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Movie review: ‘Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life’

Andrew Daly and Griffin Gluck in a scene

Andrew Daly and Griffin Gluck in a scene from "Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life," which comes out Oct. 7, 2016. Photo Credit: CBS Films and Lionsgate / Frank Masi

We recently had the opportunity to preview the new movie, “Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life” at the Regal E-Walk theater in Manhattan. It is based on a book by the award-winning author James Patterson. The movie, which comes out Oct. 7, is about a teenage boy who is starting a new middle school and is definitely facing some challenges as “the new kid.”

His new school has a lot of strict rules that go against his creativity. The main character, Rafe Khatchadorian, played by Griffin Gluck, decides to get some revenge on the principal and his out-of-hand rules. He plays some monstrous pranks that break many rules from the school’s handbook. The movie touches on familiar topics such as bullying, family issues and even standardized testing.

Many of our favorite scenes involved the awesome pranks. The way Rafe redecorated the principal’s office was very colorful. We loved the way the hallways became a spectacular art show and we laughed all the way through the trophy case prank! Looking back, we thought the sprinkler system prank was very touching and special. What we were mostly surprised about was how the movie wasn’t only hysterically funny, but it made us cry, too. There were interesting comic-like animations throughout the film that were so cool to watch. The greatest part was when Rafe and Jeannie (Isabella Moner) finally broke rule #86.

We highly recommend the movie “Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life” to tweens and teens. It had something that adults would like, also. We saw both boys and girls enjoying themselves at the premiere, and we give this movie 5 smiles.

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