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
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.
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: 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: 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: 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: 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.
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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Very Funny and Amazing! by baileycharmed00
I saw the movie today and I thought it was HILARIOUS!
I've seen some comments say that Nickelodeon shouldn't of made a movie with language like that, but if parents didn't want their kids seeing that, then they should have looked and saw that it was PG-13!!! Don't blame Nickelodeon!
I loved the movie and I want to even see it again! I laughed the whole way through it and couldn't stop. This is now my favorite movie of ALL TIME!!!!!
Fun size by RICHAHRD
You must go see this move it
Is very. Funny and I mean very funny
It is a must go see. Move
I give it 5 stars
Teen Flop by brunolax
Took my daughter thinking it would be bearable - I was wrong. 10 minutes into the movie I knew I had made a mistake. It's certainly harmless though. Just drop off the kids and pick them up when it's over! Torture!
WASTE OF MONEY & TIME by slaughteras
I mistakenly thought this movie would be similar to one of our favorite shows "Victorious", but I was sadly mistaken. I took my 10 yr old and my 12 yr old and almost left the theater half-way through. The language and sexual conotations could have been left out and this movie would have been much more enjoyable. I can't believe this movie was pushed so hard on Nick. Poor choice.
For Fans of Victoria Justice. by LordRaymond
Fun Size was not a movie that one would expect from Nickelodeon but the end result it was decent. Victoria Justice was the best part of the movie. This comedy was not bad but highly inappropriate for preteens. The movie I felt would have been better quality wise if it was rated PG since the movie had too much of a made for TV or straight to DVD feeling. Despite that it was still pretty entertaining but it is not for everyone.
3 stars out of 10 by msoto247
I am a huge Victoria Justice fan and went to see "Fun Size". Unfortunately I thought the movie was boring. I found more humor in one of her Victorious shows than I did from her new movie. I would advise you to see this movie for free online (if that).
Sorry all but I was not impressed at all. I think we laughed maybe once throughout the film and it wasn't even that funny.
This is a very funny movie! by sanvern
Don't know why some are given this movie a bad review. It was cute, very funny with a very funny ending, wait for when the credits start and watch - laughed so hard LOL. Cute and funny movie, a fun movie. We all could use the laugh these days. And I'm 56
not so good of a movie by hananq109
The tailor FUN SIZE pretty much gave the hole movie away. There were many inappropriate seens for kids to watch. from the minute the movie started the movie was really boring because u already new whats going to happen. i think that this movie was probably the boringist movie i have ever watche! :(
Not Much Fun Size. by Alon Patterson
No matter the age demographic targeted here, this one just doesn't work. There's no chemistry, poor performances and it's VERY badly directed, just for starters. The screenplay is so overly contrived it's tedious and dull, and the entertainment value to be derived here is next to none. Even the kids will pan it, especially if they have to spend their allowance to see it. You may want to wait for the DVD or stream but this one is so bad, you probably won't even find it in the bargain bin at the discount store. Skip it. You'll be glad you did.
funny as hell
im a teen and this movie was great this movie would have been better if rated r and was not a kid movie at all victoria justice acts good and aswell as that little kid more like a movie for goofy teens and hella funny