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Common Sense Media: Best Back-to-School Movies

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'Diary of a Wimpy Kid' (

Ages: 9+

Synopsis: Adorable comedy about middle-school anxieties... and farts.

What Parents Should Know: Parents need to know that this adaptation of Jeff Kinney's best-selling “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” books is full of tween-friendly jokes and mischief. There are no full-blown swear words, but the dialogue includes a lot of insults like "moron," "idiot," "tool," "stupid" and the like, as well as the standard substitute for stronger words, "freakin'." Parents sensitive to scatological humor, beware! There are several jokes about boogers and farts, a few shots featuring kids on toilets (the middle-school boys room has no doors on its stalls), and in one scene, the protagonist accidentally pees on his brother. While there's no frightening violence, there is a running theme about three older bullies who menace the main characters, and there's a girl who beats up a boy in front of the entire school. A rebellious seeming teen brother wears eyeliner, is in a garage band, and is caught with a naughty magazine (the cover only shows a woman in a bikini). —Common Sense Media (Photo: Twentieth Century Fox)

The opinions expressed are solely those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Comcast.

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