Max Keeble's Big Move (2001)

Max Keeble's Big Move (2001)



Critic Consensus: Max Keeble may be fun for kids, but bland and unoriginal for adults.

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After having been outmatched in the live-action family film department by rival Nickelodeon in recent years, Disney jumps back into the kid-friendly fray with this comedy about a seventh grader (Alex D. Linz) who's mercilessly picked on by his school's bullies and by his principal (Larry Miller). When his parents (Nora Dunn and Robert Carradine) inform Max that they're moving at the end of the week, he takes the opportunity to exact several forms of creative revenge on his many tormenters. When it subsequently turns out that the Keebles aren't leaving town after all, little Max is left to the mercy of those he's just humiliated. Max Keeble's Big Move is the second feature film from Tim Hill, the nephew of famed director George Roy Hill (The Sting).
PG (for some bullying and crude humor)
Comedy , Kids & Family
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Alex D. Linz
as Max Keeble
Larry Miller
as Principal Elliott T. Jindraike
Jamie Kennedy
as Evil Ice Cream Man
Zena Grey
as Megan
Josh Peck
as Robe
Nora Dunn
as Lily
Clifton Davis
as Superintendant Knebworth
Amy Hill
as Mrs. Rangoon
Noel Fisher
as Troy McGinty
Amber Valletta
as Ms. Dingman
Justin Berfield
as Caption Writer
Veronica Alicino
as Mrs. Talia, Social Studies Teacher
Greg Lewis
as The Janitor
Chely Wright
as Mrs. Styles, Homeroom Teacher
Jonathan Osser
as Worried Kid
Cory Hodges
as Yearbook Photographer
Kyle Sullivan
as Techie Kid
Jordan Mahome
as Marley
as Chelsea
Sarah Rush
as Ms. Lane, School Nurse
Chelsea Bond
as Mrs. Didion, English Teacher
Shawn Pyfrom
as Bus Prankster
Dennis Haskins
as Mr. Kohls, Band Teacher
Teddy Lane Jr.
as P.E. Teacher
Martin Spanjers
as Runty Band Member
Countess Vaughn
as Office Admin. Assistant
Bryan Matsuura
as Eighth Grader No. 1
Andy Morrow
as Eighth Grader No. 2
Adam Lamberg
as Eighth Grader No. 3 on Bike
Nick Albert
as Eighth Grader in Gym
E.J. De La Pena
as Pudgy 7th Grader
Ashly Holloway
as Adorable 6-Year-Old Girl
Brendan Hill
as Pimply 7th Grader
Marcus Toji
as Food Fight Chess Player
Zachary Spound
as Julius Klinghoffer
Alexandra Kaplan
as Kelly Lloyd
Maximillian Kesmodel
as 4-Year-Old Max
Christian Boewe
as 6-Year-Old Troy
Jon Ryckman
as Slav No. 1, Football Player
Steve Provenzano
as Slav No. 2, Football Player
Joe Unitas
as Slav No. 3, Football Player
Lil' Romeo
as Himself
Marcus Hopson
as Pizza Parlor Kid
Nicholas T. King
as Skater Wannabe
Tony Hawk
as Himself
Riley Hawk
as Skateboard Kid
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Critic Reviews for Max Keeble's Big Move

All Critics (56) | Top Critics (21)

Parents may shift uneasily in their seats while their wee ones cheer on the food fights, crotch-kicking and dirty jockstrap gags.

October 29, 2001
Fort Worth Star-Telegram/
Top Critic

A welcome slice of pie in the face.

October 6, 2001
Washington Post
Top Critic

The movie is nothing if not predictable.

Full Review… | October 6, 2001
Seattle Times
Top Critic

Exactly which children Disney hopes to captivate with Keeble's Big Movea little unclear.

October 6, 2001
Top Critic

Bland, occasionally funny Disney comedy about a wayward seventh-grader.

October 6, 2001
New York Post
Top Critic

If there's no way to avoid seeing Keeble's Big Move, take along a book, ideally a hefty one. With the proper arm speed and angle of release, you can probably nail the projectionist.

Full Review… | October 6, 2001
Mr. Showbiz
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Max Keeble's Big Move

Max Keeble: We're moving?! There is nothing special or memorable about 'Max Keeble's Big Move', except maybe a few light-hearted moments and a few funny jokes, but that's about it. This will most likely please kids between 5-10, but if your older, stay far away. The acting is a joke, and that's probably the nicest thing I can say about this movie. The lead Alex D. Linz, is a very annoying actor, whose lack of talent makes his character unbearable. Larry Miller is the only redeeming aspect of the film, but his performance is a low-brow. As if this couldn't get ridiculous enough, they casted Jamie Kennedy in this reck, who is another failed actor. Ultimately, this will please the younglings, but adults will not be pleased. Not recommended. Read more reviews at

Matt Goodman
Matt Goodman

Super Reviewer

Why does Disney punish themselves by making so many live actions? I'll admit I like Haunted Mansion, but there weren't many other good Disney live action films. Country Bears? No. Shaggy Dog remake? No. Bedtime Stories? No. The Gameplan. NO! High School Musical? NONONONONO!!!! But it seems this may be the movie that started the whole trend, and considering how bad it was, way to start it off. The only good thing I can really say about it is it has Josh Peck. However, even Josh Peck had a pretty bad performance. In addition, it was pretty weird to have him have that high voice. It was like someone shoved a trumpet down his throat and recorded his voice in autotune, WHILE he was being beat up by Mike Tyson. Not to mention he tries way too hard to be funny. The other actors didn't do much better. There wasn't a single actor who did a good job, and Larry Miller's performance as the Principal was way over done. Why didn't they just hire Profion from the DnD movie to do it? Alex D. Linz obviously didn't memorize his lines, because he seemed to be stuttering ALL the time. Not impressed. The plot was pretty uncreative and unbelievably predictable. Kid's parents are moving, so he does a bunch of bad stuff because he will be gone before finding out that there not moving, but not after abandoning his friends and angering school bullies. How suspensful! But there's one thing that seperates this crappy live action disney movie from every other. There's an evil ice cream man!! Wait, what? An evil ice cream man? There was literally NO reason to have an evil ice cream man in this movie! NO REASON!!!! Maybe if the kids had been older, the humor more adult, a better cast, and the company not being Disney, it would have been a better movie. Sadly, things didn't go our way.

Marc Lewis
Marc Lewis

Super Reviewer

For sure a movie for kids. Does show you that you shouldn't burn bridges though.

Leigh Ryan
Leigh Ryan

Super Reviewer

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