“Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life” Review

Caroline Foster, Writer

One of the official posters for the movie version of "Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life" by James Patterson.
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One of the official posters for the movie version of “Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life” by James Patterson.

“Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life” was at first a movie many fans were ecstatic to see. The book series by James Patterson was absolutely amazing and hilarious, a graphic novel that was a new breath of air into the genre without being overbearing or stupid. People thought that it would be brilliant, that someone was putting this masterpiece up on the big screen.

Then they remembered how much fun directors have in butchering their source material.

Remember how bad the “Percy Jackson” series was compared to the novel? The same concept except with worse actors. It was as if the entire cast and crew just read the brief synopsis on the back of the book and said, “Okay, let’s make a movie.” The only thing that was related to the original was the basic plot, an imaginative teen trying to survive middle school by breaking all of the rules in the book, and most of the characters’ names. For example, the main adversary was supposed to be the evil Vice Principal Ida Stricker. Instead, they used Principal Dwight, who almost never even shows up in the novel.

Most of the rules were changed too. Almost none of them even came close. It was just like the directors were trying too hard to make people laugh. The actors especially. With Dwight being made into some slapstick character and the children actors being pulled out from the Disney Channel School of Acting. So basically these kids couldn’t sound like they weren’t reading off of a cue card or straight from the script.

Instead of a masterpiece that honored the book, all they have done was create a mess that deserves to be burned and forgotten.