Fun Size 2012

Fun Size

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It occasionally shows surprising flashes of wit, but Fun Size is too safe and formulaic -- not to mention unfunny -- to survive comparisons to the '80s teen movies it eagerly imitates.

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Wren (Victoria Justice) is a high-school senior who can't wait to get away from her dysfunctional family. On Halloween, Wren's mother decides to go out with her much-younger boyfriend, leaving Wren to look after little brother Albert. When Wren is distracted by an invitation to the party of the year, Albert disappears into a sea of trick-or-treaters. Enlisting the aid of her sassy friend, April (Jane Levy), and two other classmates, Wren sets out on a frantic search for her sibling.

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All Critics (73) | Top Critics (22) | Fresh (18) | Rotten (55)

  • As ever, "fun size" translates to "no fun whatsoever".

    November 1, 2012 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…

    Mike McCahill

    Guardian
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  • This is a dog's breakfast of a film, lurching from simpering teen-romcom sentiment to off-colour paedophile gags to sub-'Juno' hipster cultural references to a lecture on the woes of single motherhood without breaking stride.

    October 30, 2012 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • This is utterly disposable stuff, but it does have its moments.

    October 29, 2012 | Full Review…
  • Screenwriter Max Werner and director Josh Schwartz clearly have several well-worn copies of Adventures in Babysitting between them, but they keep the gags coming at a brisk pace.

    October 26, 2012 | Full Review…

    Alonso Duralde

    TheWrap
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  • Though it doesn't always hit the hilarity target, this tween-targeted romp strikes a sweet-but-not-sappy balance.

    October 26, 2012 | Full Review…
  • There's little fun to be had in this foolish Halloween comedy that generates many more eye rolls than laughs.

    October 26, 2012 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…

    Claudia Puig

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  • Jul 29, 2015
    Average flick about a teen's Halloween night gone wrong, with the requisite high school antics and types: the hot girl who's inexplicably unpopular, the academic nerd who pines for her, her sassyfrassy, social-climbing best friend, the grieving-through-partying absent mother, and the mute little brother who goes missing but not before befriending a variety of party miscreants. It's all rather low stakes, but the emotional reveal about Ren's late father is better than the rest of the movie.
    Alice S Super Reviewer
  • Feb 24, 2014
    This Nickelodeon teen gross-out comedy only offered a couple laughs. Neither the characters nor plot feel like they are going anywhere.
    Byron B Super Reviewer
  • Mar 06, 2013
    I can just imagine it now: the execs at Paramount sadly watching all of the movies aimed for teenagers flopping, one after the other. Aside from Twilight or "The Perks of Being a Wallflower," the teen genre is one that films should mostly stay the hell away from unless they are of a "Superbad" or the aforementioned "Wallflower" quality. Instead of putting a little more effort into the next attempt, Paramount clearly decided to simply go the complete other direction and take a kid's movie as close to an "R" rating as possible. And make a Nickelodeon movie to boot. And they got pretty damn close to getting it right. To the movie's unending credit, the main cast are actually a bit too good for this sort of thing. Victoria Justice is actually much better than I could have ever expected. Despite being several years older than an actual teenager, she actually does hit the mannerisms of a teenage girl perfectly. Even as piss-poor as the script is, which I'll get to, she still redeems herself. Jane Levy, playing the supporting role of "bitchy best friend," is supremely annoying, but in a surprisingly bearable way. For whatever reason, Johnny Knoxville's in this movie too. Apart from them and the two male romantic leads played by Thomas Mann of "Project X" and an Asian guy whose name I don't know, the rest of the film's cast is complete ass. There's a stereotypical bad-boy rock star type, but he's given nothing to do other than understandably pine for Justice. Chelsea Handler plays the slutty mom of Justice's character, and should've won a Razzie. Much like most movies for teenagers, it completely screws up when it comes to how teenagers talk and interact. Jane Levy's character is given most of the crappy dialogue, unfortunately. The plot is also obvious from the beginning, and I literally predicted every plot point almost exactly the way it happened. So yeah, this is decidedly average. Justice has potential, and if she gets lucky, she may even be an actual movie star someday.
    Palmer R Super Reviewer
  • Feb 28, 2013
    Some people just can't handle Halloween. Good movie! I can understand where some people would really be down on this film. There is no doubt that it is full of clichés, in fact every character nearly reeks of cliché. TV master Josh Schwartz helms this film and he has certainly created and worked on some truly great TV shows and I'm not sure this is his best creation but he definitely sincerely tries. I couldn't help but laugh my way through this. The Chicken shack scene was priceless and despite being cliché so many of the physical comedy scenes, and situations that they get into are genuinely funny and certainly worth watching if you can put your expectations in check. Wren's Halloween plans go awry when she's made to babysit her brother, who disappears into a sea of trick-or-treaters. With her best friend and two nerds at her side, she needs to find her brother before her mom finds out he's missing.
    Manu G Super Reviewer

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