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What to know: Very relatable characters, great humor, superb cast.
Recommended age 10-15
92 minutes
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I absolutely enjoyed watching this movie because I could relate to the characters. Also the humor is great and the cast is superb. Meet Rafe (Griffin Gluck) who is entering another middle school, due to his behavior. Rafe attends his new school, but there is too many rules and Rafe doesn't like rules. So Rafe and his best friend Leo (Thomas Barbusca) decide to break every rule in the school. Rafe does this because the principal doesn't promote creativity and destroys his notebook which is filled with all his drawings.

Many people can relate to hating school at some point in their life and that is what makes this movie so relatable. I love the animations, because they are child friendly and are very well drawn. It shows that it's okay for you to have and use your imagination and be creative. Additionally, the performances of Griffin Gluck, Thomas Barbusca, Isabela Moner, Alexa Nisenson and the entire cast is fantastic. You can tell that the actors took it seriously and when they portrayed their emotions, it doesn't seem fake. It feels very real. The soundtrack is perfect. It gives the right tone and energy for the scenes. I love this movie so much there is nothing I didn't like about it.

This is Alexa Nisenson's first featured film and she gives an amazing performance as Georgia, making me laugh many times. Also, she makes you feel her emotions throughout the movie. The humor in this movie is great. I love the pranks Rafe uses to break the school rules which are created by the mean principal. My favorite scene is when Rafe puts post-it notes all over the school because I love how he created artwork with the post-it notes.

This movie is a must see, and I think that most kids will love this movie as well including the adults. I recommend it to kids ages 6 to 18. I give this movie 5 out of 5 amazing stars. I recommend it to people who like adventure, family, comedy and book-based movies. Be aware that this movie contains some mild language and kids under the age of 6 might not understand what is going on. Also, there are a few emotional scenes, so bring your tissues. Make sure to see this film when it opens October 7, 2016 in theaters nationwide.

Reviewed by Ryan R., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 12

I admired this film because I like the fact that Rafe is courageous to stand up to the principal without backing down. I loved the animation because it brings Rafe thoughts to life with bright vivid colors and descriptions of appearances. It is awesome! The genre is comedy, humor and some drama. I can relate to this because I am in middle school and you always have to follow the uniform dress code or they will write you up. Rules can be good, but sometimes you do want to bulk the system (lol). The director, Steve Carr is incredibly artistic with this film especially the delusion of bringing a character from real life to the fantasy world. I not familiar with the book series, but I know it's probably interesting as well as the movie.

A new student comes to Hills Village Middle School Rafe Khatchadorian (Griffin Gluck). His displacement from previous schools led him to this school and this is the last draw. On his first day, he encountered the principal Dwight (Andy Daly) who is just very difficult to deal with. He is stagnant on his rules and do not want to bend at all. Desperate to rattle his feathers, Rafe and his friends bring a creative solution and come up with a plan to break every single rule in the book.

My favorite part of this film is when Rafe and Leo (Thomas Barbusca) sticky noted the whole school. I liked this part the best because it is hilarious. Finally, someone sticks up to the principal about his shenanigan rules. It is creative and it is a good way to get the principal back for destroying his art book.

The message of this film is remember you have to follow some rules even when you don't, but make the rules according to acceptable standards and not rules you can't live or follow. Even adults have to follow rules. I feel this way because the principal wasn't following the rules and he suffered the consequences for his actions.

I recommend this film for ages 11 to 18 and I give it 5 out of 5 Stars because I feel that this is a comedy humor and some drama film for children. It is hilarious and you definitely will laugh and even may shed a tear.

This movie is available in theaters now so go check it out.

Reviewed by Tre'ana H., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 12

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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.
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