Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul

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"He just craps on the name that is Rodrick Heffley. This is just not Rodrick. If he played maybe a character in a Beavis and ButtheadBTSW live-action movie, then maybe he would be alright, but it just doesn't fit here. It just doesn't fit at all and it's more annoying than anything. There is no reason to even make this movie."

24 Frames Of Nick


Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul
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This isn't the Diary of a Wimpy Kid film trilogy you guys know and love.
Genre: Comedy
Directed By: David Bowers
Produced By: Nina Jacobson
Brad Simpson
Written By: Jeff Kinney
David Bowers
Adam Sztykiel (uncredited)
Based On: Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul
by Jeff Kinney
Starring: Jason Drucker
Alicia Silverstone
Tom Everett Scott
Charlie Wright
Owen Asztalos
Cinematography: Anthony B. Richmond
Distributed By: 20th Century Fox
Release Date: May 19, 2017
Runtime: 91 minutes
Country: United States
Language: English
Budget: $22 million
Box Office: $40 million
Franchise: Diary of a Wimpy Kid
Prequel: Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog DaysGMW


Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul (sometimes known as Diary of a Wimpy Kid 4: The Long Haul) is a 2017 American family road comedy film directed by David Bowers. It is the fourth installment in the Diary of a Wimpy Kid film series and is based on the ninth and tenth books in the series, The Long Haul and Old School, and one element based on the eighth book Hard Luck.

It was released theatrically on May 19, 2017, by 20th Century Fox. The film received negative reviews, with many criticizing its new cast. It grossed $40 million worldwide on a $22 million production cost.

Plot

A Heffley family road trip to attend Meemaw's ninetieth birthday goes awry thanks to Greg's newest scheme to get to a video game convention.

