Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life

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"Rules aren't for everyone."
  • PG
  • 2016
  • 1 hr 32 min
  • 6.1  (9,784)
  • 51

Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life is a 2016 family comedy-drama film directed by Steve Carr, based on a book of the same name by James Patterson and Chris Tebbetts. The movie follows a middle school student named Rafe Khatchadorian (Griffin Gluck) who is struggling to fit in at his new school, Hills Village Middle School. Rafe has a vivid imagination and a knack for drawing, which he uses as an escape from the harsh realities of his life. However, when he meets his tyrannical principal, Principal Dwight (Andrew Daly), who has banned everything fun in school, including art and creativity, Rafe decides to rebel and put his talents to the test. He builds a list of school rules to break, which he calls the "Rules For Being Rafe," and begins to hatch a scheme to carry them out with help from his friends - Leo, the tech genius, and Jeanne, the new girl at school who empathizes with Rafe.

Throughout the movie, Rafe finds himself caught in a battle with Principal Dwight, who will stop at nothing to maintain discipline and order at the school. Rafe's attempts to break the rules lead to several hilarious and creative pranks, including turning the school into a giant art exhibit and creating a giant live-action chess game, to name a few. Meanwhile, Rafe faces personal challenges as he navigates his feelings for Jeanne and tries to repair his strained relationship with his mother Jules (Lauren Graham), who is struggling with the loss of Rafe's little brother.

As the school year comes to a close, Rafe's antics come to a head, and he must face the consequences of his actions. However, he also learns the importance of following his passions and standing up for what he believes in. The film ends with Rafe setting off on a new adventure, determined to continue pursuing his passion for art.

The performances in the movie are commendable. Griffin Gluck, who leads the talented young cast, delivers an impressive performance as the mischievous Rafe. His portrayal of Rafe captures his character's struggles and motivations beautifully. Lauren Graham as Rafe's mother Jules also delivers a convincing performance, portraying a mother who juggles her personal grief and her responsibilities towards her son. Alexa Nisenson as Jeanne and Thomas Barbusca as Leo put up a memorable performance with their on-screen chemistry with Rafe.

Overall, Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life is a well-executed movie that will appeal to both kids and adults. It explores the importance of creativity, perseverance, and the courage to stand up for what is right. The film is a testament to the power of imagination, and it encourages children to nurture their creativity and to never give up on their dreams. The movie is a must-watch for anyone who wants to relive their middle school years or for anyone looking for a good laugh.

Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life is a 2016 kids & family movie with a runtime of 1 hour and 32 minutes. It has received moderate reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 6.1 and a MetaScore of 51.

Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life
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    1 hr 32 min
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    6.1  (9,784)
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