Max Keeble's Big Move

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Max Keeble's Big Move
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Theatrical release poster
Directed by Tim Hill
Produced by Mike Karz
Written by David L. Watts
James Greer
Jonathan Bernstein
Mark Blackwell
Starring Alex D. Linz
Music by Michael Wandmacher
Cinematography Arthur Albert
Edited by Tony Lombardo
Peck Prior
Production
company
Walt Disney Pictures
Karz Entertainment
Distributed by Buena Vista Pictures
Release dates
  • October 5, 2001 (2001-10-05)
Running time
86 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $25 million[1]
Box office $18,634,654

Max Keeble's Big Move is a 2001 American comedy film directed by Tim Hill, written by David L. Watts, James Greer, Jonathan Bernstein, and Mark Blackwell, and starring Alex D. Linz as the title character. The film was released in North America on October 5, 2001 by Walt Disney Pictures.

Plot

Max Keeble (Alex D. Linz) is a seventh grade junior high school paperboy who has a huge crush on Jenna (Brooke Anne Smith), the daughter of one of his paper recipients. Max is antagonized by the corrupt megalomaniacal school principal, Elliot T. Jindrake (Larry Miller), resident bullies Troy McGinty and Dobbs (Noel Fisher and Orlando Brown), and the Evil Ice Cream Man (Jamie Kennedy). Max also learns that an animal shelter he visits is being closed down to build Jindrake's opulent football stadium.

When Max's father, Donald (Robert Carradine), reveals that he is moving to Chicago for his boss, because he is unable to stand up for himself, Max realizes that he can do whatver he wants to Jindrake, Troy, Dobbs, and the Evil Ice Cream Man, with facing no consequences because he will be gone by then. Enlisting his equally socially outcasted friends, Robe and Megan (Josh Peck and Zena Grey), pranks include traumatizing Troy by playing the main theme song of the fictional children's television show, MacGoogle the Highlander Frog, which frightened him as a child, trapping him in the gym with a MacGoogle suit wearer, instigating a fight between Dobbs and the Evil Ice Cream Man by stealing the coolant coil for his ice cream truck and his handheld device, and ruining Jindrake's chances of becoming superintendent to replace the current superintendent, Crazy Legs (Clifton Davis), by planting animal pheromones within his breath spray, instigating a food fight in the cafeteria, and later by sabotaging his announcements by placing a cardboard cutout of Max pointing at him claiming that he was wearing a thong.

After his missions are completed, Max ends up ditching Robe and Megan's going away party by accepting an invite to Jenna's milkshake party, causing a falling out. Taking Max's advice to heart earlier, Don announces that he quit his job and started his own business, meaning that Max is not moving after all. Max freaks out at this news, and learns that other students at his school are suffering because of his actions. Max states that, no matter who you are, you can always stand up for yourself. Max confronts Jindrake, Troy, and Dobbs one final time, and with his help of other students at his school, Max eventually defeats Troy and Dobbs for good by throwing them into the dumpster and stops Jindrake from demolishing the animal shelter, which later gets him fired for fiddling with the school budget. The film ends when Max rides on his bicycle delivering newspapers around his neighborhood, and the Evil Ice Cream Man starts pursuing him once again.

Cast

Critical reception

Max Keeble's Big Move was a box office bomb. Rotten Tomatoes currently gives the film a 26% "rotten" rating on its site. The consensus states that the film is "fun for kids, but bland and unoriginal for adults."

References

  1. ^ "Max Keeble's Big Move (2001)". Box Office Mojo, LLC. Retrieved 2006-11-24. 

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