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8/14/17
I received a Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul movie night kit, including the movie, and a gift card to purchase snacks as a Fox Home Insider for review. All opinions are my own.


We are huge fans of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series by Jeff Kinney.  My oldest has read all of the books, and we have watched all of the films together.  Now I am sharing them with my two younger girls.   They were thrilled because we had the opportunity to meet one of the actors, Owen Asztalos, who plays Rowley in the movie! {Click to see our interview with Owen Asztalos}

While the cast has changed since the first few movies (due to the fact that main character actors got older and no longer look like they are in middle school), the same great humor and fun follows this latest film.  


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Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul is all about a family road trip to visit Meemaw for her birthday.  But as you know with the Heffleys, nothing about this road trip is ordinary or goes exactly as planned.

Greg Heffley has a hidden agenda of his own; he is on a mission to change his reputation on social media as Diaper Hands.  I'll let you find out why.  His parents are hopeful that this road trip will bring them closer together as a family, especially his mom.   The twists and turns on this road trip will have you laughing out loud, and perhaps thinking about your own crazy road trip stories!




I have to admit it took a bit for me to get used to the differences in casting, especially since even the parents were different actors.   I am a fan of Alicia Silverstone and Tom Everett and think they were great in their roles, but I missed Steve Zahn as Greg's quirky dad.  


If you're a fan of the original cast, you have to look at this with new eyes and kind of a "reboot" of the series.  That being said, it hardly affected my daughters, who watched all of the movies in sequence and laughed through every one.   

My favorite scene is most definitely the one in the car where the parents start singing "If You Wanna be my Lover" by the Spice Girls. {So tell me what you want, what you really really want} It's totally hilarious and something my husband and I would do!   (there are a lot of relateable parent moments in this film)


Besides their excitement about seeing Owen in the film, my girls also loved the adorable pig and Greg's little brother Manny.

Diary of a Wimpy Kid The Long Haul has many heart warming moments and great life lessons:  how telling multiple lies can lead to trouble and it's better to be honest, that family can sometimes drive you crazy, but ultimately they are the people who have your back and love you despite your mistakes.



Have an Epic Diary of a Wimpy Kid Movie Night


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We received some amazing movie themed items from 20th Century Fox for our epic "Wimpy Kid-A-Thon" which included a soft fleece blanket, backpacks that turn into lap trays on road trips in the car, Greg Heffley plushes, pencil cases, notepads, and all four films (the original Diary of a Wimpy Kid on HD).


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These items helped us plan an epic movie-thon where we watched all four films over the course of a weekend.  Here are some ideas to help you have enjoy your own "Wimpy Kid-A-Thon" at home.



Our family had a blast making all of us into Wimpy characters online.  You can choose what each family member will look like from hair and accessories to a background (although we couldn't choose a shorter character for our toddler for some reason).  These are easily shareable on social media and you can save a copy to your computer.


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2.  Make Diary of a Wimpy Kid Photo Props

Download these Wimpy Kid Masks at home and print.  Cut them out, glue to cardboard or in this case we used file folders, and attach a craft or popsicle stick.  And voila!  You can be your favorite Wimpy Kid characters.  These make fun photo props!


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3.  Diary of a Wimpy Kid Movie Night Food

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For dinner, we had some "Cheese Touch Chicken" and rice (my hubby made his cordon-bleu style with ham).  Simply make some baked chicken and add swiss cheese over the top to melt, then cook some cheese rice as a side.  

My girls thought it was hilarious that they were eating the cheese touch!

For snacks, we went with a mostly black and white theme: Hershey bars & marshmallows, Junior Mints, white string cheese, oreo cookie dunkers, raisins, greek yogurt dip and veggies (I had to add something healthy), white sports drink, and we shared a Coke with Jeff to toast Jeff Kinney.  (I wish I could find a Coke with my name on it!)

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I had this brilliant idea to draw Greg Heffley on the oreo cookies. But it really isn't as easy as it looks.  My hubby gets the credit for this.  He used black gel to draw a pretty decent likeness (much better than the one I tried with a food-safe marker).


4.  Diary of a Wimpy Kid The Long Haul Activity Sheets

I printed Diary of a Wimpy Kid The Long Haul activity sheets for the girls to work on after the movie.  

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These included post card designs for a family road trip, design your own Wimpy Kid cover, a crossword puzzle for my AK, and the game of squares.  They were a lot of fun!

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Diary of a Wimpy Kid The Long Haul
is a hilarious and heart-warming film that I know you will enjoy with your family.  It's also perfect for those end-of-the-summer family road trips!


Do you have a family road trip story to share?  Are you a Diary of a Wimpy Kid fan?  

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MikiHope said...

Actually I have never seen any of the Wimpy movies--but they sure seem like fun! You really made that movie-thon a GIANT affair and I will bet your family had a blast!!

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