Why It Sucks

  1. The main problem and criticism of the film is the new cast, as they do not necessarily match the roles and appearances of the characters. The new cast also has rather lousy chemistry, unlike the first three films. This is especially noticeable between the Heffley family and other characters.
  2. There are several main problems with the characters:
    • Greg looks way too young to be a convincing middle schooler, as he looks more like a second-grader.
    • Rodrick's appearance doesn't match the books or previous films, as his new actor lacks the proper look that Devon Bostick had. Unlike the previous films, his personally felt fake and one-dimensional.
    • Susan Heffley hardly looks anything like in the previous three films, in which she was overall caring. In the first three films, Rachael Harris had brown hair and put in a good performance that matched her character's personality incredibly well and made her look like a convincing parent. But in this film, Alicia Silverstone has blonde hair and puts in a more threatening and aggressive performance that doesn't match up to her character at all and it makes her look more like a bully than a parent.
    • Frank is an incredibly boring character compared to the first three films, who was way funnier and more interesting then.
    • Manny doesn't look anything like he did in the first three films, as he now has curly hair with no explanation.
  3. Bad acting that comes across as lazy and unnatural.
  4. Very weak, unoriginal and poorly-executed story that straight-up rips off A Goofy MovieGMW. You could replace the existing characters with some other random characters and it wouldn't make a single difference.
  5. Confusing and hard-to-follow climax.
  6. The main characters have no real personality, with Greg being the stereotypical main character.
  7. While the movie still has elements from the books, it focuses more on telling its own story rather than adapting the story of the book the film is based on, leading to poor use of the source material.
    • In the book, the Heffleys were going on a road trip to get out of town. However, in this film, they go on a road trip to visit Meemaw for her birthday. In addition, the water park scene from the book isn't present in the film.
    • In Hard Luck, Meemaw is rumored to be dead; but in this film, she's alive!
    • In the book, the youngest child in the Beardo family is a boy; but in this film, she's a girl!
  8. Despite being the fourth film in the franchise, it has a really poor connection to the previous films, which makes it feel more like a generic remake or reboot than a sequel.
  9. There is no good comedy or humor in this film, which is unacceptable because Diary of a Wimpy Kid is meant to be a comedic franchise.
    • There is a lot of phone humor since the movie panders to teens who use their phones a lot, with outdated memes and cringe-worthy references to apps such as Snapchat, an example being #DiaperHands.
    • There is also way too much toilet and gross-out humor. While the previous films had some gross-out humor, they didn't heavily rely on it and instead used character interactions as the main source of humor.
  10. Constant reuse of the same background extras and the worst part of this is that some of them look directly in front of the camera.
  11. There is very confusing logic in this film, although it is meant to be based on reality.
    • It takes two days for the Heffleys to get to Indiana, even though they live in Ohio and Indiana is a neighboring state.
    • The car's engine somehow gets damaged when they run into a soft hay bale.
    • Greg is somehow able to access the Beardos' hotel room without a key card, even though all key cards are meant to only unlock a specific room.
    • The Heffleys think that it is somehow fine to push their car at a very quick speed down the incredibly steep hill in front of Meemaw's house and get into the car as they do it. However, in real life, the family (except Greg, who is in the boat) would likely die because of the steepness of the hill and the car's speed, which would cause them to crash into Meemaw's house.
      • In addition, it seems impossible for Rodrick, Manny, Susan and Frank to be in Meemaw's backyard so soon after the boat flies into the pool, safe and sound. They would need to get out of the car, ring the doorbell and have someone at least one door. This would take around one-two minutes yet they arrive just fifteen seconds after the boat flies into the pool.
    • As a poor attempt at humor, the emotional moments are stopped almost immediately, since the film just crams in another unneeded joke when it tries to be emotional.
  12. Manny wins a pig and somehow it's all Greg's fault, even though he was trying to prevent this from happening.
  13. Unnecessary product placements, consisting of Dunkin' Donuts, Instagram and Apple products. This also includes references to mainstream pop culture like UndertaleAGW, MinecraftAGW and Twitch streamers.
    • On that topic, Greg's main goal in this film is to be featured in Mac Digby's (his favorite YouTuber) gaming stream.
    • Speaking of the mainstream pop culture, the movie relies too much on being hip and current; there are references to selfies, memes (which are dated), social media, internet celebrities and cars with engine start buttons.
    • One of the cringiest moments in the film is where Rodrick looks at cosplay on Greg's phone.
  14. The Heffleys' characterizations have been butchered and they often behave in a nonsensical, annoying, frustrating and idiotic manner.
    • For example, instead of calling the cops on the Beardos, the Heffleys decide to chase them down and break into their hotel just to get their stuff back.
    • Susan has a massive ego and is a very selfish and immature parent. She is also a huge Mary Sue who yells constantly, bashes modern technology and belittles what her family likes and don't like while caring more about what she likes. In fact, she doesn't even care the slightest that she humiliates Greg at the expo and is more concerned about running the trip the way she wants it and gets away with it, making her a karma houdini. Even her apology seen nearly at the end of the movie does not excuse her for the things she has done that.
      • What makes this aspect worse is that in the third film, Susan says "You can't take away what they love" to Frank, which is exactly what she does here. Not only does this contradict the previous film, but this can also count as hypocrisy.
    • Another example is Greg not telling his family about the Beardos, who are literally trying to kill him, yet he tries to hide this from his family. Though this could be because he thinks he will be blamed for it, which is likely.
    • Instead of trying to get their stuff back from the Beardos who stole it in the first place, Susan is more concerned about getting cleaned than getting their stuff back, which is the whole point of the attempt to break into the motel room in the first place.
    • Greg somehow thinks that Indianapolis is near Meemaw's house on a map that is scaled, and he should know that maps aren't like that, implying that he doesn't understand how maps work.
  15. There is one scene where Greg almost gets run over by a car and Susan is more concerned about Manny taking a nap than Greg almost getting hurt and tells him to be careful because he almost woke up Manny. Instead of being grateful that her son wasn't killed, Susan takes this for granted and is worried about something far less important. This just shows how horrible and neglectful Susan can be.
  16. The morals were mostly bad and felt extremely shoved in.
  17. Lame action scenes that many films have done better.
  18. Uninteresting chain of events that only serve to pad out the running time of the movie.
  19. Abysmal production values, considering the author, Jeff Kinney, would much rather have an animated adaptation of Cabin Fever, which would have been marketed as a theatrical film or a television special, but somehow decided to go with a fourth film with an all-new cast, which unfortunately didn't help.
  20. The movie often acts like spending time with your family and taking a break from technology is a problem, with Greg even saying "we need things like video games and smartphones to survive" in the beginning, which is a very bad and false moral.
  21. Atrocious CGI for the seagulls and the mouse, which look absolutely fake and unrealistic.
  22. Surprisingly bad ending, especially compared to the first three films.
  23. Greg almost does not learn anything in this movie or the movie did not try to build up the lesson. Well, in the first 3 movies, Greg learns to be a better friend, a better son, and a better brother, but Greg does not learn anything at all.

Redeeming Qualities

  1. Like all Wimpy Kid movies, the 2D animation segments are still well done, though different to accommodate a diorama aesthetic.
  2. Good soundtrack.
  3. Jeff Kinney, the creator of the book series, makes a cameo appearance in one scene.
  4. Despite the bad casting choices, it does make sense to have a new cast as the old cast grew up.

Reception

Trailer reaction

On February 23, 2017, a theatrical poster and teaser trailer were released, and the following month, the official trailer was released. Both trailers received negative feedback from fans for its recasting of the main characters. Many took to social media to further express their outrage and began using the hashtag "#NotMyRodrick", which eventually became a widespread meme. Other hashtags included "#NotMyHeffleys" and "#NotMyRowley".

