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Fun Size

By SAUNDRA SORENSON
Nickelodeon Movies is a studio with a wide range of tastes—or else it’s in a constant state of identity crisis. It’s responsible for Harriet the Spy but also Nacho Libre; both Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events and The Last Airbender. Nowhere is this branding problem more obvious than in Fun Size. Though the comedy presents itself as a fairly chaste teen romp, its sense of humor is at serious odds with its subject matter. Victoria Justice’s sweet and vulnerable Wren suggests Fun Size is meant for the adolescent female set, but the lowbrow humor proves the producers had a much younger crowd in mind. The film unabashedly cribs from Adventures in Babysitting, but the journey, captured in a series of jerky shots with little skill or forethought, isn’t half as interesting. Ambitious high-school senior Wren is stuck watching her weird little brother, Albert, on Halloween. Albert is a kind of malicious idiot savant of indeterminate age, and recovering him means skipping out on a crush’s house party (or does it?) and teaming up with two sexually awkward classmates who have access to a car. The best lines are given to Fuzzy, the cerebral convenience-store clerk, who also manages the best delivery. In a more capable movie, Fuzzy would be the underwritten character we’d want to see more of, but he remains overwritten and tiresome—just like the rest of Fun Size.
 
  • Genres: Comedy
  • Release Date: Monday, October 29, 2012
  • Country: United States
  • Language: English
  • MPAA Rating: PG-13
  • Critic's Score: D
  • Starring: Victoria Justice [Wren], Jane Levy [April], Thomas Mann [Roosevelt], Chelsea Handler [], Thomas McDonell [], Thomas Middleditch [], Johnny Knoxville [], Osric Chau [Peng], Patrick de Ledebur [Mike Puglio]
  • Directed by: Josh Schwartz [Director], Max Werner [Screenwriter], Josh Schwartz [Producer], Stephanie Savage [Producer], David Kanter [Producer], Michael Beugg [Executive Producer], Steve Golin [Executive Producer], Paul Green [Executive Producer]
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