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Fun Size. Courtesy Paramount Pictures
Fun Size. Courtesy Paramount Pictures

Fun Size is pure bubblegum high jinks

Josh Schwartz's directorial debut is pure Nickelodeon stuff: bubblegum high jinks that's short on laughs.

Fun Size
Director: Josh Schwartz
Starring: Victoria Justice, Chelsea Handler, Thomas Mann, Jackson Nicoll
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A tween Halloween gross-out comedy thatís safely pitched as family entertainment, this directorial debut from televisionís Schwartz (better known for creating The OC and Gossip Girl) veers wildly in tone and taste before arriving at an inoffensive conclusion.

Ostensibly, itís about the nerdy head-turner Wren (Justice), whose widowed mum Joy (a suitably restrained Handler) charges her with looking after her 8-year-old brother Albert (Nicoll) while she zips off with a twentysomething date.

All too swiftly, attention is steered towards Wrenís fawning admirer Roosevelt (Mann), as they seek to find the errant Albert whoís dressed as Spider-Man. A so-called party of the year also proves both a distraction and a rude awakening for Joy.

Itís pure Nickelodeon stuff: bubblegum high jinks thatís short on guffaws but also, mercifully, shy on offending, too. Johnny Knoxville puts in a forgettable cameo.


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