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Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life (2016)

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After his principal (Andy Daly) destroys his sketchbook, Rafe (Griffin Gluck) and his best friend Leo (Thomas Barbusca) decide to "destroy his book" and break every rule in the school's Code of Conduct.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Rafe
... Jules
... Georgia
... Principal Dwight (as Andy Daly)
... Leo
... Ida Stricker
... Mr. Teller
Luke Hardeman ... Shon (as Luke Christopher Hardeman)
... Bella
... Miller
... Boy Candidate
... Jeanne
... Heidi
... Girl at Assembly #2
... Gus


Imaginative quiet teenager Rafe Katchadorian is tired of his middle school's obsession with the rules at the expense of any and all creativity. Desperate to shake things up, Rafe and his best friends have come up with a plan: break every single rule in the school and let the students run wild. Written by CBS Films

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Rules aren't for everyone

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for rude humor throughout, language and thematic elements | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

7 October 2016 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Los peores años de mi vida  »

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Box Office


$8,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,878,437, 9 October 2016, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$19,985,196, 25 November 2016

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$20,611,649, 27 November 2016
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Technical Specs



Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Did You Know?


The movie serves to be an updated version of a popular 80's movie for teens, "Better Off Dead", exactly 30 years later as it focuses on a boy trying to get through high school, avoid bullies, and get the foreign girl, whereas in this movie it's about a boy in middle school trying to get the girl, deal with a bully, and survive school, and both use their imagination, love of animation, and unique best friends to help them cope. See more »


When the teacher draws a chart on the chalk board, you can see the eraser marks from where the chart was erased after prior takes of the scene. See more »


Principal Dwight: Just by a show of hands, how many people have a test that starts with the question, "True or false: Principal Dwight has three nipples"?
[students laugh]
Principal Dwight: Well that's a lot of you. Well it's false. Put false. I was born without nipples for your information, and it looks beautiful!
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References Finding Carter: Love Story (2014) See more »


Written by Judith Abbot (as Judith Abbott), Dunstan Bruce (as Duncan Bruce), Darren Hammer (as Darren Hamer), Nigel Hunter, Alice Nutter, Louise Watts, Allen Whalley (as Allan Whalley) and Paul Greco
Performed by Chumbawamba
Courtesy of Republic Records/EMI Germany under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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24 December 2016 | by See all my reviews

hi, It is a awesome movie.The visual Effects,script,storytelling,comedy,music all are awesome.It is my first movie in which i worked as a 3D Artist.So from that point of view,I loved the movie .....

I can say its perfect entertaining movie .In Indian words "Full Paisa visual Movie".... I suggest one must watch this movie if they love their school to refresh there school life.All artist have done best work,specially the lead character's acting is up to best.In short watch this movie.

Thank you

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