Package up one of Tinseltown's squeaky-cleanest teen actresses, a family-friendly holiday conundrum and Johnny Knoxville getting punched in the nether region, and what do you get? A "Fun Size" comedic trick or treat, that's what.
From first-time director Josh Schwartz (former executive producer on "The O.C." and "Gossip Girl") and screenwriter Max Werner ("The Colbert Report"), "Fun Size" features Victoria Justice of Nickelodeon fame as a girl whose Halloween night priority is making it to the popular boy in school's big bash (which she was totally invited to, btw). Buzz-killer mom portrayed by Chelsea Handler decides to stick her in charge of her"gross" little brother, though. After the Spider-Man costume-clad kid gets lost on her watch, she'll have to spend the rest of her night tracking the little bugger down. Woe is the homecoming queen!
Though the picture may be nothing more than a current re-imagining of a slew of other lost-slash-annoying sibling comedies — think "Adventures in Babysitting," "Home Alone," "Dutch," "Hocus Pocus" minus the witches — it does deliver a few laugh line potentials. Like this sage wisdom from the sidekick April (Jane Levy): "A smiley face emoticon? That seals the deal, Wren. That is how love works." Or the inexplicable police dial-in declaring "we have a situation involving a musket and a drumstick."
Check out the trailer, courtesy of Movies.com, to get a "Fun Size" taste for yourself before the movie hits theaters on Oct. 26.
Oh, fair warning: you'll see a giant mechanical chicken molest a car. Yep. Bet you won't see that on Nickelodeon!