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

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Rules aren't for everyone

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

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The movie is based on the book by the same name by James Patterson. See more »


The trophy case would not have the strength to endure the water pressure of the aquarium. Even if it did, the case wouldn't be watertight. 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.
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References Die Hard (1988) See more »


Written by Simon Ward, Darryl James, David Ritter, Isabel Ritchie, Jeremy Drury, Jon Hembrey (as Jonathan Hembrey), Brian L. Pickett (as Brian Pickett) and Joanne Setterington
Performed by The Strumbellas
Courtesy of Glassnote Entertainment Group, LLC
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21 December 2020 | by kayla-21836See all my reviews

Decided to watch this because most Middle/High School movies I really had fun watching. And based off what I remember there was a lot of good action, and comedy to it, and barley got bored at parts. However this movie was a bit unrealistic that you know would unlikely ever happen in reality, and some cringeworthy moments but again I feel like this movie would be fun to watch for families, and is appropriate for children

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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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2.39 : 1
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