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Patrick L (de) wrote: "Instead of being a Grade A kids movie, "Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life" only comes off as cafeteria leftovers"DVD Movie Review: Middle School: The Worst Years of My LifeDate Viewed: January 7 2017Directed By Steve Carr (Dr. Dolittle 2, Daddy Day Care, Rebound, Are We Done Yet? and Paul Blart: Mall Cop)Screenplay By Chris Bowman, Hubbel Palmer and Kara Holden, Based on the novel by James Patterson and Chris TebbettsStarring: Griffin Gluck, Lauren Graham, Rob Riggle, Andy Daly, Thomas Barbusca, Adam Pally, Jacob Hopkins, Retta, Alexa Nisenson, Isabela Moner and Efren Ramirez."Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life" is a rare movie that made me go back to my time vault and explore my past middle school years, they were rough and pretty horrible. The middle school presented in this movie doesn't have the same bad school life I've endured but the school establishment here is completely out of touch with fun, reality and emotions. For every kids movie about elementary or middle school, they always have a few jerks who interfere with the protagonist's life a lot and these jerks are believe it or not adults. The emotional level in this movie is all over the map, it wants to be funny, charming, atheist and sometimes emotional with a out-of-nowhere subplot involving the death of a family member."Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life" could've been called "Middle School: The Worst Nickelodeon-knockoff of My Life" because it would've played well as a Nickelodeon movie. The movie is based on the series of best-selling children's books by author James Patterson and Chris Tebbetts so it may play to a certain kiddie audience. Unfortunately, I'm not one of those kids anymore and I found this movie to be particularly lazy and completely boring. The story centers around a new middle school kid named Rafe Khatchadorian (Griffin Gluck), he has a passion for art but he's also known for breaking a lot of rules which lead to him getting expelled from multiple schools.His only friend is Leo (Thomas Barbusca) and he is overwhelmed by the school's strict authoritarian principal, Ken Dwight (Andy Daly). Dwight has zero tolerance for after school activities, he is a big climate change denier and he wants his students to apply and follow his long list of rules. During a class assembly, Dwight also wants his students to get ready for the BaseLine Assessment of the Academic Readiness (BLAAR for short) standardized test which causes many groans from the students. Rafe ignores his principal's standardized test announcement by drawing Dwight as a zombie who says BLAAR! BLAAR! BLAAR! over and over again in his sketchbook but it soon gets the attention of Dwight who retaliates by destroying Rafe's sketchbook by putting it in a bucket of acid. HOLY CRAP PRINCIPAL! You could've just locked it away in some drawer. Putting it in a yellow bucket of acid is just plain cruel.With his imaginary world and characters gone, Rafe is forced to redo all of his artwork but things just keep getting worse. He and sister, Georgia (Alexa Nisenson) are forced to tag along with their mother's (Lauren Graham) new boyfriend, Carl "Bear" Jules (Rob Riggle). He's a selfish SOB who hates kids and he wants to make Rafe's life more miserable by hoping to send him to military school if he screws up and gets expelled from middle school. The movie also has a potential love interest for the rule-breaking Rafe as he gets smitten with a nerdy socialist named Jeanne (Isabela Moner). She too is sick and tired of Principal Dwight's authoritarian rule of the school and she is concerned about the fate of the polar bears in Antarctica because the polar ice caps are melting but Dwight doesn't believe in climate change and he thinks that the polar bears only eat ice. Where exactly did Dwight get his college degree from? Trump University?Rafe plans to fight back against the school by breaking all kinds of rules, like breaking into the trophy case and putting the trophies in an aquarium filled with sea fish and an eel, putting colored post-its all over the school and filling the teachers' lounge with plastic colored balls."Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life" should be a fine movie for the kids but not only does it have two indistinctive jerks, it also has some questionable suggestive behavior. During the principal's assembly, when the student council members talk about their hopes and prospects for the school, the popular hot-shot council member brags about having a rich father and a hot step-mom. Who put the words "my step-mom is really hot" in this kids movie? The comedic gags are directed at a slow and careless pace by Steve Carr whose distinguished resume includes "Dr. Dolittle 2", "Daddy Day Care", "Rebound", "Are We Done Yet?" and "Paul Blart: Mall Cop".The humor and the story structure of "Middle School" is predictable, the kid actors are only sub-par here although I did like Isabela Moner's performance as the nerdy socialist girl and the adult performers have no place to go. Instead of being a Grade A kids movie, "Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life" only comes off as cafeteria leftovers.
Marsha W (jp) wrote: The worst film I saw at Toronto. Impossible to empathize with such cardboard characters.
