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Max Keeble's Big Move (2001)

Max Keeble, the victim of his 7th grade class, plots revenge when he learns he's moving; it backfires when he doesn't move after all.

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Max Keeble is a nice, quiet teenager, whose idea of 'superhero-requiring' danger is braving Evil Ice Cream Man who blames him for a health complaint from ma Lily. She spent six years on just the right interior and now hears from dad Don Keeble, a wimp whose 'career' in commercial publicity still only got him wearing sly costumes, a promotion requires the family to move to Chicago. Initially Max just hates giving up his high-school friends, a fatso and a music-maniac, but when their former friend Troy McGinty picks on them with his new image as bully realizes leaving means he can't be punished after Friday, and plans an orgy of revenge. Max's targets include the arrogant new principal, Elliot T. Jindraike, who spends the school budget on a new sports stadium to flatter the inspector, Superintendant Bobby 'Crazy Legs' Knebworth, and even plants to tear down the animal shelter. When it's all in motion, dad suddenly announces he has taken Max's first advice and turned down the promotion! Written by KGF Vissers

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They're taking on the world. One bully at a time. See more »

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Comedy | Crime | Family

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Rated PG for some bullying and crude humor | See all certifications »

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5 October 2001 (USA)  »

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7th Grade Heart Attack  »

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$25,000,000 (estimated)

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$5,377,958 (USA) (5 October 2001)

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$17,292,381 (USA) (22 February 2002)
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The production crew shot a scene of Troy McGinty throwing a mud and sawdust covered Max Keeble into a garbage dumpster (which Alex D. Linz described as "so nasty") but decided not to put it into the film nor into the deleted scenes on the DVD. See more »

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On Max's first day of school, he gets to school by bus. After school, he walks from the school to the Animal Shelter. After he is doing visiting the animals and trainers at the Animal shelter, we see Max is biking home. How does he have his bike with him if he took the bus to school, then decided to walk home after the animal shelter visit? Where/how did he suddenly get his bike to school & the animal shelter if he took the bus to school? See more »

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Principal Jindraike: What is the meaning of this?
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During the end credits, the McGoogles TV show theme song plays in the background. See more »

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References 20/20 (1978) See more »

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I'm Free
Written and Performed by Andrew Dorfman and Rob Laufer
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I Loved This Movie As A Kid And Now.
5 May 2015 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

As a grown man, it is rare for me to like kid's movies and/or like the same kid's movies as much as I did before. Some of them I still like just because of the nostalgia feel--I don't think I would have liked some if I saw them for the first time today. Max Keeble's Big Move is not one of those. I think I would have loved this movie regardless of my age and intellect.

This movie feature a few stars along with future stars that were still making their names. It stars Home Alone 3's Alex D Linz as the title character and a fat Josh Peck as his best friend Robe. Because I love this movie so much, I may always see Peck as a fat nerd. It also features Larry Miller, Nora Dunn, Jamie Kennedy, Zena Grey, Orlando Brown, Noel Fisher and Robert Carradine.

The movie is about Max entering the 7th grade, where he must be subjected to bullies, peer pressure and an odd faculty. Max's salesman father (Carradine) gets news that he must move to Chicago and Max is shocked. But he soon sees it as an opportunity to enact revenge on all those wrong with the school. Things take a turn for the worst when the school suffers even more and Max finds out he doesn't have to move after all. Uh-oh!

The first thing this has that is needed for a bully movie is the sense of realism and comedy. Max Keeble is able to find the perfect balance between these. The comedy never runs out of fuel and it is there to make everything that much better. Max's plans for revenge are so funny and genius. There's one scene where he starts a food fight to make Principal Jindrake (Miller) look bad. I would honestly say it is the best food fight ever filmed; better than Animal House, Problem Child 2 and others. There's many other scenes that make this wonderful.

Max Keeble was back in the days when characters in family movies were made with such depth and like-ability. Max is a preteen who is trying to figure out the world and think he is doing well, when it really just makes everything worse for everybody. These characters give good lessons on bullying, revenge and egos. Just because he thinks he won't be there to be punished, Max let's his whole revenge scheme get to his head and thinks he's the greatest. All he did was stoop to the other bullies' level, making him the worst of them all. What happens to Max is very common. I could relate to all characters, not just Max.


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