Fun Size

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Fun Size
Fun Size poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Josh Schwartz
Produced by Stephanie Savage
Josh Schwartz
Bard Dorros
David Kanter
Written by Max Werner
Starring Victoria Justice
Jane Levy
Thomas Mann
Chelsea Handler
Thomas McDonell
Osric Chau
Music by Deborah Lurie
Cinematography Yaron Orbach
Edited by Michael L. Sale
Production
company
Distributed by Paramount Pictures
Release dates
  • October 26, 2012 (2012-10-26)
Running time
86 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $14 million
Box office $11,417,362[1]

Fun Size (known as Half Pint in some countries) is a 2012 American Halloween teen comedy film written by Max Werner and directed by Josh Schwartz.[2][3] It stars Victoria Justice, Jane Levy, Thomas Mann, Chelsea Handler, Thomas McDonell and Osric Chau. It was produced by Nickelodeon Movies, Anonymous Content, and Fake Empire Productions and distributed by Paramount Pictures.

It was the second time a Nickelodeon film received a PG-13 rating, since Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging, which was released straight-to-DVD in the US, and two years before Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, which was released in theatres. However, it is the studio's first American and theatrically released film with that rating.[4]

The film received negative reviews from critics and was a box office flop.

Plot[edit]

In Cleveland, Ohio,[5] high school senior Wren DeSantis' (Victoria Justice) opening narration describes Halloween in Cleveland as a time for its citizens to dress up and be less ashamed of themselves, citing the nickname "the mistake by the lake." This Halloween though would be the first that she and her family spend since the death of her father, a former Def Jam Records production assistant.


Wren and Albert visit the cemetery where his father is buried and place a plastic pumpkin with flowers on his grave, just before their mother picks them up and drives them home. It is morning when they arrive home. Upon their arrival, they find Roosevelt trying to prevent Wren's mother from entering her house without the opportunity to profess his love for her, something which he was encouraged to do by his parents despite coming home with the Volvo severely damaged and confessing to them about the night's events. Meanwhile, April wakes up to find herself in the arms of Peng, and after looking around for witnesses decides to make out with him again. Fuzzy meets Denise, who asks him out on a date. Fuzzy also reveals that his real name is Manuel. Later, Albert reveals that he secretly has been pulling prank phone calls on both her mother, sister, and her sister's friend for six months, which includes the uploading of a video to Wren's Facebook page, making fun of Wren's bug dance and "explaining rap" that she did during the period of Riley's invitation.

Cast[edit]

  • Victoria Justice as Wren DeSantis, the main protagonist. Albert's sister.
  • Jane Levy as April Martin-Danzinger-Ross, Wren's best friend; A persistent social climber, she would rather drag Wren to a cool kids' party over finding her brother.
  • Thomas Mann as Roosevelt Leroux, one of the nerds that helps Wren. He has strong feelings for Wren. Wren's crush.
  • Thomas McDonell as Aaron Riley, the most popular guy in school.
  • Chelsea Handler as Joy DeSantis, Wren and Albert's mom.
  • Jackson Nicoll[6] as Albert "Spidey" DeSantis, Wren's 8-year-old brother.
  • Osric Chau as Peng, Roosevelt's best friend and fellow nerd who helps Wren; he has a crush on April.
  • Josh Pence[6][7] as Keevin (pronounced Keeven, like "Steven"), Joy's 26-year-old boyfriend.
  • Johnny Knoxville[6][7] (uncredited) as Jörgen, the main antagonist. A mixed-martial arts fighter who is a bully to Fuzzy and Albert.
  • Riki Lindhome as Denise, a young college girl in a Galaxy Scout costume.
  • Abby Elliott as Lara, Jörgen's girlfriend[8]
  • Thomas Middleditch[6] as Manuel "Fuzzy," a clerk who befriends Albert, and Lara's former boyfriend[8]
  • Ana Gasteyer[6] as Jackie Leroux, Roosevelt's mom
  • Kerri Kenney-Silver as Barb Leroux, Roosevelt's "other" mom
  • Holmes Osborne[6] as Mr. Brueder
  • Annie Fitzpatrick as Mrs. Brueder
  • James Pumphrey[6] as Nate Brueder, a friend of Keevin's who hosts a raging party in his parents' basement.
  • Peter Navy Tuiasosopo[6] as Mr. Mahani (Samoan man)
  • Cooper Ross as zombie doctor

