There’s angst on display, but it’s trumped and eventually smothered by body-slamming action sequences that just don’t know when to quit.
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules, the middle school comedy sequel, finished first at the box office on its debut weekend.
For its protagonist, it’s a vivid dream that provides an escape from a terrifying reality. For the audience, it’s a grating grab bag of titillating nonsense. For a critic, it’s a session with a doodle pad.