You don’t see too many smash hit, teen comedies these days. Aside from Mean Girls, it’s tough aiming for a younger audience while riding on the fence between teen and adult comedy. It has to be relevant enough for the younger audience, but raunchy and funny enough to keep the attention of older audiences. (John Hughes was able to maintain this balance perfectly.) After watching the trailer for Fun Size, I believe we may have something here that will delight most audiences.
Near the beginning of the trailer, big orange letters in the form of “Nickelodeon” appear. Besides Avatar: The Last Airbender, these days, one would think of Sponge Bob Square Pants or Dora The Explorer when hearing the words “Nickelodeon.” Back in the ’90s, Nickelodeon was very adult and ahead of its time. (Thanks mom for letting me watch such ludicrous programming at a young age.) Ranging from shows such as Are You Afraid of the Dark, Rugrats, Ren and Stimpy, Rocko’s Modern Life, Doug, and All That, Nickelodeon had quite the diverse roster that balanced a demographic between the ages of elementary school to middle school. Strangely enough, all of these shows are easily enjoyable for a more adult audience too!
Directed by Josh Schwartz (creator of The O.C., Chuck, and Gossip Girl), I am putting a lot of hope in this film. Some movies have a hard time managing stories that are constricted to “one crazy night,” but after the credits are through we’ll be able to tell for ourselves. Fun Size is like Mean Girls meets Hocus Pocus meets Adventures in Babysitting. Like I said, it feels like it has a lot of adult themes and comedy, yet you can tell the demographic it’s aiming for is for tweens and young adults. Check out the trailer below:
Wren’s plan to attend a huge Halloween party thrown by the guy she likes goes awry when she’s put in charge of her oddball little brother, who quickly wanders off on his own.
Starring Victoria Justice, Jane Levy (no relation to Eugene “Hey Look at my Eyebrows” Levy), Chelsea Handler, Thomas Mann (Project X) and Johnny Knoxville, Fun Size looks to be a lot more than what the title of the film suggests.
Fun Size unleashes into theaters this October, 26!