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

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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
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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 »


The janitor Gus brings in a bucket of Hydrofluoric acid to disintegrate Rafe's book. However, the acid would actually be strong enough to burn through the bucket, presenting a hazard. The correct way to store hydrofluoric acid is to put it in a plastic container. See more »


Leo: I figured your other one, may it rest in peace, was almost full, so, you probably need another one.
Rafe: It's awesome, man. Thank you. But... I mean, all my best stuff was in my last sketchbook. Comics, inventions.
Leo: Expertly drawn boobs.
Rafe: Those were realistic.
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References Game of Thrones (2011) See more »


Written by Macklemore (as Ben Haggerty), Ryan Lewis (as Ryan S. Lewis) and Ray Dalton (as Raymond Dalton)
Performed by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
Courtesy of Macklemore, LLC
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Original and Entertaining
21 December 2016 | by Michelle PanacreSee all my reviews

I was expecting a rip-off of "The Diary of a Wimpy Kid" films with similar toilet and slapstick humour - I was hoping for it as well, wanting a cringe-worthy film like HSM.

Instead what I found was not a patronizing, garden-variety kids movie. It is surprisingly creative - every time I thought the plot was leaning towards a clichéd "moral of the story" kind of trend (standing up to the bully/becoming popular and ignoring old friend/prank master) the movie was original and refreshing.

GOTTA say i really loved how current this film was (soundtrack is all popular pop songs and well suited to this movie type - Drake was mentioned and the kid "Shon" or "Sean" or whatever CRACKED me up)

Plus, the animated parts were interesting and just childlike enough that the films more serious sub- themes didn't become tedious.The acting was decent and the characters (apart from 'bear') weren't so archetypal that it was hard to digest.

(this movie made me cry ((a LOT)) and thus, 10/10)

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