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Max Keeble's Big Move (2001)

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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 »


Comedy | Crime | Family

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

5 October 2001 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

7th Grade Heart Attack  »

Box Office


$12,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


$17,292,381 (USA) (22 February 2002)

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Did You Know?


(at around 56 mins) The two levers Max is using in the cab of the junkyard crane are actually a toilet plunger and "The Club", a vehicle steering wheel security lock. See more »


when Max is telling Robe and Megan that he's moving to Chicago, Robe says that they call Chicago the Motor City, because of carjackers. This is incorrect. While it could be true about carjackers stealing cars, however, Chicago is not the Motor City. Detroit is actually the Motor City, and Chicago is the Windy City. See more »


[teacher wants Max to write a long essay due Friday]
Max: Wait. Friday was the day I was moving. And this teacher was mean. She let Dobbs steal my money. She wanted to punish me when it wasn't my fault. But if I wasn't gonna be here, what could she really do to me, right? It was time to take a stand.
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During the end credits, the McGoogles TV show theme song plays in the background. See more »


References Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986) See more »


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Written by Adam Dorn (as Adam Dorn) and Lukasz Gottwald
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21 October 2001 | by (Gainesville, FL - U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

Take it easy, folks !! This is only a MOVIE, and this one is intended to be a fanciful exaggeration from the word go. I took my 11 yo son to see it, and he had no problem understanding that.

Isn't this movie supposed to be an extreme comic view of the unfair world of junior high from an underdog's point of view? Think of The Three Stooges - did anybody take their scripts to task? No, but everybody LAUGHED!

Better judgment triumphs in the end in most respects, in Max Keeble's Big Move. And Max earns respect not because he's the toughest, but because his turnabout beats the bullies at their own game, and because he won't let his buddies take the rap alone.

This movie, and Shrek, See Spot Run, Cats & Dogs, and Spy Kids, are some of the most enjoyable movies I have seen in the last 10 months. Not since "What Women Want" or "The Brothers" have I seen an adult movie that was near as funny as any of these kiddie movies. (Okay, add in "Oh, Brother, Where Art Thou".)

I only hope that overly critical attitudes aren't congenital.

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