Fun Size



Predictable party flick is too edgy for star's younger fans.
  • Review Date: October 25, 2012
  • Rated: PG-13
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Release Year: 2012
  • Running Time: 90 minutes

What parents need to know

Positive messages

This is a movie about family and friendship, grief and acceptance, and knowing how to move forward. There are also a lot of valuable lessons about tolerance, looking beyond the superficial, and what it takes to have an open, honest relationship with your parents.

Positive role models

In the end, Wren doesn't just go with the flow; she realizes it's Roosevelt, not ultra-popular school heartthrob Aaron Riley, that she wants. She'll also stop at nothing to find her little brother. Roosevelt and his moms have a very honest, communicative relationship. Roosevelt is a smart, by-the-books kind of guy, but he also knows how to step up for those he loves. Albert doesn't talk but has a strong sense of justice and loyalty -- just like the superheroes he idolizes.


An amateur MMA fighter threatens a lot of people, kidnaps a little boy, and keeps him locked up. There's a provocation between two muscled bullies and two nerdy teens. Before a full-out brawl starts, there's a "duel" in which one guy shoots the other guy's weapon, which happens to be a piece of fried chicken. Albert uses fireworks and other means to thwart those who wrong him. His grown-up friend accidentally sets fire to an apartment and is then pummeled by the very large inhabitants.


A few passionate kisses -- two between teens (one couple is shown after obviously having hooked up -- or at least having slept in the same bed together) and others between random couples at a party full of twentysomethings. A single mother's much younger boyfriend has spent the night at their house and kisses her in front of her kids.


Language includes "s--t," "bitch," "ass," "asswad," "boobs," "damn," "crap," "lame," "hell," "sucks," "oh my God," etc. There's also a crude joke about how a teen girl has applied Nair to her bottom.


Product placements include Mac, Volvo, Hunter boots, Def Jam records, the Beastie Boys album Licensed to Ill, Converse high-tops, Nair hair removal cream, a Porsche, and the movie Animal House.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Partygoers drink and smoke cigarettes. Underage teens drink at a high school party. There's drinking and driving.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that because Fun Size is from Nickelodeon Studios and features Victorious star Victoria Justice and her on-screen little brother, many parents and kids might assume that it's OK for young kids and tweens. But this is definitely a high school comedy. The humor, innuendo, and violence -- however comedic they might be -- are inappropriate for Nickelodeon's TV audiences, though far less raunchy than R-rated comedies like Superbad and The Sitter. On the bright side, the movie does encourage teens to look beyond the superficial when it comes to romantic partners and to appreciate and look after your family and close friends. Expect some language ("s--t" and more), underage drinking, implied teen hook-ups, and some scuffles and threats. One teen character has two moms.

What's the story?

High-school senior Wren (Victoria Justice) is still grieving the death of her father when school hunk Aaron Riley (Thomas McDonnell) asks her to his exclusive Halloween party. That motivates Wren to get into costume, but her widowed mother (Chelsea Handler) wants to party with her young boy-toy, so Wren is forced to take her mute, candy-loving, Spider-Man-dressed little brother, Albert (Jackson Nicoll), trick-or-treating instead. After losing track of him, Wren enlists help from smitten nerd Roosevelt (Thomas Mann) and her best friend (Jane Levy) to find her missing brother. Eight-year-old Albert, meanwhile, ends up on his own Halloween adventure, which includes helping a convenience store manager get revenge on the guy who stole his ex-girlfriend.

Is it any good?


Like most movies that take place in just 24 hours, there's a lot going on in FUN SIZE. Some of it is legitimately funny -- like when Handler, dressed like school-girl Britney Spears, shows up at her younger boyfriend's party only to realize in horror that she doesn't want to party like a 24-year-old anymore. And then there's Roosevelt's lesbian Earth-mothers (improv masters Ana Gasteyer and Kerri Kenney), who insist on speaking to him in ancient languages and demand absolute truth at all times.

The majority of Fun Size, however, feels slapped together, lacking focus and downright confusing to audiences expecting family entertainment from production studio Nickelodeon and its popular starlet, Justice. Albert is certainly more entertaining than Wren, whose story arc is predictable to anyone who's ever seen a teen movie. With his chubby cheeks and devious grin, Albert is reminiscent of Ralphie from A Christmas Story and makes you root for him. Unfortunately, the movie itself isn't deserving of the same.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about what message it sends when a kid-oriented company puts out media that's meant for older audiences. Who do you think Fun Size is intended to appeal to? Does it succeed?

  • What life-changing lessons do the characters learn throughout the night? Is it believable that Wren would choose Roosevelt over Aaron? Can you think of a movie in which a "plain" but smart girl triumphs over the pretty but popular one?

  • How does the movie depict teen drinking? Are there realistic consequences?

Movie details

Theatrical release date:October 26, 2012
DVD release date:February 19, 2013
Cast:Jane Levy, Thomas Mann, Victoria Justice
Director:Josh Schwartz
Studio:Paramount Pictures
Topics:High school, Holidays
Run time:90 minutes
MPAA rating:PG-13
MPAA explanation:crude and suggestive material, partying, and language

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Adult Written bygoaliemon00mrtc January 23, 2014

NOT for Kids. Shame on Nick

Not at all what I was expecting from Nick. There was language, sex jokes, and even they showed a teen guy touching a teen girls breasts. I may be just a college guy, but Parents this is NOT FOR KIDS.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Teen, 15 years old Written byskeletonslife441 July 19, 2013

So, is Nickelodeon and Cartoon Network still kid friendly?

For both, I'm gonna have to say NO! This movie is horrible. Do you think anyone would see this? NO!
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Kid, 10 years old October 26, 2012

Good Movie, But Characters Are Bad Influences

This movie shows that kids need to obey what their parents tell them to do or they'll get in BIG TROUBLE. It shows that when you have an assigned job you by your parents you need to do it. In the movie, Wren (Victoria Justice) is assigned to go trick-or-treateing with her little brother Albert. In the movie Albert gets lost and Wren goes through alot of trouble to get him back. This movie wouldn't be a good influence to kids under 10. In real life Victoria Justice is a great role model, but in the movie she dis-obey's her parents. This movie could be intence for people under 10.
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