Rating: PG for some rude humor and language
What it's about: A boy narrates his comically nightmarish misadventures from his first year in middle school.
The kid attractor factor: The bestselling books come to life, or at least the big screen.
Good lessons/bad lessons: "It's our choices that make us who we are."
Violence: Bullies threaten it.
Language: Trips to the toilet using the milder words one uses there
Sex: Boys stumble toward that age when they notice girls.
Parents' advisory: Funny, irreverent, pretty faithful to the tween-centered books, this is very family friendly, potty breaks notwithstanding.