Production[edit]

In January 2011, it was announced that Josh Schwartz would direct the film as his feature film directorial debut.[3] By the spring of 2011, the lead role had been offered to Victoria Justice,[9] and Jane Levy had entered talks for her role in the film, with Paramount announcing initial plans for the project to be shot in Minnesota.[10][11] The location was changed to Michigan and later to Cleveland, Ohio.[12] When the production moved to Cleveland, a home was scouted and selected in Cleveland , Ohio. In June 2011, Chelsea Handler entered negotiations to co-star in the film.[2][6][13][14] The film was released on October 26, 2012.[2][7][15]

Director Josh Schwartz discounted Internet claims that he was playing a convenience-store clerk. "No," he said shortly before the movie opened. "I get asked about it a lot, but that's an IMDb mistake. There are convenience-store clerks in the movie – just none played by me!"[16]

Release[edit]

The trailer was released on June 28, 2012.[17]

A music video of Carly Rae Jepsen's "This Kiss" was shown prior to the film's release in theaters.

Home media[edit]

Fun Size was released on DVD and Blu-ray on February 19, 2013. The film is currently available for streaming in the United States with the internet service Netflix.[18]

Box office[edit]

Fun Size opened at #10, earning $4.1 million over its first weekend at 3,014 theaters and averaging about $1,361 per venue. The film was a failure at the box office, only earning $10,911,519 and also is the lowest grossing wide released film from Nickelodeon Movies.[19]

Critical reception[edit]

Fun Size received negative reviews from critics, with several criticizing the adult humor and sexual content[20] despite the film's Nickelodeon pedigree.[21][22][self-published source?][23] Rotten Tomatoes reports that of 25% based on 72 surveyed critics gave the film a positive review; the average rating is 4/10. The consensus states: "It occasionally shows surprising flashes of wit, but Fun Size is too safe and formulaic – not to mention unfunny – to survive comparisons to the 80s teen movies it eagerly imitates."[24]

Adam Graham of Detroit News gave this film a score of C and said that "it feels like a project that was pitched for the CW but watered down for Nickelodeon audiences. In the end, everyone loses."[25]

Jen Chaney of Washington Post gave this film a score of 1/4, calling it "a 90-minute theatrical release from Nickelodeon Productions that, if anything, should have aired as a half-hour Nickelodeon special."[citation needed]

David Martindale of Dallas Morning News gave this film a C+, saying "like a 'fun size' chocolate bar, it's just empty calories. It's a momentary pleasure, instantly forgotten."[26]

On the positive side, Sheri Linden of The Hollywood Reporter enjoyed this film and wrote, "Though it doesn't always hit the hilarity target, this tween-targeted romp strikes a sweet-but-not-sappy balance."[citation needed]

Criticism and controversy[edit]

