Weekend Picks: ‘Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days’ and ‘Total Recall’
'Total Recall' and 'Diary of a Wimpy Kid'. Photo by 20th Century Fox/Columbia Pictures
With two new flicks opening wide this weekend, and the current champ not about to give in, the box office race is too close to call; it's a veritable free-for-all between a wimpy kid, a caped crusader, and a memory-challenged super agent.
The weekend box office fight currently poses more questions than answers. Will the Schwarzenegger remake "Total Recall" find a way to fill Arnie's big shoes? Will "Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days" find footing as another family-friendly summer hit? Or will the defending champ, "The Dark Knight Rises," go toe-to-toe with "Marvel's the Avengers" to become only this summer's second movie to win three straight weekends?
With such uncertainty, the only way to properly handicap the contenders is to take a closer look. As with anything worth betting on, the more you know, the better the bet. So here's a breakdown of both new films -- what you can expect and who will enjoy them most. And because we're givers here at Yahoo! Movies, we'll throw in a little preview of the films opening in limited release, as well.
PG for some rude humor.
What's the Story?
This film covers books three and four -- "The Last Straw" and "Dog Days" -- of Jeff Kinney's bestselling series of Wimpy Kid comic novels. The action revolves around the summer vacation adventures of teenager Greg Heffley (Zachary Gordon), including his attempts to dupe his dad (Steve Zahn) by faking employment at a hoighty-toighty country club, some messy mayhem caused by the new family dog, and really just the daily embarrassment that Greg somehow endures.
Who Will Dig It?
Fun for the whole fam. Plus, anyone who's ever read the books or seen the first two films should be equally delighted by the third installment, if not more so, seeing as this one tones down Greg's meanness a bit and puts him more in touch with his wimpy roots.
PG-13 for intense sequences of sci-fi violence and action, some sexual content, brief nudity, and language.