Movie review: 'Fun Size'

‘Fun Size' waddles when it should be a romp.
Oklahoman Published: October 26, 2012

It's funny how the beloved movies of one's less politically correct youth turn out to have a lot more edge to them once you show them to your own kids. “Back to the Future” has more sexuality than you remember, and little blasts of profanity. “Adventures in Babysitting,” “Bad News Bears” and “Goonies,” even more.

“Fun Size” is in that tradition — at least in terms of the naughty stuff that tweens and teens will snicker over.

Pity it isn't as much fun as its title implies.

Victoria Justice jumps from Nickelodeon to the big screen with a PG-13 romp that only rarely romps, a movie that surrounds the lovely 19-year-old with funny people and struggles to find them laughs.

Justice (TV's “Victorious”) plays Wren, a Cleveland high school senior dreaming of the day she can slip off to New York and college, which is where her late father taught her that “you find out who really are.”

First, she's got to talk mom (Chelsea Handler, given nothing funny to do) into letting her apply to NYU. Mom's a bit distracted. Her grieving for her late husband has taken the form of dating/ sleeping with a much younger, goofier, oddly named Keevin (Josh Pence).

And Mom is determined to hang out with Keevin's loser friends on Halloween, which ruins Wren's plans to hit the hot high school party that night with her hot-to-trot pal April (Jane Levy, amusingly on the money). Wren has to baby-sit her silent-but-deadly 8-year-old brother, Albert (Jackson Nicoll), whose pranks are epic but who basically stopped talking when their dad died.

The romantic entanglement of the evening is Wren's desire to hook up with musician Aaron Riley (Thomas McDonell), the “god, stud, legend” who is throwing the party. Meanwhile, her nerdy true-blue pal Roosevelt (Thomas Mann, of the raunchier teen farce “Project X”) has little hope of making time with Wren, dressed as a tarty Dorothy from “The Wizard of Oz,” because he thinks a costume based on biologist E.O. Wilson is a pretty cool idea.

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MOVIE REVIEW

‘Fun Size'

PG-131:272 stars

Starring: Victoria Justice, Jackson Nicoll, Jane Levy, Chelsea Handler, Thomas McDonell. (Crude and suggestive material, partying and language)

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