Critical response

On Rotten TomatoesRWW, the film has an approval rating of 18% based on 71 reviews and an average rating of 4.2/10. The site's critical consensus reads: "With an all-new cast but the same juvenile humor, Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul finds the franchise still stuck in arrested – and largely unfunny – development." On Metacritic, the film has a score of 36 out of 100 based on 16 critics, indicating "generally unfavorable reviews". Audiences polled by CinemaScoreRWW gave the film an average grade of "B" on an A+ to F scale, down from the first three films' "A-". On IMDbRWW, the average rating is 4.3/10.

Box office

The film opened in about 3,174 theaters, the second-biggest opening for a Diary of a Wimpy Kid film, after Dog Days, The Long Haul grossed $20.7 million in the United States and Canada and $19.3 million in other countries for a worldwide total of $40.1 million, against a production budget of $22 million. It was the lowest-grossing film of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series.

In North America, the film was initially projected to gross around $12 million from 3,129 theaters during its opening weekend. However, after grossing $2 million on its first day, projections were lowered to $7 million. It ended up finishing with $7.1 million, placing 6th at the box office and marking the lowest opening of the franchise.

When the film was released in the United Kingdom, it opened on #2, behind Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales with £1,444,092.

The film has grossed over $2.6 million in the United States through home video sales.

Videos

Devon Bostick (the original actor for Rodrick) reacting to the trailer for the movie

External Links

Comments


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MeggieConte

16 months ago
Score 5
If you're looking for a bunch of kids messing around with their lives, watch South Park. I guarantee you're gonna love it. Stay far away from this abomination, you have been warned.
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EijiZeBoi

7 months ago
Score 0
I deleted my own comment, but it didn't delete the replies, so can someone delete these replies to this comment?
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Matthew The Guy

16 months ago
Score 0
You can't just randomly make the entire cast die, especially in a film with this demographic.
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Nihirichan

16 months ago
Score 0
Heartless!
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Matthew The Guy

10 months ago
Score 5
Uh, it wasn't the funniest joke I've ever seen. Just shocking.
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Footsies

15 months ago
Score 1
After i saw Dog Days, i was waiting for a 4th one to come out. But when i saw the trailer, it was trash. Greg looked like a 7 year old, and Rodrick looked like a chinese women. I seriously can't believe that David Borrows (the director of the 2nd and 3rd) directed this piece of trash. Jeff Kinney even wroted the screenplay for this trash too. I really miss the old cast. :(
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Eaglebee2356

11 months ago
Score 5
Actually the new Rodrick looks like Lil tay
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CaddyFan

15 months ago
Score 2

Do you know whats great about it? *sarcastic*





I saw it in cinemas

What a waste of money
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Spidey McFly

10 months ago
Score 1
Yeah right, I bet if it wasn’t for the new cast change, you wouldn’t have noticed all the flaws.
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Matthew The Guy

10 months ago
Score 1
Dude, you didn't even hear Caddy's reasoning yet.
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That One Stickman

15 months ago
Score -6
This wasn't a bad film.
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Kesner

15 months ago
Score 6
You're opinion.
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Spidey McFly

11 months ago
Score 1
Yeah, and you respect it.
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ItMeansNothing

10 months ago
Score 2
I have no idea why I didn't proofread this.
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LeroyManTheFirst

2 months ago
Score 0
Jeez Louise, why did this got -5 votes?
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EijiZeBoi

14 months ago
Score 8
Why does Greg look like a younger Nicolas Cage?
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Footsies

12 months ago
Score 2
IKR
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ItMeansNothing

11 months ago
Score 3

DIaPeR hAndS! LOoK IT'S DiApEr hAnds! LOl! this SHits HIlLarIOus BRO!

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BlazePlastic2003

11 months ago
Score 2
  1. NotMyRodrick
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EijiZeBoi

11 months ago
Score 8
Rodrick looks like Lil Tay.
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ItMeansNothing

11 months ago
Score 2
Looks like Lord Farquaad with a bit of a Markiplier
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EijiZeBoi

11 months ago
Score 6

Nah, more like Lil Tay

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ItMeansNothing

11 months ago
Score 2
I guess that makes sense.
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GrilledCheese800

10 months ago
Score 2
Ooh, lil rod, money way
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Mr. Dready

6 months ago
Score 0

For me: he looks like Butt-Head from Beavis and Butthead. I don't know Why?

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GrilledCheese800

10 months ago
Score -5
Also that gamer in the film rips off DanTDM, Another bad YouTuber IMO.
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LeroyManTheFirst

2 months ago
Score 1
DanTDM isn’t bad, he’s better than Digby.
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MarioGamer2019TheCringe

10 months ago
Score 2
Susan Heffley used to be a good character way before this disgraceful movie even came out. Now, Susan Heffley is horrible. I'd like to speak with the manager of this nonsense movie
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EijiZeBoi

10 months ago
Score 4
Is your name Karen?
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Footsies

10 months ago
Score 3
Agreed.
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Hayden B.

