ri­valry un­der­pins con­trived tale

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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.

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