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Rated PG-13 · 90 min. · 2012

Comedy


Finally, a movie that captures all the fun and excitement of losing a child on Halloween, that most predatory of holiday celebrations. That's definitely what goes down when a teenage girl (Victoria Justice) is stuck taking her silent, mischievous little brother (Jackson Nicoll) out trick-and-treating and ends up losing the brat. Since this is a Nickelodeon-produced film, nothing tragic or disturbing happens to the kid—unless you count all the adults who come across this boy and, instead of taking him home or alerting the authorities, drag him along to whatever action they're getting into. (In the real world, nearly all the characters in this movie would be arrested for child neglect and/or the corruption of a minor.) It's apparent that this movie is one big tribute to John Hughes, cribbing everything from his teen movies to those lousy kiddie flicks he scripted (remember Baby's Day Out?) in the '90s. And, yet, the movie still suffers from being both preposterous and antiquated, turning what many parents would perceive as the ultimate nightmare and turning it into a fun romp. This movie may be cute—but it's also wrong as hell!
Official Site: www.paramount.com/funsize
Director: Josh Schwartz
Writer: Max Werner
Producer: Bard Dorros, David Kanter, Stephanie Savage and Josh Schwartz
Cast: Thomas Mann, Victoria Justice, Johnny Knoxville, Chelsea Handler, Thomas McDonell, Riki Lindhome, Ana Gasteyer, Kerri Kenney, Jane Levy and Holmes Osborne

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