Max Keeble starts his first day of middle school and joins his friends, Megan and Robert. However, the principal is a tyrant and wants to ruin things for everyone and cut budgets on important aspects of the school. Since Max’s parents tell him that they will move to Chicago at some point, he thinks he can cause trouble and get away with it.
This film reminded me a lot like the Nickelodeon show, “Ned’s Declassified: School Survival Guide,” except in film format. A lot of its moments stood out to me.
One of the silliest scenes is when Max dresses in a leftover costume of Mac Google from a little kid’s show and plays the theme song inside of the outfit, to humiliate the bully, Troy. He also played the same song every time Troy opened his locker.
While on this topic, the movie shows a flashback from Max’s 4th birthday party, where Max cries due to his fear of Mac Google (a person in a costume, of course) coming. However, his guests taunt him and call him a scaredy cat.
There are some flaws with that. First of all, “scaredy cat” is a pretty mature word for 4-year-olds. I don’t think it would enter a child’s vocabulary until, at least, age 7 or 8. They would have called Max a baby.
Also, if the other kids make fun of him, are they really his friends? Shouldn’t the parents have yelled at them and forced them to apologize to Max?
In real life, that would have occurred. Not only that, every parent would have also said that he or she was sorry about his or her children’s behavior. Max’s mom and dad would likely never invite any of those kids to his parties again.
Another issue included an evil ice cream truck driver, who would attack Max with ice cream. Why didn’t he get in trouble and fired for that (unless it happened after the film ended)?
That being said, Max makes a good point that getting back at bullies makes him a bully himself. Yet, some of the staff also didn’t act friendly or professional.
It was not just stuff within the school the principal wanted to spoil, but also the local animal shelter. For some reason, it resembled more of a farm with goats, llamas, and other creatures you wouldn’t usually find there. But it was sweet when Max reunited with the chimpanzee he’d used to own.
Overall, though, the film ended up too silly and unbelievable. Yes, it’s a movie, but still. A good number of elements displeased me.
Despite that, the morals taught were still good to learn and some of the moments did amuse me. But I would rate this movie 3.5 out of 5 stars.