Crude Halloween Hijinks
Release Date: October 26, 2012
Starring: Victoria Justice, Jackson
Nicoll, Chelsea Handler, Josh
Pence, Jane Levy, Osric Chau,
Audience: Teenagers and adults
Runtime: 90 minutes
Distributor: Paramount Pictures/Viacom
Director: Josh Scwartz
Executive Producer: Michael Beugg, Steve Golin,
Producer: Bard Dorros, David Kanter,
Stephanie Savage, Josh Shwartz
Writer: Max Werner
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In Cleveland, there lives a family trying to adjust to the death of the Dad. Wren is the somewhat awkward teenage girl who’s preparing for college. Her younger, troublemaking brother, Albert, is a typical highly imaginative boy who stopped talking after the death of their father. Their mother is struggling being a single mom. In an attempt to cope with her emotional problems, she begins dating a 20-year-old guy.
Wren just wants to leave all the drama behind. With Halloween coming up, what better way to escape than go to Aaron Riley’s party? Aaron is the heartthrob of the high school, and he just happens to have a soft spot for Wren. April, Wren’s best friend, is determined to make this the best Halloween ever, but everything starts falling apart when Wren’s Mother tells her she has to babysit Albert and watch him while he goes trick or treating. Wren tells April, and April hatches a plan to take out Albert and then go Aaron’s party afterwards.
Wren and April take Albert into a haunted house, where Albert goes missing. Wren and April start frantically looking for him, but to no avail. Meanwhile, Albert has wandered over to a convenience store to get a slushy where he befriends the store clerk, a 20-year-old comic book geek.
Wren and April can’t cover enough ground on foot, so they reluctantly ask the school nerds whether they would mind driving them around to help find Albert. The two nerds enthusiastically help the damsels in distress. Will Wren be able to find Albert before their mother gets home?
FUN SIZE has some funny moments to it. The characters are very quirky and have a likable appeal to them. However, the movie has a mixed worldview. There are some strong moral elements of being selfless and kind, but there are also some Romantic elements of following one’s heart rather than doing the right thing. It also has a mixed worldview with some strong moral elements of being selfless and kind. That mixed worldview includes the typical Nickelodeon promotion of youthful rebellion. Worse, the movie has crass humor, lewd jokes, foul language (some spoken by children), provocatively dressed females, and even a lesbian homosexual couple at one point.
Overall, therefore, FUN SIZE is by no means an appropriate movie for teenagers, much less younger pre-adolescents. So, MOVIEGUIDE® finds FUN SIZE ultimately unacceptable.
FUN SIZE is funny and sweet at times. Wren and her family are likable. They have a certain charm to them. FUN SIZE also has some moral elements mixed in with Romantic content. However, where the movie really disappoints is its salacious, lewd content. The crude jokes, provocative clothes, homosexual elements, and foul language make FUN SIZE unacceptable viewing.