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Diary of a Wimpy Kid 2: Rodrick Rules | 2011 | PG | - 1.3.2

The "wimpy kid" (Zachary Gordon) returns in his second installment, which focuses on the uncomfortable relationship between him and his older brother (Devon Bostick). Also with Steve Zahn, Rachael Harris, Robert Capron, Connor Fielding, Owen Fielding, Peyton List, Laine MacNeil and Grayson Russell. Directed by David Bowers. [1:36]

SEX/NUDITY 1 - A tween boy and a tween girl walk arm-in-arm onto a roller rink floor to skate together. Three tween boys are nervous when a tween girl speaks to them. Three tween boys swoon over a tween girl in several scenes. Boys and girls skate together during a couple's skate."
 A tween boy passes a note to a tween girl that compliments her hair. A teen boy says, "Chicks dig bad boys." A tween boy receives a note from a tween girl asking him to meet her in the art room at lunch (it is a set up by another student). We hear a tween boy say, "Wanna see my secret freckle?" A tween boy is called a "peeping Tom" when he is found in a women's restroom.
 A tween boy wearing only jockey shorts runs through a hallway and into a public area, he carries a large potted plant to cover himself, he hides in a women's restroom where he is found and attacked by several elderly women, and he gets away and is unharmed. We see a tween boy wearing Speedo-type swimsuit. Several boys wear trunks. A teen boy wears an open vest. A woman wears a low-cut dress that reveals cleavage. A teen girl wears a low-cut top that reveals cleavage.


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VIOLENCE/GORE 3 - A man shouts and chases a teen boy and a tween boy through a parking lot, down an alley and into a shopping mall (the man does not catch the boys). Two tween boys are caught among several skaters and cannot free themselves (they yell but are not harmed).
 A teen boy drives recklessly with two tween boys in the back of the van; the boys are thrown all around the van and one ends up sitting on the other's face (they are not wearing seatbelts; they are unharmed). A tween boy sits on a ball of foil that has toothpicks sticking out of it and he is impaled in the buttock (he yells); a woman removes the toothpicks (he yells again).
 A tween boy tackles his older brother in front of a crowd of people in church. A tween boy jumps off a bed, we hear a thud and he says, "My knee bone." A man tackles what he thinks are two boys (they are mannequins) and he falls to the floor. A tween boy wearing only jockey shorts runs through a hallway and into a public area, he carries a large potted plant to cover himself, he hides in a women's restroom where he is found and attacked by several elderly women, and he gets away unharmed.
 We see two scenes from a horror movie that show a severed foot chasing and kicking a man that screams; the other scene shows the severed foot moving under the covers where a woman lies and then lunging toward her face and getting a toe lodged in her nose (she screams and the two tween boys watching are frightened). We see the cover of a DVD called "The Foot" that features a severed foot with gray-tinged skin and darkened toenails. We see a portrait of a man with a missing foot.
 A tween boy is "rescued" from a skating rink by his father in front of a large crowd of people and his peers. Several tween boys point and laugh at another boy for what he is wearing. Several tweens point and laugh at a boy, who is tricked by another tween boy. A tween boy is laughed at when he has a chocolate stain on his pants and someone in a crowd calls out that he has defecated.
 A teen boy teases and harasses his younger brother in many scenes: he asks him, "Can you break your leg so we can leave?" at a roller skating party, we see a pencil drawing of him putting a sock in his brother's mouth (the brother coughs but is fine), he smacks him in the back of the head while threatening him, he locks him in the basement and threatens to lock him in a refrigerator, he tells his brother, "You're my brother, you'll never be my friend," and he says, "You are so dead."
 A tween boy throws a bird during a magic act, it falls to the floor and appears dead, but it flies away and defecates on the two boys and later on a tween girl (we see white splatter on their heads). A house is trashed with food and toilet paper when a young man throws a party while his parents are away. A teen boy pretends to vomit into a car, then pulls out a piece of fake vomit and throws it on the ground. Two boys play practical jokes on people using fake vomit and leaving it on the trunks of their cars (each person shouts or jumps when they see it). Two tween boys spit out bites of pizza after they realize where the food might have been in a garbage can, sneezed upon or sat upon; we see the food leave their mouths. After taking a bite of pizza, a tween boy finds a piece of chewed gum in his mouth (not his own) and when he pulls it out another boy takes it and places it behind his ear "for later." A man eats sloppily and we see food dribbling on his face. A tween boy touches a stain on the back of his pants (to prove it's chocolate and not feces) and then licks his finger in front of a crowd. A tween boy falls face-first into a cake and smashes it. A tween boy is shown with two carrots sticking out of his nose. A young man spills a beverage on a young woman's shirt. A teen boy spits milk on a tween boy's face and shirt.
 A tween boy and a tween girl argue and struggle over a desk in a classroom. A young girl yells at a boy for ruining her birthday. A teacher threatens a tween boy. A teacher smacks a tween boy on the arm with a pen. A tween boy is punished in class and made to sit in the front of the room. A tween boy dreams about running away from home and finding a new family "that loves him." A young man and his tween brother lie to their mother on several occasions. A father yells at two of his sons. Two boys argue. A man and a woman argue. A teen boy describes his band and says, "We play so loud that we make people's eardrums bleed." A band's name is "Loded Diper."
 We see a YouTube video of an elderly woman falling off a stage and crashing onto a table that breaks beneath her (it is not clear whether she is harmed). A husband is embarrassed by his wife, who's dancing in public, in a couple of scenes. A young man wears a sign on his back that reads "bed wetter." We see a pencil drawing of two tombstones in a graveyard with a vulture nearby and death carrying a sickle in the background.
 A young boy sticks his tongue out at a tween boy. A tween boy wears a pair of underwear on his head. A teen boy and a young man joke about flatulence. Two boys suffer from "brain freeze" after drinking a cold fountain drink.


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LANGUAGE 2 - 2 mild scatological terms, 1 mild anatomical term, 1 mild obscenity, name-calling (lame, loser, jerk, wimp, Romeo, moochacho, chunky cheese, earthworm, nerds, chubby, you have no game, fakers, stupid, dufus, butt-brain), exclamations (holy moly), 1 religious exclamation.


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SUBSTANCE USE - Adults are shown with wine in glasses at a dinner (we do not see them drink).


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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Sibling relationships, family, growing up, success, ambitions, embarrassment, lying, honesty, fate, destiny, retirement communities, humiliation, denial, punishment, learning lessons, cheating, lowering expectations.

MESSAGE - A lie hurts everyone.

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