Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life

Theatrical Release: October 7, 2016
Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life


Imaginative quiet teenager Rafe Katchadorian is tired of his middle school’s obsession with the rules at the expense of any and all creativity. Desperate to shake things up, Rafe and his best friends have come up with a plan: break every single rule in the school and let the students run wild.

Dove Review

“Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life” might appeal to kids eleven or twelve, children that may enjoy seeing the middle school students in the film defeat the principal and catch him in a scheme. However, despite solid acting from Griffin Gluck as Rafe, and Andy Daly as the villain, Principal Dwight, the content in the movie is really strong. For example, the story features a boyfriend who moves in with the mother of Rage and Georgia. He plots to send Rafe away to military school and to move Georgia on to another school as well. The movie also features several scenes of the destruction of school property, including personal items when the too-young-to-own-a-driver’s license Georgia steals Carl’s car and scrapes it against a rail with sparks flying. In addition, the kids break into the school too. The principal mentions one mother as being “hot”, even though she is married.

A scene in which Rafe’s teacher, Mr. Teller (Adam Pally), says to a student he must have turned in his homework with invisible ink, is funny. And the kids do get the best of the principal, who plotted to rid the school of one entire class by suspending them so the rest of the school would perform well on a major test. However, the strong content places a shadow on the morality of the film. Due to the sexuality and excessive language, we are unable to award the movie our Dove “Family-Approved” Seal.

Content Description

Sex: A man moves in with a woman, two kids' mother; a principal says another man's wife is "hot"; a young couple kiss; a few innuendos.
Language: G/OMG-5; Holy Gethsemene-1; Crap-5; Crap storm-1; What the F (letter said)-1; F your eye (letter said)-1; Oh Sh...(Not finished)-1; H (as a place)-1; Geez-3; Twerp-1; Butt wipe (teen to adult)-1; Slang for testicles-2; Butt-4; Keester-1; Sucks-3; Dork-2; Doofus-1; Snots-1; Loser-2; Punky-1; Nipples-2; Snots-1; Poop-1; Scre*ed-1; Farty-2; a young man mentions learning how to curse in 30 languages.
Violence: Bully picks on boy and shoves him, kicks his desk; underage girl drives man's car and scrapes it against a railing; destruction of school property as a boy and his friend set out to break school rules; a principal purposely drops a young boy's drawings into a bucket of acid; an animated bear slaps a deer out of his way; an animated skunk bites man in rear.
Drugs: Possible drinks in a scene but could be water.
Nudity: Butt crack seen on animated bear.
Other: Tension between characters; an under-age driver drives car to the front of the house to pick up her brother and mother; grief over a deceased loved one by three family members; a man purposely picks on dog and splashes water on it; girl wipes rear of dog on a man's towel; teen boy draws scary looking monsters; flatulence and belching; boy works to break rules of school and puts paint in principal's hat on two occasions; kids break into school.


Company: Lionsgate
Writer: Screenplay by: Chris Bowman, Hubbel Palmer, Kara Holden; Novel by: James Patterson, Chris Tebbetts
Director: Steve Carr
Genre: Comedy
Runtime: 92 min.
Industry Rating: PG
Reviewer: Edwin L Carpenter