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Max Keeble's Big Move (2001)
by Rachel Deahl review

An unfortunate attempt to recreate a Macaulay Culkin-esque caper in which a cute young squirt goes around creating mischief, Max Keeble's Big Move has none of the witty attributes that typified the feel-good antics of Home Alone. Though Alex D. Linz is almost as cute as young Mac, even he can't save this sinking ship with his winning smile and floppy hair. A poorly constructed revenge scenario for G audiences, the premise is that, when young Max's parents announce they're picking up stakes and moving the clan to Chicago, the seventh-grader is given a rare opportunity to get back at all the bullies in his life without the threat of retribution. So begins a campaign against the ice cream man, the demonic principal, and the school bully. The humor of Max Keeble relies largely on food fight scenarios; almost all the characters in the film have something dumped on them (be it chili, melted ice cream, or garbage) before the final reel. Needless to say, the grown-ups won't be the only ones walking away from Max Keeble with a sour taste in their mouths.