9 months ago
Score 1
I can't believe I was so hyped when I saw the trailer a few years back...
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MeggieConte

9 months ago
Score 1
Rodrick looks like Kim Jong-un
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Mickey Mouse

9 months ago
Score 2
In my honest opinion, he looks like a gay K-Pop singer
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MeggieConte

9 months ago
Score 1
Someone please do a drinking contest where every time something doesn't make sense in this movie, each person gets one shot of alcohol
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NostalgiaCriticFTWMichaelBayFTL

8 months ago
Score 1

A wimp WILL NOT rise.

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Hayden B.

7 months ago
Score 0
Let's just hope Disney will actually let Greg rise from the ashes that is the Wimpy Kid movie franchise.
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Botbuster

one month ago
Score 0
A wimp will fall from Hollywood.
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Mr. Dready

7 months ago
Score 2

Rodrick looks like he belongs in a live action Beavis and Butthead movie, and Greg looks like he didn't got older but younger.

So i think this should be a rule, if you make a sequel with a new cast, make sure that the new cast looks like the old cast.
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Athaggard160

7 months ago
Score 0
There’s only SO MANY WIS reasons in one AMW article.
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Footsies

7 months ago
Score 1
R.I.P Diary of a Wimpy Kid 2010-2017
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LeroyManTheFirst

3 months ago
Score 0
Good news, it’s getting resurrected by Disney!
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PhantomVulture

6 months ago
Score 0
I think we can all agree, that the pig was the best actor in the film.
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Cono Jones

6 months ago
Score 1
I really hate this movie like everyone else, but I feel like we went too far with the #NotMyRodrick meme. We practically destroyed Charlie Wright's reputation with the meme.
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Spidey McFly

3 months ago
Score -1
Not to mention, the meme wasn’t really that funny in the first place.
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Mr. Dready

5 months ago
Score 2
I've got to admit, the casting chocies in this movie are just as bad as the ones from Dragonball: Evolution, here because none of the actors look like the original cast, and in DBE, because none of the characters look like they're anime or manga counterparts.
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Spidey McFly

3 months ago
Score 0
Well, if you ask me, I’d rather have an actor portray the character well than look like him/her. I mean, Brandon Routh looked way too young to be Superman, but many fans agree he played the character well.
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Blossom.Alyssa

5 months ago
Score -1
Why, why, WHY did they choose a Chinese woman for Rodrick??
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LeroyManTheFirst

2 months ago
Score 0
At least he’s better than most of the actors in this movie.
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RyMann37

5 months ago
Score 0
If I was gonna watch one of the Resident Evil movies or this, I would rather watch one of the Resident Evil movies.
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CarlFilip19

2 months ago
Score 0

There are billions and billions of stars, but there aren't billions and billions of funny moments here.

Dats How Digby Love Space!
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N125416AA

2 months ago
Score 0
Lol why does Rodrick look Asian? And Almost looking like Michael Jackson?
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Footsies

2 months ago
Score 0
I gotta say, that´s a lotta comments being posted on this article.
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Botbuster

2 months ago
Score 0
Zoo-Wee-Mama!
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MaIware

2 months ago
Score 1
the damn scene where he throws up on the ride was the worst thing ever
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Kesner

2 months ago
Score 0

In his mouth nonetheless. Disgusting

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Demon Horse

one month ago
Score 0
They should have left Diary of a Wimpy Kid as a trilogy.
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Nitesh Surya Vanapalli

one month ago
Score -1

"He just craps on the name that is Rodrick Heffley. This is just not Rodrick. If he played maybe a character in a Beavis and ButtheadBTSW live-action movie, then maybe he would be alright, but it just doesn't fit here. It just doesn't fit at all and it's more annoying than anything. There is no reason to even make this movie."

— 24 Frames Of Nick

This isn't the Diary of a Wimpy Kid film trilogy you guys know and love.
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Theblazemaster4

one month ago
Score 0
You're just copypasting aren't you
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LeroyManTheFirst

28 days ago
Score 0
r/dumbindians
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NeedsMoreJPEG

one month ago
Score 0
ThAT's HoW DIGbY dO iT!
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Jego5542Gonzalez

one month ago
Score 1
This movie was my least favorite from the Diary of A Wimpy Kid movie franchise because they had to replaced Zachary Gordon with Jason Drucker to play Greg Heffley. Plus, I didn’t find it all that funny.
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DatCoolRedstoneGuy Est. 2004

8 days ago
Score 0
The book is amazing. But this movie sucks
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Tony Li

8 days ago
Score 0
I'm the exact opposite ngl
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Roblistic

2 days ago
Score 0
If The Emoji Movie won 4 razzies, this should've been nominated for or even won at least 2 or 3.

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