Diary of A Wimpy Kid: Dog Days

(PG) ★★☆☆☆

Why are these movies so much less fun than the books by Jeff Kinney? Greg (Zachary Gordon) is on summer vacation, and his dad (Steve Zahn) has plans to school Greg in camping. Greg’s pal Rowley (Robert Capron) sneaks Greg into his country club to be around Holly (Peyton List), the nice girl who teaches tennis. The film never finds the heightened state of comic anxiety from the books, and a great cast’s talents are largely wasted.

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