Since we're dredging up old threads:
My view is that any movie that makes me cry and any movie that makes me laugh has to be a good movie, even ones intended for kiddie audiences. The last 20 minutes of "My Dog Skip" made me cry in buckets, mostly because I'm a soft touch for boy-and-his-dog stories, especially when something really bad happens to the dog, as it usually does. "Max Keeble" made me laugh a lot, mostly because the evil school principal is hilariously pompous; Justin's role was small--the movies he starred in were strictly kiddie fare from the 1990's. The best outside role Justin has played in his MITM years was his lead role in an episode of "The Nightmare Room," a sort of "Twilight Zone" for kids; the episode is basically a horror story, and Justin gets to do a lot of cringing and howling, which he's very good at (it's available in DVD.)
I've only watched a snippet of the movie where Erik wore a mullet (can't remember the name); he was still young enough to have that elfish appearance that made everything the young Dewey did seem funny and somewhat quirky.
Frankie's horror flick "Stay Alive" is now being advertised locally during syndicated broadcasts of Malcolm re-runs; strangely, Frankie doesn't appear in the ads. It opens March 24, and I'm going to try to see it--only because of Frankie. Justin's production project, "Romance and Cigarettes" is opening in the UK right about now; from what I know, it appears to be a very off-beat film that Brits and Europeans will probably like more than the mass American audience. I'll certainly watch it; I like off-beat stuff, and the cast is fabulous.