Comedy/Romance/Action. Victoria Justice, Jane Levy, Osric Chau, Thomas Mann, Jackson Nicoll, Thomas McDonell, Chelsea Handler, Thomas Middlemarch, Abby Elliott, Johnny Knoxville, Josh Pence. Director: Josh Schwartz. Contains swearing and violence.
SET on October 31 in Cleveland, when the entire city dons fancy dress to trick-or-treat, Fun Size is the sort of coming-of-age story John Hughes made almost 30 years ago.
Only his portraits of teen angst – Sixteen Candles, The Breakfast Club, Pretty In Pink, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off – were beautifully crafted around a nub of painful self-reflection.
Fun Size doesn’t concern itself with such trifles as genuine emotion.
So long as a nerdy guy with a heart of gold gets a beautiful girl by the end credits, all is well in the film’s fantasy world of rocking house parties and flatulent frat boys.
Director Josh Schwartz, executive producer on The O.C. and Gossip Girl, peddles the same wish-fulfilment as those TV series, albeit with the accent firmly on broad comedy rather than brazen bed-hopping.
Wren (Victoria Justice) is thrilled when dreamboat Aaron (Thomas McDonell) invites her to his Halloween party.
Alas, the young woman’s excitement is extinguished when her mother Joy (Chelsea Handler) reveals she is going to a party with her 27-year-old boyfriend (Josh Pence).
This condemns Wren to babysitting her destructive little brother, Albert, who hasn’t spoken since their father died.
Suitably aggrieved, Wren heads into the night dressed as Dorothy from The Wizard of Oz with best friend April (Jane Levy) and Albert, dressed as Spider-Man, in tow.
Taking its title from a slogan on Albert’s T-shirt, Fun Size doesn’t stray far from a well-trodden path of peer pressure, redemption and nervous first snogs.