Flash Movie Review: Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life

It was the beginning to our rite of passage. The years up to this point for the average student was a life of following the rules. Stand in single file, no talking, sit in alphabetical order; these were the things we heard in the early years. As we now entered into 6th grade some of us started flexing our independence. For me it was leaving my bicycle at home and letting public transportation take me and my friends further down into the city. Our allowances would give us this new found freedom. Taking the bus or train, eating out at a fast food restaurant; we were finally adults–at least in our minds. Back in the classroom the students who had aggressive tendencies started flexing their ability to dominate other students. In my class there was a student who was repeating the year over. Though this person did not bully us, we still were cautious whenever we were around them. I remember how surprised I was that for being 1 year older this person had incredible strength. In PE class everyone wanted this student on their team. The aggressive students were not the only ones who asserted themselves; the class clowns from elementary school were now constantly testing their teachers to see how far they could be pushed. These two groups were heroes to some of us because they blatantly did not follow the rules. Sure they were sent to the principal’s office numerous times but it just seemed like they did not care. In fact, when they would come back to the classroom they were treated like demigods. I am embarrassed for what I am about to tell you; my way of being rebellious was to quietly shoot spitballs at students. But I did not use bits of wet rolled up paper, I used lip balm. Taking one end of an empty pen I would twirl it into the balm then aim for the back of a person’s head. When the student put their hand back to feel what hit them in the head they would smear the balm further in their hair. I was surprised no one in this dramatic comedy did not think of it.    STARTING at a new school Rafe, played by Griffin Gluck (Just Go With It, Red Band Society-TV), could not believe all the rules students had to follow. One rule in particular would push him over the edge. With Lauren Graham (Bad Story, Gilmore Girls-TV) as Jules and Andrew Daly (She’s Out of My League, What Happens in Vegas) as Principal Dwight; I could not tell if the acting was meant to be more cartoonish to suit this story. I liked the animated scenes and felt I understood what the students were trying to achieve. However these students did not come across as real students for me. Part of this had to do with the script, but I think the directing also had a hand in it. For a good portion of this film I was simply bored. I believe this film would only be a hit with those who are presently attending middle school.


1 3/4 stars



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From a long line of movie afficionados, one brother was the #1 renter of movies in the country with Blockbuster, I am following in the same traditions that came before me. To balance out the long hours seated in dark movie theaters, I also teach yoga and cycling. For the past 3 years, I have correctly picked the major Oscar winners... so join me as we explore the wonder of movies and search for that perfect 4 star movie.

Posted on October 12, 2016, in Comedy and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 10 Comments.

  1. Sounds like one to pass on~

  2. Why am I not surprised by your last line?! As always you peg them right where they need to be. Cheers

  3. I am cracking up at that sneaky trick with the spit ball, lol! Reminds me of a co-worker friend (I still work with her after 20 years but we are full-time telecommuters now.) Any time anyone in the office in her area went on vacation, she would set their office chair at an uncomfortably low position for their height, then put a large smear of Vaseline on the handle under the chair that would raise the chair back up, LOLOL! She was our office prankster, but many times I got blamed on her tricks but it wasn’t me!!!! Once she even went so far to put on a brown wig to do the dirty deed in case she was seen, (she’s a blonde) and sure enough I got blamed! 😀

    • Omg, your co-worker sounds like a real trip. We should think up something to “pay her back” for pretending to be you. I have to admit I never got caught because I could look quite innocent.

      Thanks for sharing your work story.

  4. Pranks in School are fun remembering.
    I remember when I was in school, there was this bully girl, who would always catch me and try to squeeze me. Though she was lovable. In our group pic, the last years of school life, just before the cameraman clicked, she was standing behind me and she put her arm round me neck. Photo Bombed me. Till today, I feel bad about her destroying that last school snap of mine.

    • I cannot believe the photographer did not take it over. A student did something inappropriate during our class photo so the photographer whited the student out to teach him a lesson.

      Thank you for your comments.

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