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Fun Size

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  Fun Size Review
Tookey's Rating
1 /10
Average Rating
4.44 /10
Victoria Justice, Jane Levy, Chelsea Handler
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Directed by: Josh Schwartz
Written by: Max Werner

Released: 2012
Origin: US
Colour: C
Length: 90

No fun at all.
Reviewed by Chris Tookey

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This clueless attempt to marry teen-friendly family comedy (remember Adventures in Babysitting?) with gross-out humour (I’m still trying to forget Hangover 2) is a tasteless mis-step by first-time director Josh Schwartz, who created The O.C. for television at the age of 26, and Gossip Girl in his early thirties.

His first movie heroine is a personality-free teenager (Victoria Justice, pictured, from the Nickelodeon TV series Victorious) trying to hang out with the cool kids at their Halloween party, while attempting to babysit her annoying little brother (Jackson Nicoll) who has a tendency to wander off with older people.

Their weirdly inappropriate behaviour towards him is, I imagine, meant to be funny not creepy. There’s also something distasteful about the abduction of a child being treated so flippantly.

Meanwhile, our heroine’s middle-aged mom (Chelsea Handler) dresses as a Britney Spears schoolgirl in order to party with her much younger boyfriend. This, too, is supposed to be funny, not pathetic.
Hardly any of the jokes raise a smile, and the explicitly crude sexual elements, which include jaw-dropping gags making light of paedophilia, are astonishingly unsuited to a family film.

The inappropriate use of fireworks as prank weapons is even more despicable. This is a movie you wouldn’t wish any child to see just before bonfire night. It promotes potentially lethal behaviour.

Fun Size has the distinction of being the world’s worst Halloween movie: woefully incompetent and downright pernicious. Everyone involved should be thoroughly ashamed.

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