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Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life also known as “Liceu: Os Piores Anos da Minha Vida,” “Srednja škola: Najgore razdoblje mog života”

MPAA Rating: PG for rude humor throughout, language and thematic elements.
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Teen Comedy
1 hr. 32 min.
Year of Release:
USA Release:
October 7, 2016 (wide—2,822 theaters)
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Relevant Issues
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following rules

obeying authorities over us

excessive do’s and don’ts

tyrannical principal

bullies and how to deal with them

effects of teenage hormones

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Are we living in a moral Stone Age? Answer

What is sin?

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Featuring: Griffin Gluck … Rafe Khatchadorian
Lauren GrahamJules
Isabela Moner … Jeannie Galleta
Adam Pally …
Rob Riggle …
Thomas Barbusca … Leo
Retta … Ida Stricker
Efren Ramirez …
Andrew Daly … Dwight
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Director: Steve Carr—“Paul Blart: Mall Cop” (2009), “Daddy Day Care” (2003)
Producer: CBS Films
James Patterson Entertainment
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Distributor: CBS Films
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Here’s what the distributor says about their film:MIDDLE SCHOOL: The Worst Years of My Life chronicles the trials and triumphs of Rafe Khatchadorian, as he uses his wits to battle bullies, hormones and the tyrannical, test-obsessed Principal Dwight.

Rafe has an epic imagination… and a slight problem with authority. Both collide when he transfers to an oppressive, rule-crazy middle school. Drowning in do's and don'ts, Rafe and his scheming best friend Leo hatch a plan to break every rule in the school's Code of Conduct. It’s Ferris Bueller meets ‘Home Alone’ as their battle with Principal Dwight explodes into chaos both real and imagined. But Dwight displays his own fiendish creativity, striking back at the rulebreakers. Meanwhile, Rafe struggles to hide his misbehavior from Jeanne, the straight-A, overachieving girl of his dreams, and at home, his mother's boyfriend—a moochy, jack-of-no-trades named Bear—threatens to become his stepfather.

Rafe's revolution leaps from the page to the screen in this ambitious live-action/animated comedy based on the New York Times bestseller "Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life" by legendary novelist James Patterson.”

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Movie Critics

…a middle schooler goes to war with his rules-obsessed principal… should please its tween target audience…
—Frank Scheck, The Hollywood Reporter

…a youth-skewing comedy-fantasy with possible cross-generational appeal. …every generation is entitled to its own revenge fantasy…
—Joe Leydon, Variety

…a fine diversion for the not-a-kid-not-yet-an-adult in your life… imagines a world in which institutions are evil, principals are tyrannical and all-out insurrection is the answer…
—Katie Walsh, Tribune News Service

…comedically flat adaptation of James Patterson’s kid-lit novel is hardly in a class with templates like “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” and “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day.” Some flashes of poignancy, surprisingly, are the biggest thing the film has going for it, shoehorned though they are into the uninspired mischief. …
—Tom Russo, The Boston Globe

…has some heart but mostly falls flat… Essentially a vehicle for highly unrealistic youthful shenanigans… [2/5]
—Debbie Holloway, Crosswalk

…Ironically, Middle School’s message is about encouraging kids and grown-ups to think outside the box and yet, the filmmakers themselves do precisely the opposite. [2/4]
—Brad Wheeler, The Globe and Mail

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