The film was controversial due to the fact that it was produced by Nickelodeon Movies, which is targeted for a family audience; many viewers, parents, and critics criticized the film's adult humor, profanity, sexual content, and use of drugs and alcohol, which is unusual for a Nickelodeon production.[27][28][self-published source?]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Fun Size (2012) - Box Office Mojo". Box Office Mojo. October 26, 2012. Retrieved February 28, 2015. 
  2. ^ a b c Barnes, Brooks (February 1, 2012). "Pied Pipers of Teenage Angst". The New York Times. Retrieved February 9, 2012. 
  3. ^ a b Barr, Jason (January 19, 2011). "Josh Schwartz to Helm FUN SIZE". Collider. Retrieved February 9, 2012. 
  4. ^ "Nickelodeon Set To Release Its First American PG-13 Feature". 24 October 2012. Retrieved 1 November 2012. 
  5. ^ O'Connor, Clint (October 21, 2012). " 'Fun Size': Cleveland gets its close-up in new comedy starring Victoria Justice". Cleveland.com (Cleveland Live LLC). Retrieved October 21, 2012. ... we see downtown, the skyline, the majesty of the lake, the beauty and character of neighborhoods in Lakewood, Cleveland Heights and Beachwood and the rumpled urban charm of Collinwood, among other locales. 
  6. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Johnny Knoxville, Unique Blend of Cast Join ‘Fun Size’ Comedy". BloodyDisgusting.com. May 31, 2011. Retrieved February 10, 2012. 
  7. ^ a b c Weinstein, Joshua L. (July 26, 2011). "Paramount Sets 'Fun Size' Release for Oct. 12, 2012". The Wrap. Retrieved February 10, 2012. 
  8. ^ a b "Not so Fun Size comedy". The Irish News. November 2, 2012. 
  9. ^ Kroll, Justin (Mardh 25, 2011). "Victoria Justice tapped to star in 'Fun Size'". Variety. Retrieved February 10, 2012.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  10. ^ Barton, Steve. "Jane Levy – Now Available in Fun Size?". April 29, 2011. Dread Central. Retrieved February 9, 2012. 
  11. ^ Kilday, Gregg (February 9, 2012). "Jane Levy in Talks to Join Josh Schwartz's 'Fun Size'". Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved April 28, 2011. 
  12. ^ "Josh Schwartz’ ‘Fun Size’ will be shot in Cleveland". On Locations. Retrieved February 9, 2012.  |first1= missing |last1= in Authors list (help)
  13. ^ Kit, Borys (February 9, 2012). "Paramount Pictures is in negotiations with the "Chelsea Lately" host to join the teen comedy". Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved June 15, 2011. 
  14. ^ staff (February 10, 2012). "Chelsea Handler In 'Fun Size': Actress In Talks For Nickelodeon Comedy". Huffington Post. Retrieved June 16, 2011. 
  15. ^ Dee, Jake (July 26, 2011). "Paramount sets Josh Schwartz's Halloween comedy Fun Size for October 2012". JoBlo. Retrieved February 9, 2012. 
  16. ^ Lovece, Frank (October 17, 2012). "Victoria Justice remembers Halloween". Newsday. Archived from the original on October 18, 2012. Retrieved October 18, 2012. 
  17. ^ "'Fun Size' Trailer HD – YouTube". Retrieved 28 December 2012. 
  18. ^ http://www.netflix.com/WiMovie/70243452. Retrieved November 16, 2013.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  19. ^ "Why Nickelodeon is releasing its first PG-13 film". 24 October 2012. Retrieved 28 December 2012. 
  20. ^ "BOXOFFICE.COM (Fun Size review)". 25 October 2012. Retrieved 21 November 2012. 
  21. ^ "Fun Size review". 1 November 2012. Retrieved 21 November 2012. 
  22. ^ "Review – Fun Size". 26 October 2012. Retrieved 21 November 2012. 
  23. ^ "The trick here: There's no treat (Fun Size review)". The Washington Post. 26 October 2012. Retrieved 21 November 2012. 
  24. ^ "Fun Size". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 7 December 2013. 
  25. ^ "Review: Laughs are mini in Halloween comedy 'Fun Size' From The Detroit News: http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20121026/ENT02/210260326#ixzz2GNjWGajU". 26 October 2012. Retrieved 28 December 2012. 
  26. ^ "'Fun Size' is a momentary pleasure, instantly forgotten". 25 October 2012. Retrieved 28 December 2012. 
  27. ^ Nickelodeon strikes out with ‘Fun Size’ by Catie Kirsch and Brynne Deppas
  28. ^ Mendelson's Memos: Why the box office failure of Fun Size is actually good news.

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