The Trouble with Max (Year 8 or 9)
Part of the RSE Day
Reuben has got a new ‘friend’ called Max. But the problem is, only he can see him.
Max likes to give Reuben advice. Lots of advice… about his look, his friends and, particularly, about the opposite sex. At first, Reuben takes everything that Max says at face-value, and he starts changing his behaviour. He works out (because Max tell him that he has a weak body), he changes his taste in fashion (because Max tells him that no one likes the way he looks) and he rates the opposite sex based on their physicality (because Max tells him that he should). Yet despite doing everything that his secret friend suggests, Max still criticises Reuben, and this makes him feel worse about himself than ever before.
But then Reuben discovers that he is not the only one with a secret friend. It turns out that his classmate Phoebe also has one and her ‘friend’ also makes her feel bad about herself. So both Reuben and Phoebe set about getting rid of their secret ‘friends’ for good.
The Trouble with Max is a comedy-drama inspired by Saint John Paul II’s ‘Theology of the Body’. It helps students to understand that:
- Our bodies are good;
- We have a ‘fallen’ nature, and what this means;
- Our fallen nature can be redeemed;
- We can make choices now which will positively impact on our self-esteem, friendships and relationships.