The Adventures of Food Boy

Movie review by
Nancy Davis Kho, Common Sense Media
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Light tween adventure with some gross-out moments.
  • PG
  • 2008
  • 90 minutes
Popular with kids

Parents say

age 13+
Based on 4 reviews

Kids say

age 9+
Based on 11 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

A student tries to win popularity through stunts like chugging a gallon of milk and doing wild magic tricks. A female student is talked out of running for class president so that two boys can compete, and doesn't seem to see this as a letdown. An unsupervised (though apparently dry) teen party is shown. The main character learns hard lessons about embracing the gift that makes him unique.

Violence

Mild bullying and intimidation; repeated food fights, including one battle royal.

Sex

Teen flirting and one kiss.

Language
Consumerism

The cast is studded with Disney Channel stars.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this movie is not for those with weak stomachs -- it has lots of theatrical (though mercifully camouflaged) vomiting and dares to eat disgusting food combinations. Male characters anchor the action while two appealing girl actors are reduced to decorative sidekicks. A grandma, dad, and son make up the main family unit, and a multicultural group of friends sticks together.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byMovieLover4Lyfe September 14, 2010
A cute disney movie....nothing extra special though. Age appropriate for tweens.
Adult Written byHannah M. April 7, 2018

If I could give it 11 stars, I would!

A heartwarming coming of age tale that appropriately discusses the trials and tribulations that all teenage food out of hand shooters encounters. All children w... Continue reading
Kid, 10 years old January 28, 2011
Like I think with many movies it can be good but the actual story is rubbish! This story is a great example for that!
Kid, 10 years old May 20, 2013

The Adventures of Food Boy

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What's the story?

Featuring a cast plucked en masse from various Disney Channel properties, THE ADVENTURES OF FOOD BOY plays to its built-in following. Ezra (Lucas Grabeel) is a geek who sees running for junior class president both as a route to popularity and as an accomplishment that will get him into an Ivy League college. His plans are thrown for a loop when he learns he's inherited the family superpower: the ability to make food appear in his hands. His newfound gift threatens to derail his life plan, and Ezra must make a choice about whether to embrace his unique ability or lose it forever.

Is it any good?

The premise of the movie is top-notch. So many students feel alienated from their peers at some point during their high school experience that food-spewing hands don't seem a far-fetched embodiment of that emotion. And many high schoolers can relate to an older relative telling them to embrace their uniqueness, without acknowledging that what makes them unique may also make them unpopular. Ezra's struggles to control and appreciate his gift, to negotiate the social aspects of high school, and to cope with college admissions pressure are all meaningful.

Where the movie falls short is in ambition. If someone has the ability to create food at will in a world where there is hunger (as shown when Ezra is forced to work in a soup kitchen), should his highest goal be to entertain friends and classmates with wacky food tricks and food fights? It's disappointing that the movie steers clear of any discussion of the real promise of his gift, aside from a quick history lesson on his ancestors. Perhaps the blame should fall on his similarly talented grandmother, whose only goal is to write a cookbook.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the pressure Ezra feels to do things in order to pad his college resume, rather than because he wants to. How important do you think it is to get into the "right" college? Ezra's "super" skills are decidedly practical when compared to flying or disappearing -- what other kind of useful superheroes can you imagine?

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