With kid friendly studios like Nickelodeon people usually know to expect kid friendly programs. With their latest Fun Size, they take one of their kid friendly stars in Victoria Justice and deliver a PG-13 film geared towards the older young audience. Can Nickelodeon deliver something outside the norm or will it be just more of the same stuff with little new to offer?
Fun Size follows a young girl who is forced to babysit her little brother on Halloween. While out she loses him in a sea of trick-or-treaters and now must race against time to find him with the help of her best friend and two nerds before her mom finds out he’s missing. Being a Nickelodeon movie you will most likely go into this expecting little more than just another kids movie, but this is far cry from Victoria Justice’s show Victorious and instead a young adult comedy that works pretty well. Think of films like the Hangover or Superbad and tone them down a bit to a PG-13 level with a bit of Nickelodeon flare and you have Fun Size. There are some really funny moment’s thanks mostly to a little boy played by Jackson Nicoll who pretty much steals the movie. Victoria Justice actually does a good job here and is one that probably won’t have much trouble transitioning into more grown up roles when she decides too. The other treat was Chelsea Handler who played a bit out of character from her normal dry dark humor, but did a decent job.
Make no mistake this isn’t an adult film by any means, but thanks to a great soundtrack, fun story and pushing some boundaries here and there it steps out of being just for the kids. Note that while this is a Nickelodeon film, this is not for the younger viewers so be warned before watching it.