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:
Griffin Gluck ... Rafe
Lauren Graham ... Jules
Alexa Nisenson ... Georgia
Andrew Daly ... Principal Dwight (as Andy Daly)
Thomas Barbusca ... Leo
Retta ... Ida Stricker
Adam Pally ... Mr. Teller
Luke Hardeman ... Shon (as Luke Christopher Hardeman)
Jessi Goei ... Bella
Jacob Hopkins ... Miller
Patrick Fagan Patrick Fagan ... Boy Candidate
Isabela Merced ... Jeanne (as Isabela Moner)
Isabella Amara ... Heidi
Madeleine Stack ... Girl at Assembly #2
Efren Ramirez ... 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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Did You Know?


Isabella Moner's second time playing a character in middle school, the first being 100 Things To Do Before High School, her Nickelodeon tv show See more »


When Georgia is driving Bear's car, she hits several dumpsters. The dumpsters would not go straight up nor that high. 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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Referenced in The Mick: The Sleepover (2017) See more »


Written by Joe Jonas (as Joseph Jonas), Oscar Holter, Justin Tranter, Paul Shelton and OzGo/Michael Gores
Performed by DNCE
Courtesy of Republic Records under license from
Universal Music Enterprises
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I actually thought it was pretty good.
8 October 2016 | by subxerogravitySee all my reviews

Honestly, It was one of those days when I just wanted to see a movie and anything would do. So I went to see Middle School as it was playing at the time I showed up. I herd of the movie, I did not have low expectations, and did not have any exceptions.

So what I got is a very entertaining movie. This genre of movie has never peaked my interest, so I was real surprised how much I actually liked it. It's pretty funny. A lot of good jokes that I generally enough to appeal to a large variety of people. A few laugh out loud moments, and a lot of small ones that really keep the momentum going.

This is despite the fact that the cast of characters was pretty generic and mediocre, except for one named Georgia, the little sister of the main character Rafe. Should have been more of her on the screen.

Was also surprised at how deep the movie got. It's main plot of letting children be creative individuals did not spark much inside me, but the subplots of dealing with the lost of a family member did hit home, and was delivered perfectly.

Plus, there was some cool animation in it, and I'm a sucker for that.

Overall Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life was worth the ticket. It makes me feel differently about movies like this overall.

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Release Date:

7 October 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life See more »

Filming Locations:

Atlanta, Georgia, USA


Box Office


$8,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,878,437, 9 October 2016

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