Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Josh Schwartz|
|Produced by||Stephanie Savage
|Written by||Max Werner|
|Editing by||Michael L. Sale|
Fake Empire Productions
|Distributed by||Paramount Pictures|
|Running time||86 minutes|
Fun Size (known as Half Pint in some countries) is a 2012 American teen comedy film written by Max Werner and directed by Josh Schwartz. It stars Victoria Justice, Jane Levy, Thomas McDonell, Thomas Mann, and Chelsea Handler. 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. However, it is the studio's first American and theatrically released film with that rating.
In Cleveland, Ohio, Wren DeSantis (Victoria Justice) and her friend April (Jane Levy) are invited to a Halloween party by her crush, Aaron Riley (Thomas McDonell), but her widowed mother, Joy (Chelsea Handler) says she must also take her oddball brother Albert with her when he goes out trick-or-treating on Halloween. When she loses him in a haunted house, she must find him before her mother finds out.
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- Victoria Justice as Wren DeSantis, the main protagonist. Has a crush on Aaron Riley.
- 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 McDonell as Aaron Riley, the most popular guy in school and Wren's crush.
- Thomas Mann as Roosevelt Leroux, one of the nerds that helps Wren. He has strong feelings for Wren.
- Chelsea Handler as Joy DeSantis, Wren and Albert's mom.
- Jackson Nicoll as Albert 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 as Keevin (pronounced Keeven), Joy's 26-year-old boyfriend.
- Johnny Knoxville (uncredited) as Jörgen, the main antagonist.
- Thomas Middleditch as Manuel/Fuzzy, a clerk who befriends Albert, and Lara's former boyfriend
- Ana Gasteyer as Jackie Leroux, Roosevelt's mom
- Kerri Kenney-Silver as Barb Leroux, Roosevelt's other mom
- Holmes Osborne as Mr. Brueder
- Annie Fitzpatrick as Mrs. Brueder
- James Pumphrey as Nate Brueder, a friend of Keevin's who hosts a raging party in his parents' basement.
- Peter Navy Tuiasosopo as Mr. Mahani (Samoan man)
- Abby Elliott as Lara, Jörgen's girlfriend
- Riki Lindhome as Denise, a young woman in a Galaxy Scout costume.
In January 2011 it was announced that Josh Schwartz would direct the film as his feature film directorial debut. By the spring of 2011, the lead role had been offered to Victoria Justice, 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. The location was changed to Michigan and later to Cleveland, Ohio. In June 2011, Chelsea Handler entered negotiations.
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!"
Home media 
Fun Size was released on DVD and Blu-ray on February 19, 2013.
Box office 
Fun Size opened at #10, earning $4.1 million over the 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 wide released grossing film from Nickelodeon Movies.
Critical reception 
Fun Size has received negative reviews from critics, with several criticizing the adult humor and sexual content despite the film's Nickelodeon pedigree. Rotten Tomatoes gives a score of 27% based on 64 reviews with the site's consensus stating: "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."
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."
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."
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- Official website
- Fun Size at the Internet Movie Database
- Fun Size at Rotten Tomatoes
- Fun Size at Box Office Mojo