rivalry underpins contrived tale
audiences despite an unsympathetic lead character. Thankfully, Bowers’ film presents us with a far more endearing hero to root for. Sibling rivalry underpins the first hour before a contrived sequence that forces feuding brothers to fib for each other and ultimately lays the foundations for a lasting friendship. Seventh grader Greg Heffley (Gordon) thinks all of his problems are solved now he has moved up a year at Westmore Middle School. Alas, insults in the corridor are nothing compared to the bullying he suffers at home from older brother Rodrick (Bostick). But their mother (Harris) concocts a hare-brained scheme to force Greg and while embarking on misadventures with longsuffering pal Rowley (Capron) and classmates Fregley (Russell) and Chirag Gupta (Brar). Diary Of A Wimpy Kid 2: Rodrick Rules is more entertaining than its lacklustre predecessor but has the feel of a straight-toDVD film that has cheekily snuck into the multiplexes. FAMILY WATCH: No Swearing, No Sex, Violence.