Parents' Guide to

How to Eat Fried Worms

By Jane Boursaw, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 9+

A gross-out movie with a sweet story.

Movie PG 2006 98 minutes
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 9+

Based on 7 parent reviews

age 9+

Positive messages

I'm so frustrated that the c.s.m. rating says there's no positive messages. There's a foe to friend situation, it promotes being honest with your parents, and being fair and honest in life. The two downsides I'd say are the continuous continuity errors and it doesn't pass the Bechtel test. There's 3 females. A mom, a teacher, and a side kick/baby sitter character.
age 11+

Serious Concerns, Somewhat Redeems Itself

There is so much wrong about this movie and how it portrays kids and school. In the first 20 minutes it is a negative and there is almost no admirable behavior. There is great concern your kids, or others, will act out like they may see in the film. However, the film does largely redeem itself and the age and maturity of your children will matter when you watch it. The movie does become fun. There are laughs. It becomes an adventure. At the end, all our kids gave it a thumbs up, but parents must give special attention to the bad behavior "is just a movie" and use it as a teaching lesson to demonize the unacceptable behavior and applaud the good stuff.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (7 ):
Kids say (23 ):

Despite the gross premise, this movie can teach kids a lot about how to deal with bullies and stand up for yourself. Also, the sweetness of the story and the friendships Billy develops are at the heart of this movie. And the kids seem like "real" kids! Not the Hollywood version we usually get in movies.

As with other books-to-movies produced by Walden Media –- Hoot, Holes, and The Chronicles of Narnia, to name a few –- this movie is well made, even if it strays a bit from the book's details.

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