"You know, people think I am REALLY CUTE!" - Max.
But what is it? Max is a skinny, stringy-haired punk, not a kid who fits the usual "cute" description. People are drawn to him, and "cuuute!" is the word most often used. The only explanation I have is that his eyes are so dark brown they look black, and it is hard to tell the difference between pupil and iris. (even with a light, when checking up at the doctor's office. Is he or is he not concussed??) so Max's eyes have a cartoon-character-ishness about them.
When by big boys saw Disney's "Tarzan", and the mother gorilla lifts up the blanket and we saw baby Tarzan for the first time, they gasped: "it's MAX!"
It has to be those inscrutable eyes.