By Forrest Hartman
Rated PG-13 for crude and suggestive material, partying, and language
Available on: Blu-ray, DVD, digital download and on demand
Josh Schwartz has been a driving force behind several hit TV shows, most notably “The O.C.,” “Gossip Girl” and “Chuck,” and he made a successful jump to feature film directing with “Fun Size.”
The Nickelodeon-produced teen drama tells the story of a fun-loving high school girl named Wren (Victoria Justice) who gets invited to a Halloween party by the school stud. Just when she thinks her social life is set, Wren’s self-centered mother (Chelsea Handler) forces her to babysit her rambunctious little brother, Albert (Jackson Nicoll). When Albert disappears while trick or treating, a panicked Wren convinces her best friend April (Jane Levy) and two socially awkward guys, Roosevelt (Thomas Mann) and Peng (Osric Chau), to help her find him. The result is an adventurous night that teaches everyone a thing or two about friendship and perceived social status.
“Fun Size” is infinitely predictable, and numerous teen movies have covered the same material. Still, it’s a lot of fun, in large part due to the cast. Justice and Mann are charismatic, and the supporting players do a reasonable job creating goofy archetypes.
Despite being produced by Nickelodeon, the movie received a PG-13 rating thanks to mild adult language and fleeting references to sexuality. Because of this, “Fun Size” is not appropriate for everyone who is likely to see the commercials on the Nick TV network.
The “Fun Size” DVD has no extras, but the Blu-ray release has a gag reel, a making-of feature, deleted scenes, and a music video for Carly Rae Jepsen’s “This Kiss,”