Friday, March 8, 2013

Easter Gift Ideas -- Fun Size, Starring Nick's Victoria Justice (Review)


"Nickelodeon Movies’ outrageously funny comedy FUN SIZE arrived on Blu-ray, DVD, Digital Download and On Demand February 19, 2013 from Paramount Home Media Distribution. Wildly popular teen sensation Victoria Justice (“Victorious”) stars as Wren, a whip smart high school student who is forced to track down her kid brother rather than go to THE party of the year. But Wren’s night turns into a wild ride filled with uproarious antics, eccentric characters and exciting adventure beyond what she ever could have expected. FUN SIZE features a riotous ensemble cast including Chelsea Handler (“Chelsea Lately”), Jane Levy (“Suburgatory”), Thomas Mann (Project X), Ana Gasteyer (“Saturday Night Live”) and Kerri Kenney (“Reno 911”)."


The FUN SIZE Blu-ray includes “Unwrapped: The Making of Fun Size”, a feature
on breakout star Jackson Nicoll who plays Wren’s brother, a gag reel, deleted scenes,
Carly Rae Jepsen’s “This Kiss” music video and a behind-the-scenes look at the making
of the video. The Blu-ray release available for purchase includes a digital copy and will
be enabled with UltraViolet, a new way to collect, access and enjoy movies. With
UltraViolet, consumers can add movies to their digital collection in the cloud, and then
stream or download them – reliably and securely – to a variety of devices.****

The disc includes the following:

• Feature film in high definition
• Unwrapped: The Making of Fun Size
• Jackson Nicoll—Trouble Sized!
• Gag Reel
• Deleted Scenes
• “This Kiss” Music Video by Carly Rae Jepsen
• Carly Rae Jepsen: Making of “This Kiss”


My Thoughts:

Does your tween/teen love Nick's Victoria Justice?  If so, then they have probably been asking you to pick up a copy of Fun Size, which is now available on DVD and Blu-Ray.  Even though my daughters are too young to see this film, they are already fans of Victoria Justice, thanks to their nieces.  And, like any cool aunt, I wanted to surprise them with this DVD to watch when they came over recently.  I had first asked my sister-in-law if they had seen Fun Size, or if she heard about it.  She said they hadn't seen it, but that the girls kept talking about it.  So, upon receiving a review copy, I ended up watching it first, as I do with all screener copies sent to me.  I wanted to make sure the content was age appropriate and wouldn't be something I would be embarrassed to sit down and watch with my 10 and 14 year old nieces.

Knowing little about Victoria Justice, besides that she is a huge Nick star and singer, I wasn't sure what to expect when sitting down to watch Fun Size for the first time.  I am so glad that I screened this film before letting my 10 year old niece see it, because it was definitely not intended for her age group. Instead, Fun Size should only be watched by teens, as it contains some inappropriate humor and innuendos, that I am surprised are lined with Nickelodeon.  I don't see this movie ever airing on this network, as it wouldn't meet the PG-13 ratings.  As I sat and watched this movie, I found myself comparing it to Superbad, another teen comedy -- which was enjoyed more by college age viewers and young adults, than the teen targeted audience.

After I looked past the swearing, underage drinking mild violence and teen hookups, I discussed this movie in great length with my sister-in-law, to hear her thoughts on her teen daughter watching it.  We both agreed that we can't shield our children from the peer pressures they will experience, and that there are far worse films out there that they have already seen.  And, compared to other raunchy comedies, this was more subdued.  In the end, we agreed to let my 14 yr. old niece watch this movie with me when she came to visit last weekend, after all the other children were in bed.  She liked being able to sit up with me and watch a movie without the other kids around.  And, when the movie was over, I was surprised to hear her say, "Ahh, it was alright...I don't know why my friends were raving about this movie."  Yes, we both laughed throughout the film, but in the end, I don't think Fun Size lived up to all the hype that teens and fans of Victoria Justice were talking about.  My niece is happy that she got to see it, but I don't think she will watch it again.

Have you teens saw this movie?  If so, what did they think about it?  It was a great tool to use to open up the lines of communication with my niece and let her know that she could talk to me about anything, including peer pressure, boys, etc.  So, I guess something good came from watching this movie twice. :-)

About Paramount Home Media Distribution

Paramount Home Media Distribution (PHMD) is part of Paramount Pictures
Corporation (PPC), a global producer and distributor of filmed entertainment.
PPC is a unit of Viacom (NASDAQ: VIAB, VIA), a leading content company with
prominent and respected film, television and digital entertainment brands. The
PHMD division oversees PPC’s home entertainment, digital and television
distribution activities worldwide. The division is responsible for the sales,
marketing and distribution of home entertainment content on behalf of
Paramount Pictures, Paramount Animation, Paramount Vantage, Paramount
Classics, Insurge Pictures, MTV, Nickelodeon, Comedy Central and CBS and for
providing home entertainment fulfillment services for DreamWorks Animation
Home Entertainment. PHMD additionally manages global licensing of studio
content and distribution across worldwide digital and television distribution
platforms including online, mobile and portable devices and emerging

Disclosure: I was sent a copy of this DVD from the vendor in order to write up an honest review.  The views above are mine and mine alone. 

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