Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life

Multiply the teen angst of Ferris Bueller’s Day Off with the creative traps of Home Alone and you get Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life.

The coming-of-age comedy follows in the footsteps of the John Hughes era of teen-centric stories, as seen in a new trailer for the movie. Griffin Gluck (Just Go With It) plays Rafe, a bright teen with an epic imagination and an aversion to authority. After he’s transferred to a new school with extreme rules, Rafe and his best friend Leo (Thomas Barbusca) decide to break every rule in the school’s Code of Conduct through any creative means necessary — and with the help of many classmates. On top of it all, his mom (Lauren Graham) is dating a mooch of a man who could potentially become his unwanted stepfather.

The clip reveals “No talking,” “No laughing,” and “No going to the bathroom” as just a few of the ridiculous rules imposed by Rafe’s principal (Andrew Daly) and teacher (Retta). Covering rooms with countless Post-It notes, dyeing the stuffy prinicipal’s hair, and filling a classroom with plastic balls just scratch the surface of Rafe and Leo’s schemes.

Based on the best-selling book series by James Patterson and Chris Tebbetts, Middle School is directed by Paul Blart: Mall Cop’s Steve Carr. Chris Bowman, Hubbel Palmer, and Kara Holden wrote the screenplay.

Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life hits theaters on Oct. 7.

Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life
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