Max Keeble's Big Move
|Max Keeble's Big Move|
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Tim Hill|
|Produced by||Mike Karz|
|Written by||David L. Watts
|Starring||Alex D. Linz
|Music by||Michael Wandmacher|
|Editing by||Tony Lombardo
|Studio||Walt Disney Pictures
|Distributed by||Buena Vista Pictures|
|Running time||86 minutes|
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.
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 has two best friends, Robe and Megan (Josh Peck and Zena Grey), and is constantly bullied by Troy McGinty and Dobbs (Noel Fisher and Orlando Brown) by physical humiliation and stealing lunch money. Max is enemies with the corrupt school principal, Elliot T. Jindrake (Larry Miller) and the Evil Ice Cream Man (Jamie Kennedy), and also learns that an animal shelter he visits is being closed down.
When Max soon finds out that he is moving to Chicago after his father, Donald Keeble (Robert Carradine) gets a promotion, he is initially upset at having to move, but later plots to exact revenge against Troy, Dobbs, Mr. Jindrake, and the Evil Ice Cream Man, believing that when they try to retaliate, he will be gone. Max, Robe, and Megan concoct methods of revenge including terrifying Troy by playing the main theme song of the fictional children's television show, MacGoogle the Highlander Frog, and later severely traumatizing him by trapping him in the gym with MacGoogle, 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 lastly to ruin Mr. 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.
Once 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, Donald announces that he quit his job and started his own business, meaning that Max is not moving after all. He freaks out at this news, and learns that Robe, Megan, and the entire school are suffering because of his actions. He states that, no matter who you are, you can always stand up for yourself. he confronts Mr. Jindrake, Troy, and Dobbs one final time, and with his help of Robe, Megan, and the entire school, he eventually defeats them for good by throwing them into the dumpster, stops Mr. Jindrake from demolishing the animal shelter, and later gets him fired for fiddling with his school budget. The film ends when Max is riding on his bicycle delivering newspapers around his neighborhood, and the Evil Ice Cream Man starts pursuing him once again.
- Alex D. Linz as Max Keeble
- Josh Peck as Robe
- Zena Grey as Megan
- Larry Miller as Principal Elliot T. Jindrake
- Jamie Kennedy as the Evil Ice Cream Man
- Noel Fisher as Troy McGinty
- Orlando Brown as Dobbs
- Robert Carradine as Donald Keeble
- Nora Dunn as Lily Keeble
- Brooke Anne Smith as Jenna
- Justin Berfield as Caption writer
- Tony Hawk as himself (cameo)
- Lil' Romeo as himself (cameo)
- Marcus Hopson as Pizza parlor guy (cameo)
- Clifton Davis as Superintendent Bobby "Crazy Legs" Knebworth
- Amy Hill as Ms. Phyllis Rangoon
- Amber Valletta as Ms. Dingman
- Dennis Haskins as Mr. Kohls
- Chely Wright as Mrs. Styles (Homeroom Teacher)
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."
- "Max Keeble's Big Move (2001)". Box Office Mojo, LLC. Retrieved 2006-11-24.
- Official website
- Max Keeble's Big Move at the Internet Movie Database
- Max Keeble's Big Move at allmovie
- Max Keeble's Big Move at Rotten Tomatoes
- Max Keeble's Big Move at Box Office Mojo