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Fun Size Review

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3.0

Dave White Profile

Some treats. Zero tricks. Lots of sugar. Read full review

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  • 2.0
    37

    out of 100

    Metascore®
    Generally unfavorable reviews
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 33

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly

    This movie has no courage and little brains, and is salvaged, if at all, only by its heart. There remains a huge market for a great Halloween teen comedy, but Fun Size is the disappointing apple that your crazy-haired neighbor gives you instead of candy.

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  • 38

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    Fun is hiding behind a bad movie costume in this humorless and idiotic Halloween teen comedy.

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  • 70

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Sheri Linden

    The movie is, by and large, smarter than the gross-out tactics that pass for hilarity in many mainstream adult comedies.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 13+

Predictable party flick is too edgy for star's younger fans.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that because Fun Size is from Nickelodeon Studios and features Victorious star Victoria Justice and her on-screen little brother, many parents and kids might assume that it's OK for young kids and tweens. But this is definitely a high school comedy. The humor, innuendo, and violence -- however comedic they might be -- are inappropriate for Nickelodeon's TV audiences, though far less raunchy than R-rated comedies like Superbad and The Sitter. On the bright side, the movie does encourage teens to look beyond the superficial when it comes to romantic partners and to appreciate and look after your family and close friends. Expect some language ("s--t" and more), underage drinking, implied teen hook-ups, and some scuffles and threats. One teen character has two moms.

  • Families can talk about what message it sends when a kid-oriented company puts out media that's meant for older audiences. Who do you think Fun Size is intended to appeal to? Does it succeed?
  • What life-changing lessons do the characters learn throughout the night? Is it believable that Wren would choose Roosevelt over Aaron? Can you think of a movie in which a "plain" but smart girl triumphs over the pretty but popular one?
  • How does the movie depict teen drinking? Are there realistic consequences?

The good stuff
  • message true3

    Messages: This is a movie about family and friendship, grief and acceptance, and knowing how to move forward. There are also a lot of valuable lessons about tolerance, looking beyond the superficial, and what it takes to have an open, honest relationship with your parents.

  • rolemodels true3

    Role models: In the end, Wren doesn't just go with the flow; she realizes it's Roosevelt, not ultra-popular school heartthrob Aaron Riley, that she wants. She'll also stop at nothing to find her little brother. Roosevelt and his moms have a very honest, communicative relationship. Roosevelt is a smart, by-the-books kind of guy, but he also knows how to step up for those he loves. Albert doesn't talk but has a strong sense of justice and loyalty -- just like the superheroes he idolizes.

What to watch for
  • violence false3

    Violence: An amateur MMA fighter threatens a lot of people, kidnaps a little boy, and keeps him locked up. There's a provocation between two muscled bullies and two nerdy teens. Before a full-out brawl starts, there's a "duel" in which one guy shoots the other guy's weapon, which happens to be a piece of fried chicken. Albert uses fireworks and other means to thwart those who wrong him. His grown-up friend accidentally sets fire to an apartment and is then pummeled by the very large inhabitants.

  • sex false3

    Sex: A few passionate kisses -- two between teens (one couple is shown after obviously having hooked up -- or at least having slept in the same bed together) and others between random couples at a party full of twentysomethings. A single mother's much younger boyfriend has spent the night at their house and kisses her in front of her kids.

  • language false3

    Language: Language includes "s--t," "bitch," "ass," "asswad," "boobs," "damn," "crap," "lame," "hell," "sucks," "oh my God," etc. There's also a crude joke about how a teen girl has applied Nair to her bottom.

  • consumerism false3

    Consumerism: Product placements include Mac, Volvo, Hunter boots, Def Jam records, the Beastie Boys album Licensed to Ill, Converse high-tops, Nair hair removal cream, a Porsche, and the movie Animal House.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Partygoers drink and smoke cigarettes. Underage teens drink at a high school party. There's drinking and driving.

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