Fred M (gb) wrote: I wanted to like SWD; I really did. The concept of a hybrid samurai / spaghetti western film was too cool - and the stylistic decision to use English seemed interesting. I'm also a die hard Quentin Tarantino fan. However, this movie fell short.Unlike the masterpiece that was Kill Bill, there is virtually no character development. The handful of characters who attempt development are generally put into shallow, predictable situations. There is a fine line between paying homage to older films and making the same mistakes.Further, the English dialog was extremely bad. I tried my hardest to understand what they were saying. However, between the broken English of most cast members and Quentin Tarantino's horrid western accent, I had to turn on subtitles. It was that bad.The one saving grace was the battle scenes. These were generally well-produced, extremely fun, and, as a friend in Japan described them, "pretty grotesque." These scenes, however, would have benefited from an expanded plot (as I just mentioned), as well as an innovative soundtrack.I enjoyed what Miike was going for, but I expected a lot more from a project with Quentin Tarantino's name on it. If you do decide to subject yourself to this movie, remember to get a version with subtitles - they are a necessity.
Chris L (fr) wrote: its a weird one. odd style of animation, almost amateurish and yet still really entertaining. every voice is provided by the single guy "Frank Sudol" and it follows an old man fighting his way through a zombie infested city to get a new pair of slippers. not really sure what to say about it. give it a chance though.
maxwell w (ru) wrote: The only redeeming thing about the film is the script. Everything is is a pile of garbage mixed with feces. However, I still enjoy the film, so I gave it an extra half star.
Lee M (ru) wrote: Between a 610 and 7/10, Pure loses a bit of its nerve in the home stretch, but Eden's unforgettable performance alone makes it a compelling portrait of a smart young boy forced to grow up way too fast.
Emma N (ru) wrote: The dialogue wasn't all that good, but the story was ok. It never really managed to suck me in and the ending felt a bit haphazard, although Matt Dillon makes a wonderful job going from likable guy you felt a little bit sorry for to an awful scumbag. And fun to see Gary Sinise and Viggo Mortensen in two of their earlier roles. Although Mortensen's role never really developed the coolness it seemed to have, he adds some funny moments and laughs. Credit for the title that actually had some good meaning in the story.
Robert M (jp) wrote: Honestly a very bad movie. This movie wasn't sad, and the story sucked. I really couldnt give a crap about these kids and their music. Why dont they just shut up and help some jews escape from germany.
Justin R (fr) wrote: Terrible. Tom Selleck has the worst acting performance in history. The fact that MLB Network still plays this movie is pitiful, as the plot is awful, the acting is awful, the writing is worse. There is nothing, nothing about this movie that I enjoy. The fact that I can't give negative stars is currently getting to me because I would give it lower than anything. This movie was pure torture.
Aria A (de) wrote: No where near high-brow, this movie is pure 1989 cheese, and not cheddar. It's the stuff out of a can. So bad it's good, and full of dated references that take me back to when I first watched this movie on something called a VHS tape (that I wore out, and then a second copy) when I was 8 years old, with many scattered jokes that wouldn't pass in a contemporary piece, but that make one nostalgic for the days when everything under the sun wasn't taken so seriously. I'm so glad this movie in on Netflix.
Richard C (ca) wrote: Mel Brooks's parody of the films of Hitchcock may be overtly ridiculous, but what is there to expect from a Mel Brooks film? Hysterically funny on occasion and a genuinely feelgood film, this is yet another example of a film that might just define Mel Brooks as the master of parody in much the same way hitchcock was to suspense. The jokes come thick and fast and while not Oscar-worthy, it is still a very fun watch that illustrates the belief that some films, though not designed to be like an Oscar candidate, nevertheless provide an enjoyable viewing for the viewer. A great comedy that you cannot resist watching again.
Stephen M (kr) wrote: I watched this a couple of months or so ago, decided to chew it over before reviewing and now I come to do so I can't remember a great deal about it, which possibly tells you all you need to know about the quality of the movie. Poking fun at, among other things, the Roman Catholic church and the victims of the Manson Family, Multiple Maniacs certainly goes for the jugular in terms of tastelessness; the problem is, it's just not funny enough. John Waters is quite capable of writing amusing dialogue but there's precious little on display here. Instead, the movie is littered with tedious, over-talkative scenes that take an eternity to go nowhere, and even the two most infamous sequences - the "rosary job" administered on Divine by Mink Stole and the surreal appearance of "Lobstora" - outstay their welcome by several minutes. Curiously, Multiple Maniacs works best in its quieter moments, when it's not desperately trying to be offensive. For example, as I've said, the "rosary job" goes on forever and isn't all that funny, but the build up, with Divine's voiceover telling us one thing and the visuals exactly the opposite, is highly amusing. I also enjoyed David Lochary and Mary Vivian Pearce's star-crossed lovers routine.
Justin E (br) wrote: It was Soooo Bad, re-using scenes over and over again. And a story that was BAD! Characters just Disappear!
Ryan C (us) wrote: Classic '80s slapstick with a lovable, crude cast, "Caddyshack" will continue to entertain for decades and offers so many quotable moments.
Lesley N (ca) wrote: Animated / live action kind of retelling of Songs of the South minus the cutes plus racism and set in Harlem gangster town. I don't really know what to say about this one. Interesting, different, satirical, ugly, unique. With Barry White as a boxing bear.
Wade W (ru) wrote: Magic in the Moonlight may be one of Allen's weaker films, but I still somewhat enjoyed the characters, music, time period and happenings. Just don't go in expecting much depth or meaning behind all the magic.