Fun Size (2012)
Fun Size follows teenager Wren (Victoria Justice) who lives with her mother (Chelsea Handler) and brother Albert (Jackson Nicoll), a keen prankster. The story is set over one Halloween night when Wren’s plans to go to a party are turned upside down after her mother asks her to babysit her younger brother at the last minute. Reluctantly Wren and her BFF April (Jane Levy) take 8-year-old Albert trick or treating, wishing that they were partying with Aaron Riley (Thomas McDonell) and his friends instead. Whilst walking through a haunted house the girls manage to lose Albert and from then on chaos ensues as they set out on a mission to try and track him down before Wren’s mum returns home to find them gone.
Alongside Wren, April and Albert we also meet a whole host of characters from Fuzzy (Thomas Middleditch) the nerdy guy out for revenge, to wrestler Jörgen (Johnny Knoxville) and geeky classmates Peng (Osric Chau) & Roosevelt (Thomas Mann) who get swept up in the adventure thanks to the latter’s secret crush on Wren.
I stumbled across this Nickelodeon title on Netflix UK and honestly had no idea what to expect. Looking at the description I noticed that Josh Schwartz, the creator of teen TV hits The O.C. and Gossip Girl, directed it and decided to give it a chance.
Whilst Fun Size certainly isn’t the new Mean Girls (will anything ever be?!), this ‘crazy night of adventure’ format film turned out to be a little better than I had expected, although nothing like the other titles I associate with Schwartz. Yes, it was cheesy and pretty predictable but scattered amongst these aspects there were also a few promising moments. Personally I enjoyed the setting (I have a soft spot for all things Halloween!) but felt that they could have done a bit more with this theme as it did have the potential to be something more unique than it was.
Although there were some entertaining moments within the film, unfortunately there were more that for me just fell flat, particularly at the very end. If you’re looking for something to watch on Netflix then Fun Size may be worth a shot, just don’t set your expectations too high.