Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life movie review - Aussieboyreviews


Rebellious, entertaining, sometimes funny and definitely best for kids, this comedy is certainly just a family film. You know what they say: the older you are, the more boring you are, so it’s hard to enjoy.


After his strict principle destroys his sketchbook, Rafe plans to “destroy his book” by breaking all the rules and policies at his school that prevent students from expressing themselves.

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Movie details

Director: Steve Carr
Cast: Griffin Gluck, Lauren Graham, Andy Daly, Isabela Moner, Thomas Barbusca, Alexa Nisenson, Rob Riggle, Adam Pally, Retta
Writer: Chris Bowman, Hubbel Palmer, Kara Holden
Release Date (Australia): 3 January 2017
Runtime: 92 minutes/1h 32m
Genre: Comedy, Family, Animation
Country: USA
Language: English

CONTENT GUIDE (warning: May contain spoilers)

Themes (PG)

The film contains crude humour, rude behaviour, loss and references to a character dying of cancer.

Violence (G)

There are scenes of very mild slapstick and animated violence.

Coarse Language (PG)

The film contains uses of the words “crap”, “pissed”, “hell” and a cut-off term including the words “oh sh…”.

Sex (G)

There are infrequent and very mild sexual references throughout the film.

mpaa rating

PG (for rude humor throughout, language and thematic elements)

Aussie boy's thoughts

Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life has plenty of cheeky rebellion and a surprising touch of emotion, but it just appeals as more of a TV movie. Or it’s just not the kind of film that should be released in real cinemas and comes out on DVD or the streaming services first. Overall, it’s a fun adaptation of a middle school-set book with quirky characters within an inventive idea.

This family comedy is actually enjoyable, but the older you grow, the less likely you’re destined to love it. Children ages 11 and under might just love it, considering they’re in their boring schools and a fun movie about a quirky rebel-kid comes along. It’s really bright and entertaining, with a few really good jokes. Teens will probably appreciate the emotional grief side, and adults and grandparents are simply either going to like or dislike it.

The reason it’s not a random movie that plays on television is probably for two certain reasons. The cast isn’t incredibly low-budget and provides us with a little anticipation for some decent characters, and that’s exactly what they are. But this film’s camera quality and overall cinematography is as exceptional as any other theatre movie. The actual concept is just mediocre.

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