Middle School best suited to children

Monday January 30, 2017 Written by Published in Entertainment
A scene from the movie Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life screening at the Empire Cinema. 17012716 A scene from the movie Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life screening at the Empire Cinema. 17012716

THEY SAY rules are made to be broken.


In fact, this pretty much used to be our slogan back in my school days.

It was an excuse to bend some of the rules which our teachers profoundly guarded.

And there was certainly prize for this.

The deal was, whoever managed to break the rules without getting caught or spanked (because corporal punishment was still part of the curriculum then), were given preferential treatment.

We referred them as “cool” students. And everyone wanted to be just like them, as if being cool will get you better grades.

There were also rewards for those who get caught while trying to pull off these daring acts. These rewards usually come in form of some pain from the teachers.

Unfortunately, I was never the smart one when it came to pulling off such acts without getting into the teachers’ bad books.

I always got into trouble, but somehow the teachers would usually let me go because they probably didn’t believe that I had the guts to do such terrible things.

The thing was, I pretended to be the innocent one. As innocent as I (then) looked. Only my parents, siblings and close friends knew how cunning I really was.

To survive in a rural school, especially when you are as thin as a stick, you got to be a bit sly. It’s a trait that comes in handy sometimes.

What I’m getting around to saying is that Griffin Gluck’s portrayal of Rafe Khatchadorian in the movie, Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life, reminds me of our naïve days in primary school.

No, Gluck is not sly, he is just unfortunate in that he gets into constant trouble with the authorities.

He ends up to a middle school where students are expected to follow the rules, all 100-and-something of them.

Gluck is compelled to take revenge with the school system - especially the principal, after the latter destroys his art book in which he drew imaginary characters.

He and his new friend Leo (Thomas Barbusca), make light of the school rules through their various pranks, breaking the pride of the principal who tries to enforce them.

But things turn ugly when principal Ken Dwight (Andy Daly) sets Gluck’s class up with one of his dirty schemes.

Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life is a no-brainer. It’s an easy watch, offering nothing extraordinary to think about.

It provides a dose of fun in between moments of intense family drama, coupled with clever animation sequences to describe the thoughts of the protagonist.

The Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life is aimed at children who can relate well with the movie’s subject.

For adults, Resident Evil: The Final Chapter, which was schedule to release yesterday at the Empire Cinema might be a better option this weekend.

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