The first Diary of a Wimpy Kid is one of my favourite comedies of the past few years. It was a welcome kids flick amongst a seemingly neverending inundation of crap. Number 2 came out and while it was decent enough on it's own it didn't quite hit the spot like the first. And now comes number 3 "Dog Days". It's on par with the second and doesn't reach the hilarity of the original, however, a lot of the puerile humour has been abandoned for a more pragmatic story. These kids aren't little any more and so when they do stupid stuff it's no longer "cute" and as they're all teenagers now their antics become self-centred, irresponsible and annoying.... but the movie knows that and so the parents play a bigger role. The central character of Greg thinks the sun shines of his arse and that he knows everything and so this time his attitude is played against his father (Steve Zahn) who wishes his son would grow up and be responsible for his actions. It's a different type of movie to the previous ones and that's it's saving grace. When you come to realise that you wont be getting the same toilet-humour you're used to then it becomes a coming-of-age movie that strikes a few chords. I've always thought that Steve Zahn was miscast in the series and I still think that, but he handles the softer moments well. As these kids get older, they become less funny. If they strive for Diary of a Wimpy Kid 4 then they've really got to pull out some magic because nothing less could rescue this sinking ship.