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This is a teen comedy about four high school kids who get in a bit of trouble on Halloween. I do not recommend seeing this film in the theaters because it is not funny and it is probably the stupidest film I have seen in a while. I did not have high expectations for this film because I knew it was targeted towards teens and I took my nephew to see it but I had no idea it will be as bad as it was. First of all, the film is not appropriate for teens or pre-teens, there were way too many filthy jokes and swearing in this film and I seriously considered leaving the theater with my nephew but I did not want him to hate me. I realize that teens are constantly exposed to sex and bad language but I do not think that a movie that is about kids on Halloween should have any of those things and I definitely do not want to spend my hard earned cash to expose my nephew to that.
This is a teen comedy about sarcastic high school senior, Wren (Victoria Justice) who can not wait to get away from her dysfunctional family and the only way to do that is go to college. Before she can do that, Wren must obey her mother and babysit her younger brother on Halloween. This was a really bad film and I do not recommend seeing it in the theaters. I decided to take my pre-teen niece to see this film because I thought it will be appropriate but boy was I wrong. The film is about kids on Halloween so I assumed that it will be appropriate for a 12 year old but the film was full of swearing and humping jokes. I do not really understand what is the target audience for this film because it is way too stupid for adults and it is not appropriate for kids and the film was not funny in any sense of the word. Overall, I do not recommend seeing it in the theaters because it would be a waste of your money.
Victoria Justice is cute, no doubt, but is strong enough to carry a full motion picture of her petite shoulders? I would say "yes", most definitely, and "Fun Size" proves this. I think the movie is a lot of fun because it shows how life is so complicated in high school and how everyone wants to get away but no one really knows how to escape the world they were born into. It just kind of happens, I guess.
The movie is hilariously funny in a lot of moments, especially when it deals with the teens chasing down the little kid, and it really gets funny when the awkward teens try and act cooler than they really are. I think this will be a huge hit with teens and tweens (and all their parents that have to go with them to the AMC to see it with them) so I expect it to be big moneymaker. It's also one of the only Halloween movies that's fun and funny and not a gory slasher flick.
This movie did make me laugh at times, no doubt, mostly because it reminded me of some of my awful parenting experiences that only I can relate to (actually, most parents can probably relate to them). I did find it a bit much though to believe that a mom of two would leave her two kids at home so that she could go and party with her boyfriend who is half her age (if that). She leaves her teen at home and tells her to take her son trick or treating, and she's somehow shocked that it doesnt go well. I know such mothers exist, but it's disturbing to see Hollywood portray this kind of behavior as somehow tolerable or decent. Seriously? I know Chelsea Handler likes to be irreverent and what not, but this was just too much for me to stomach. I didn't like the whole thing about the little kid being bandied about so much but I guess this is Hollywood. On the whole, I'd skip it, though your kids will probably enjoy it.
Victoria Justice finally gets the starring role she was born to play: herself. Well, sort of. She’s basically the teen dream that everyone wants her to be (deep, deep on the inside) in the surprisingly fun and fresh new Halloween comedy Fun Size. Much of the credit goes to director Josh Schwartz and writer Mark Werner who take a very formulaic story and sprinkle it with the kind of silly, off-the-wall fun you’d hope for in an innocuous family movie about trick-or-treating and growing up in America. Well, “family” in the sense that Chelsea Handler should ever be allowed to mother anyone. (For the record, I’ve met her several times, and she is very sweet).
Justice stars as high school senior Wren who wants nothing more than to go to the college of her dreams and escape the dysfunction of her home life, which includes a mother named Joy (Chelsea Handler), her mom’s rager-friendly boyfriend, and a little brother named Albert. Momma Joy asks Wren to take Albert trick-or-treating on Halloween so that she can go off and party with her boyfriend (like I said, no Mother of the Year awards here for Joy), and Wren reluctantly agrees and does her duty as big sister. Her friends, however, are no help, especially since they are the classic group of ragtag misfits that include a sassy but clueless girl named April, a wannabe Ladies Man named Peng (nerd alert!), and Peng’s BFF Roosevelt who is madly in love with Wren but can never dare confess his true feelings.
Wren’s friends tell her about a party that is “off the hook” and that she must attend. In her furor to be “fun”, she ends up losing Albert in the mass of trick-or-treaters. Cut to a wild goose chase where four teens out of their element are hunting for a little boy in a series of hilarious episodes that involve everything from classic teenage binge drinking to watching their mom grind on a man half her age. It’s pretty crude stuff, but crude can still be funny, especially when the cast is having as much fun as this group clearly is. Worth a peek.