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Movie review: 'Fun Size'

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

And nobody is making time with anybody thanks to Albert's getaway. The plump (“Fun-size”) kid is dressed as Spider-Man, with one arm just a bloody stump. He escapes his sister's care and has many adventures involving pranks and assorted run-ins with thugs, girls out clubbing and the like. Many of these misadventures are with Fuzzy (Thomas Middleditch, funny), a mop-topped convenience store clerk who'd be more at home with his best bud Scooby-Doo. Fuzzy explains to one and all that he has an 8-year-old boy in his car.

“Dude, that's messed up.”

Even though we know where most of this is going, Max Werner's middling script is sprinkled with surprises — some of them rude, others downright crude. Houses are egged, a Volvo is “violated,” jokes abound and Roosevelt's “moms” (Ana Gasteyer is one) score a couple of big laughs.

But Justice does nothing here that would make her stand out from the current crop of pretty young things trying to jump from TV to the movies.

And TV director Josh Schwartz hasn't learned the “funny lens” (extreme close-up) or “faster is funnier” rules of big-screen comedy. “Fun Size” waddles along at half-speed, never building momentum. Even the good gags are robbed of their punch by the pedestrian way this thing was shot and cut.

He does better with the sentimental stuff. But the movie's not titled “Sentimental Size,” is it?

— Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel, MCT Information Service


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