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

PG | | Comedy, Family | 7 October 2016 (USA)
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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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Steve Carr

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Chris Bowman (screenplay by), Hubbel Palmer (screenplay by) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

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 Luke Hardeman ... Shon (as Luke Christopher Hardeman)
Jessi Goei ... Bella
Jacob Hopkins ... Miller
Patrick Fagan Patrick Fagan ... Boy Candidate
Isabela Moner ... Jeanne
Isabella Amara ... Heidi
Madeleine Stack ... Girl at Assembly #2
Efren Ramirez ... Gus
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Storyline

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

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Rules aren't for everyone

Genres:

Comedy | Family

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Country:

USA | Cambodia

Language:

English | Khmer

Release Date:

7 October 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Los peores años de mi vida See more »

Filming Locations:

Atlanta, Georgia, USA

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Box Office

Budget:

$8,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,878,437, 9 October 2016

Gross USA:

$20,007,149

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$23,316,139
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

The actors who play Rafe and Leo also star as best friends in the episode "The Sleepover" on the show The Mick. See more »

Goofs

The principal throws Rafe's journal in the bucket of acid causing it to splash on the sides. In a following shot, the bucket is perfectly clean. See more »

Quotes

Miller: What are you staring at, Crap-a-dukian?
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References A Fistful of Dollars (1964) See more »

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TUBTHUMPING
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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Fun, adorable, and heartwarming
7 October 2016 | by RamascreenSee all my reviews

#MiddleSchoolMovie made me cry. I didn't expect the story to be so sad, but it really was, and it's all in a good way. The film is fun, adorable, heartwarming and it just makes you want to hold your loved ones closer than ever. There needs to be more and more movies like this.

The story is quite simple, it's about this young kid named Rafe (Griffin Gluck) who has an active imagination. He loves drawing stuff on his notebook and the characters come to life in this quirky animation which is part of the film's appeal. But Andrew Daly's character, the school principal is anti-creativity, so he's always on Rafe's case. So Rafe strikes back with all kinds of hilarious pranks. But at home, his mom is dating a jerk of a boyfriend who's giving him and his sister a hard time. So all in all, it hasn't been a good school year for Rafe, not to mention his family is still trying to recuperate from a certain tragedy.

Without spoiling any important plot points, let me just say that the fun parts are fun and the dramatic parts are truly dramatic, this is not a movie that insults anybody's intelligence just because it's a PG movie for younger viewers. Based on James Patterson and Chris Tebbetts' novel that I haven't read yet, but this film sure motivates me to buy a copy, what I think makes MIDDLE SCHOOL effective is that the comedy aspect isn't mean to get your guard down, and the emotional aspect isn't quickly dropped like some kind of anvil. It also opens your eyes, you realize that even a middle-schooler can go through a lot We sometimes underestimate them, we often forget that those formative years are crucial to a human being and so I think the film does a good job of showing that.

Actor Andrew Daly has played this type of douchebag authoritative role before and so has Rob Riggle in a role of a jerk, so both actors are comfortable in their element, they know what they're doing and they got it down to a science. It's absolute pure joy watching them do what they do best even if we may not like their characters. Kudos to all the kid actors as well, especially Griffin Gluck and Alexa Nisenson who seem so effortless in their performances. What other actors may have to learn for years in order to get to that point of exposing their emotions and shedding it for the screen, these kids make it seem like a walk in the park 'cause they wear it on their sleeves. What an incredible talent for such a young age. This movie's got tons of animation as well that will be sure to put a smile on your face. You will come out of the theater a much better person than when you were when you enter in. That's how surprisingly positive and powerful this film is.

-- Rama's Screen --


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