The movie begins with the Heffley family going to a party at a roller rink, where Greg meets a new girl named Holly Hills, who is also the fourth cutest girl in the 7th grade. Of course, Greg's wimpy life has barely even changed at all, especially at school. He and his older brother, Rodrick, have not been getting along, so their mother creates something called "Mom Bucks", a type of money they can use to trade in for real money if they spend time together. And Greg and his friend Rowley make a YouTube video with Rowley sitting on a spiky tin foil ball that Greg's baby brother Manny gave to him after putting a chocolate chip cookie into his video game system's disc drive. One day, at church, Greg sits on a melted chocolate candy bar, staining the seat of his pants. When everyone at church see this, they all think that Greg has pooped himself. Knowing that it was Rodrick who exposed Greg's pants, the two wrestle on the floor, and as punishment, they are to spend the whole weekend together in the house without anyone else. But the minute after they leave, Rodrick invites all his friends at the house for a party. The next day, their mother leaves a message informing them that their parents and Manny are returning early, and the boys clean up all the evidence of the party just in time before they arrive. Unfortunately, there was at least one piece of evidence -- the photos that Rodrick took at the party. Because of this, the boys again suffer punishment. This time, they are to spend the following weekend at their grandfather's retirement home at Leisure Village. While Greg is sleeping one time, Rodrick reads his diary out loud. He threatens to tell Holly about Greg's things he wrote down, and Greg chases after him in his underwear. He manages to steal back the diary, and enters the women's bathroom. He rips out the two pages with the things Rodrick was reading out loud, and flushes them down the toilet. On the day of the talent show, Greg bargains with his mother to allow Rodrick to perform with the other members of his band, Löded Diper, in exchange of performing with Rowley in his magic performance. At the end, Greg and Rodrick finally forgive each other, and start a new friendship.


  • Zachary Gordon - Greg Heffley
  • Devon Bostick - Rodrick Heffley
  • Robert Capron - Rowley Jefferson
  • Rachael Harris - Susan Heffley
  • Steve Zahn - Frank Heffley
  • Peyton List - Holly Hills
  • Karan Brar - Chirag Gupta
  • Grayson Russell - Fregley
  • Laine MacNeil - Patty Farrell
  • Terence Kelly - Grandpa
  • Fran Kranz - Bill Walter
  • Andrew McNee - Coach Malone
  • Connor and Owen Fielding - Manny Heffley
  • John Shaw - Mr. Huff
  • Alf Humphreys - Mr. Jefferson
  • Jakob Davies - Scotty Douglas
  • Conner Ingram - Young Rodrick
  • Jeff Kinney (The real-life author of the series) - Mr. Hills

Production timeline

  • May 12, 2010: The sequel film was slated for a release on March 25, 2011.
  • August 23–October 27, 2010: Filming occurred in the province of British Columbia.

Release timeline

Format Country of origin Date
Theatrical trailer USA December 25, 2010
Theatrical trailer Worldwide (international) January 3, 2011
Original theatrical USA March 25, 2011
DVD/Blu-ray Disc USA June 21, 2011
DVD/Blu-ray Disc Australia August 17, 2011
DVD/Blu-ray Disc South Korea August 24, 2011
DVD/Blu-ray Disc Thailand August 25, 2011
DVD/Blu-ray Disc UK September 19, 2011
DVD/Blu-ray Disc Taiwan September 28, 2011
DVD/Blu-ray Disc Japan November 23, 2011
DVD/Blu-ray Disc France February 1, 2012
On YouTube Worldwide August 12, 2013

Television broadcasts

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules can currently be seen on Cartoon Network as of June 15, 2013. Most recently, it aired on Discovery Family on June 12, 2016, and on Disney Channel on August 17, 2016.

Home video timeline

Main article: Home video timeline for the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series





Diary of a Wimpy Kid Rodrick Rules Trailer 20th Century FOX

Diary of a Wimpy Kid Rodrick Rules Trailer 20th Century FOX