Diary of a Wimpy Kid 2: Rodrick Rules

(2011)

In this sequel to 2010's surprise hit, Greg Heffley, the kid who made "wimpy" cool is back in an all-new family comedy based on the best-selling follow-up novel by Jeff Kinney. As he begins seventh grade, Greg and his older brother -- and chief tormentor -- Rodrick must deal with their parents' misguided attempts to have them bond.

EXCLUSIVE: Jeff Kinney Talks ‘Diary of a Wimpy Kid 2: Rodrick Rules’

Diary of a Wimpy Kid 2: Rodrick Rules is the box office smash sequel to last year's Diary of a Wimpy Kid, and it will be arriving on Blu-ray and DVD June 21st. We recently caught up with Jeff Kinney, the man who created the novel series upon which this popular franchise is based, to chat about this upcoming home video debut, his role in bringing these popular characters to the big screen, and what 20th Century Fox has planned for Diary of a Wimpy Kid 3.

Here is our conversation.

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EXCLUSIVE: ‘Diary of a Wimpy Kid 2: Rodrick Rules’ Clip!

Diary of a Wimpy Kid 2: Rodrick Rules opened number one at the box office last week, and it looks to be headed for another great run this April Fool's Weekend. Loved by audiences and critics alike, this big screen continuation of the popular Jeff Kinney novels is a sure-fired hit that the whole family can enjoy. If you missed it the first time around, be sure to take the kids for its second weekend lap! We have an exclusive clip from Diary of a Wimpy Kid 2: Rodrick Rules, featuring teen heartthrob Devon Bostick as Rodrick, whose parents (Steve Zahn, Rachael Harris) discover that he has partied a little too hard in their absence. Click on the video below, and remember: Diary of a Wimpy Kid 2: Rodrick Rules is in theaters now!

Diary of a Wimpy Kid 2: Rodrick Rules was released March 25th, 2011.

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At a reported production cost of only $21 million, Fox's Diary of a Wimpy Kid 2: Rodrick Rules looks to be already in the black and given that families are less likely to see a movie on opening weekend the numbers should hold strong as more and more kids get their spring breaks over the next couple of weeks. Also, apparently the actor playing Rodrick, Devon Bostick, is piquing the interest of teen girls helping to get them into the theater as well.

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EXCLUSIVE: ‘Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules’ Cast Interviews

Author Jeff Kinney's "Diary of a Wimpy Kid" children's series has sold millions of copies and spawned a hit feature film. The sequel, "Diary of a Wimpy Kid 2: Rodrick Rules", continues the story of seventh grader Greg Heffley (Zachary Gordon). This time around, Greg's parents (Steve Zahn and Rachael Harris) are forcing him to spend more time with his slacker older brother, Rodrick (Devon Bostick). The Heffley brothers are magnets for trouble, taking along poor Rowley (Robert Capron) on their crazy adventures.

I had the pleasure of doing the interviews for the first film, so it was interesting to see the kids one year later. The good news is that success hasn't gone to their heads and they're still as mischievious as ever. They've settled into their characters. The sequel flows well, is very funny, and wholesome entertainment for the entire family. Robert Capron steals the show again as the hapless Rowley. I laughed myself into the ground during their 'youtube' skit. Check out our interviews below with Zachary Gordon, Devon Bostick, Robert Capron, and author Jeff Kinney.

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‘Diary of a Wimpy Kid 2: Rodrick Rules’ Trailer

Zachary Gordon returns as Greg Heffley in a follow-up to last year's hit adaptation based on the Jeff Kinney novel.