Having survived the horrors of sixth grade mostly intact, wisecracking Greg Heffley (Zachary Gordon) returns to middle school after summer vacation. With best friend Rowley by his side and a pretty new girl in his sights, Greg is sure that seventh grade will be nothing but smooth sailing—unless of course, his ongoing war with bullying big brother Roderick ruins everything. Based on the book series by Jeff Kinney and following last year's Diary of a Wimpy Kid
, the film's chock-full of ensemble favorites, from Greg's charmingly nerdy mom Susan (who haplessly writes a parental advice column) to nerd-wunderkind Fregley. Whether slyly supplying "the rules"—like learning to never be good at something you don't want to do—or reaffirming the importance of family, the film provides a warm take on growing up with plenty of slapstick to keep the kids chuckling.