Fun Size may be the only production from kid-centric studio Nickelodeon to also feature underage drinking (complete with red solo cups) and boob groping. The murky demographic for the movie ends up hurting the well-intentioned Halloween flick — it's not quite suitable for the young ones nor is it funny or wild enough for the Gossip Girl crowd which director Josh Schwartz (creator of the show) knows well. Instead we get a floundering trick or treat adventure that reduces the colorful twisted holiday to a meandering situational comedy.
Nick TV grad Victoria Justice (Victorious) stars as Wren a high school "geek" who finds herself unable to bag the guy of her dreams (who adores her) but finds a glimmer of hope in the big cool kids' Halloween party. Ready for a night out with her best friend April (Jane Levy) Wren thinks life is finally going her way until her Mom (Chelsea Handler) sticks her with her troublemaking little brother Albert (Jackson Nicoll) for the night. If chaperoning Albert wasn't already the worst thing in the world Wren finds herself in an even bigger dilemma when her brother wanders off into his own night of mischievous debauchery.
The "one crazy night" formula fits perfectly with Halloween but Fun Size struggles to find interesting material for its eclectic ensemble. Unlike many of the young actresses who have previously collaborated with Schwartz Justice seems unable to crack his voice and comedic style. She's too hip to too aware to play someone struggling with high school. The material doesn't serve her or Levy either; off-color jokes and a bizarre sense of entitlement turn them into two people you don't want to see succeed. Luckily for the audience during their sweeping search for Albert Wren and April cross paths with two true nerd-looking boys: Roosevelt (Thomas Mann) and Peng (Osric Chau) who along with feeling like real teenagers actually land a joke or two.
Interwoven into this speedy adventure — Fun Size clocks in at a little over 75 minutes giving little time to flesh out our teenage heroes — is Albert's encounter with a convenience store clerk named Fuzzy. The adults of Fun Size see the ten-year-old Albert as a parter-in-crime rather than a lost little boy. Fuzzy recruits him for a raid on his ex-girlfriend's house; after running away he meets a lady who brings him to a nightclub. At one point a sleazebag kidnaps Albert and locks him in his bedroom. If Fun Size were madcap it may all make sense. Instead things just happen — and it's not hilarious scary or even deranged.
Nick's '90s sitcom Pete & Pete created an amazing sense of weirdness and heart in its exploits of two teenage brothers. Anyone could watch and enjoy it. Fun Size has a beautiful look (the colors of Halloween are mesmerizing) and Schwartz as always has impeccable soundtrack tastes but when it comes to telling a story that feels both relatable and wonderfully weird — what Pete & Pete did so well — the movie falls flat. It's stereotype humor (the movie packs many a fat and gay joke) doesn't cut it — when paired to Nick's best efforts the movie lives up to the title: a bite-size portion of a bigger better cinematic sweet.
The Snow White tale was screened in Los Angeles for the first time and castmembers including Lily Collins and Julia Roberts were there to walk the red carpet.
However, The Social Network star, who plays Prince Charming in the movie, was absent from the line-up and it subsequently emerged the actor had missed his flight to Los Angeles. He jetted into the city later in the evening in time to attend the afterparty at the Roosevelt Hotel.
The bash also marked Collins' 23rd birthday and she was presented with a large cake in the shape of an apple emblazoned with the words 'Happy birthday Lily'.
The actress celebrates her birthday on Sunday (18Mar12). Other attendees at the bash included Collins' parents, rocker Phil Collins and his ex-wife Jill Tavelman, as well as Victoria Beckham and actress Molly Ringwald.
Not since Eleanor Roosevelt has a First Lady displayed such dedication to this country. Of course, Michelle Obama’s dedication manifests slightly differently…last night, the First Lady made a surprise appearance on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon to live up to her pledge to “make a fool out of herself” to get her message about the importance of exercise across. Jimmy paid a visit to the White House to challenge Mrs. Obama to a series of physical competitions. Not only did the first lady dominate Jimmy in the athletics department, she also proved more than adept at smack talk.
So, apparently, David Letterman is wildly in love with Denzel Washington. This is what we learned last night on The Late Show, when the host professed his attraction to the star…which made Denzel visibly uncomfortable. Even when the subject was changed to Clint Eastwood’s controversial Super Bowl commercial, it all came back to the elephant in the room of the palpable love brewing between Letterman and Denzel.
We all hear stories about actors developing great relationships while working on movies together, and casts becoming lifelong groups of friends. Well, apparently, Antonio Banderas had a different experience on Puss in Boots, because last night on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, he admitted that he spent so much time with costar Salma Hayek that the two wanted to kill each other. While touring to promote the film, Banderas and Hayek had to recite the same schlocky answers to the same questions over and over so many times that they drove one another crazy…but it’s okay. They’re fine now.
Chelsea Handler and Jay Leno must be either really close friends or mortal enemies. If the latter, then last night’s interview on The Tonight Show was particularly tense. Chelsea took issue with Jay’s constant mockery of her, lashing out at him with a few choice words. But Jay persisted: the jokes can’t stop.
The Annie Hall star was onstage for the matinee showing of The Royal Family when he began speaking incoherently, sparking fears he had suffered a stroke.
Audience members only realised something was wrong when co-star John Glover walked offstage and asked for the curtain to be brought down, according to a report in the New York Post.
Theatregoer Roger Lorente tells the publication, "He looked fine and moved around fine, but he was speaking nothing but gibberish for about a minute. It was very strange. The curtain came down and the lights went up, and the usher asked if there were any doctors in the house."
Roberts was taken to New York's St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Center, where he is currently recovering in a stable condition.
And the star's cousin insists he has regained control of his speech, confirming: "He's doing well. He's talking. I think he's going to be fine."
The Annie Hall star was performing onstage in the matinee showing of The Royal Family when he began feeling unwell.
The play was halted and Roberts was taken to St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Center in the Big Apple.
The 69 year old is in a stable condition, according to a hospital spokesperson.
No further information was available as WENN went to press.