36 user 40 critic

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

1:11 | Trailer

Watch Now

From $7.99 (SD) on Prime Video

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.


Steve Carr


Chris Bowman (screenplay by), Hubbel Palmer (screenplay by) | 3 more credits »
4 nominations. See more awards »





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 ... Boy Candidate
Isabela Moner ... Jeanne
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 »

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »


Official Sites:

Official Facebook | Official site


USA | Cambodia


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


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
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs




Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
See full technical specs »

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 »


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 »


Principal Dwight: [to Mr. Teller] I don't know what stinks more, your attitude, or my suit. And that's really saying something because my suit is covered in poop.
See more »


Referenced in The Mick: The Sleepover (2017) See more »


Written by Vincent Reynolds, David James Pierce and Bryan Bonwell
Performed by The Dave Monsch Quartet
Courtesy of Sugar Team Music
By arrangement with Vince Reynolds Productions, LLC
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

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.

11 of 14 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 36 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Stream Comedy Titles With Prime Video

Explore popular comedy titles available to stream with Prime Video.

Start your free trial

Recently Viewed