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The Heffley family: Greg (Jason Drucker), Rodrick (Charlie Wright), Frank (Tom Everett Scott), Susan (Alicia Silverstone), and Manny (Dylan and Wyatt Walters) – plus Rowley (Owen Asztalos) arrive at Corny’s, a family-friendly restaurant that Greg thinks is for babies. At the table, Greg and Rowley watch a video of their idol, internet celebrity Mac Digby (Joshua Hoover), whom Susan considers a bad influence. Manny then gets stuck in the tube maze above the ball pit, which means Greg must go get him. He gets bombarded by other smaller kids and then loses Manny in the ball pit. Greg scrambles to find him but then ends up getting a dirty diaper stuck to his hands. As he tries to shake the diaper off, other kids and adults start laughing and recording Greg on their phones.
Greg becomes a viral sensation known as “Diaper Hands”, which has left him humiliated. He finds out that Mac is going to be at a video game convention, Player Expo. Since the Heffleys are heading on a road trip for their Meemaw’s 90th birthday, Greg tries to find a way to get to Player Expo and take a video with Mac so that everyone can forget about Diaper Hands.
The Heffleys pack up for their road trip, but their van becomes cluttered with so much luggage that Frank considers flying. Not wanting to miss the convention, Greg suggests putting all their luggage in Frank’s boat so that they’ll have space and possibly get the boat on the water.
As the family hits the road, Susan forces her sons to give up their phones so that they can have a “disconnected” family vacation free of electronics. Greg and Rodrick reluctantly hand over their phones. She also makes them eat healthy snacks instead of stopping to eat something. For fun, Susan pulls out a card game where people confess to things. It takes a real turn when Greg uses something he knows Rodrick did and makes him admit it. Frank and Susan follow suit and make Rodrick admit to other naughty things he’s done, then forcing him to apologize on the phone to their neighbor whose house he TP’d a while back. Rodrick shoots Greg a death glare and promises to get him back.
The family passes by a grocery store and drops Greg and Rodrick so they don’t wake Manny from his nap (because that would be really bad). Instead of sticking to Susan’s list of healthy junk, Rodrick grabs a bunch of sugary junk. The Heffleys stop at a crummy motel for the night. The boys want to use the pool but find that it has been drained.
All that’s left is a hot tub which is being occupied by a family that Greg refers to as “the Beardos” (because the dad has a big beard). Later that night, the family leaves the hot tub, so the brothers go for a dip. Greg has taken his phone, and Rodrick finds out. He goes to tell on Greg as payback for the card game. Greg tries to get out but accidentally pulls a bag of cheese puffs into the hot tub, turning him orange. He then tells Rodrick about the Player Expo and how he may have a chance to earn a cash prize to fix his van and maybe even meet hot girls in cosplay. Rodrick agrees to join Greg.
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul (sometimes known as Diary of a Wimpy Kid 4: The Long Haul) is a 2017 American family road comedy film directed by David Bowers. It is the fourth installment in the Diary of a Wimpy Kid film series, and is based on the ninth and tenth books in the series, The Long Haul and Old School, and one element based on the eighth book Hard Luck. Despite not being a reboot, the cast members from the first three films do not reprise their roles.
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul grossed $20.7 million in the United States and Canada and $19.3 million in other countries for a worldwide total of $40.1 million million, against a production budget of $22 million. It was the lowest grossing film of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series.
In North America, the film was released alongside Everything, Everything and Alien: Covenant, and was initially projected to gross around $12 million from 3,129 theaters during its opening weekend. However, after grossing $2 million on its first day, projections were lowered to $7 million. It ended up finishing with $7.1 million, placing 6th at the box office and marking the lowest opening of the franchise. When the film was released in the United Kingdom, it opened on #2, behind Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales with £1,444,092.
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul (2017)
Directed by: David Bowers
Starring: Jason Drucker, Alicia Silverstone, Tom Everett Scott, Charlie Wright, Owen Asztalos, Joshua Hoover, Mira Silverman, Chris Coppola, Neva Howell, Danny Vinson, Carlos Guerrero
Screenplay by: Jeff Kinney, David Bowers
Production Design by:
Cinematography by: Anthony B. Richmond
Film Editing by: Troy Takaki
Costume Design by: Mary Claire Hannan
Set Decoration by: Tasha Clarkson
Art Direction by: Erin Cochran
Music by: Edward Shearmur
MPAA Rating: PG for some rude humor.
Distributed by: 20th Century Fox
Release Date: May 19, 2017