The Adventures of Food Boy

  • Review Date: November 6, 2008
  • Rated: PG
  • Genre: Fantasy
  • Release Year: 2008
  • Running Time: 90 minutes

Common Sense Media says

Light tween adventure with some gross-out moments.
  • Review Date: November 6, 2008
  • Rated: PG
  • Genre: Fantasy
  • Release Year: 2008
  • Running Time: 90 minutes

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What parents need to know

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
Not applicable
Consumerism

The cast is studded with Disney Channel stars.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

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.

Parents say

Kids say

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?

QUALITY
 

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.

Families can talk 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?

Movie details

Theatrical release date:April 26, 2008
DVD release date:October 7, 2008
Cast:Brittany Curran, Jeff Braine, Lucas Grabeel
Director:Dane Cannon
Studio:GAIAM
Genre:Fantasy
Topics:Magic and fantasy, High school
Run time:90 minutes
MPAA rating:PG
MPAA explanation:for some mild rude humor.

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Adult Written byMovieLover4Lyfe September 14, 2010
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12
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A cute disney movie....nothing extra special though. Age appropriate for tweens.
Kid, 10 years old January 28, 2011
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8
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Like I think with many movies it can be good but the actual story is rubbish! This story is a great example for that!
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Great messages
Kid, 10 years old May 20, 2013
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The Adventures of Food Boy

It's good enough for you. It's good enough for me. It's good enough. It's good enough for me. Aai yai yai yai yeah! (This comment is supposed to be the lyrics for the chorus of The Goonies R Good Enough). I have no clue how Common Sense Media thinks it's okay for kids ages 10 and up. I think it's good for kids ages 7 and up because if it was a TV show, a 7 year old would be smart enough not to attempt shooting food out of your hands or starting a major food fight. That is a reasonable review. Peace out from the 10 year old reviewer.... Yo miles. By the way Miles is my name and it's supposed to be capitalized like this. Yo Miles. But it's not. Bye.
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