It is the first week of Junior High, and Max is the prime target so far in the school year. Then things seem bad to a downright nightmare of anger when Max is told they are moving 1,000 miles away by the end of the week and the animal shelter is getting closed down. How so? Because of messing with a money budget, without any care for the animals that may end up on the streets. Then all of a sudden, Max realizes something: Standing up to the bullies, especially the principal, will mean after effects for him that are even worse than what he tried to do, but he's moving away. It's time for him and his friends to take a stand.
Now, unlike school itself, every place Max goes is colourful, funny, and pictures come up that we see through Max's eyes, such as when the main characters are introduced, as well as some music and sound effects, which are all perfect. Even the scenes with Max getting bullied are miraculously funny. Max, Megan, and Robe pull stunts, including sneaking into the school at night in order to do things they can't do in the middle of the day. Even bigger is a food fight that not only has a reason and heart for it, but is undeniably the best food fight in cinematic history. And as you may have guessed, the comedy is top notch and will inspire kids to stand up for themselves and for others. There's more of a heart to this movie than meets the eye, and right before the end credits roll is an ending that I can't imagine could be better.
If you are an adult, you're probably going to be thinking to yourself why Max doesn't tell his parents about the bullies, especially after his horrendous first day. Sometimes it's because the suggestions don't work, but in this case, it's because if so, we wouldn't have the best movie situated in school ever made.