Victoria Justice jumps from Nickelodeon to the big screen in this PG-13 romp that only rarely romps.
In Fun Size, the lovely 19-year-old plays Wren, a Cleveland high-school senior dreaming of the day she can slip off to New York and college, which is where her late father taught her that you find out who really are.
First, she has to talk mom (Chelsea Handler, given nothing funny to do) into letting her apply to NYU. Mom's distracted. Her grieving for her late husband has taken the form of dating/sleeping with a much younger, goofier, oddly named Keevin (Josh Pence).
And Mom is determined to hang out with Keevin's loser friends on Halloween, which ruins Wren's plans to hit the hot high-school party that night with her hot-to-trot pal April (Jane Levy, amusingly on the money). Wren has to babysit her 8-year-old brother, Albert (Jackson Nicoll), whose pranks are epic but who basically stopped talking when Dad died.
The romantic entanglement of the evening is Wren's desire to hook up with musician Aaron Riley (Thomas McDonell), the god, stud, legend throwing the party. Meanwhile, her nerdy true-blue pal Roosevelt (Thomas Mann) has little hope of making time with Wren, dressed as a tarty Dorothy from The Wizard of Oz, because he thinks a costume based on biologist E.O. Wilson is a pretty cool idea.
And nobody is making time with anybody thanks to Albert's getaway. The plump (Fun-size) kid is dressed as Spider-Man, with one arm a bloody stump. He escapes his sister's care and has adventures involving pranks and assorted run-ins with thugs, girls out clubbing and the like.
Even though we know where most of this is going, the middling script is sprinkled with surprises, some rude, others crude. Houses are egged, a Volvo is violated, and fart jokes abound.
Still, Justice does nothing here that would make her stand out from the current crop of pretty young things trying to jump from TV to the movies.
What: Fun Size
Starring: Victoria Justice, Jackson Nicoll, Jane Levy, Chelsea Handler, Thomas McDonell
Directed by: Josh Schwartz
Running time: 87 minutes
Rated: PG-13 for crude/suggestive material, partying and language