Halloween usually brings horror movies, but the actual holiday experience for most people has more to do with costumes and candy than serial killers and demons. With that in mind, the new film "Fun Size" looks to play the part of the non-horror Halloween movie. Transiently entertaining, with intermittent sparks, it'll do until something better comes along.
The film marks the feature directing debut of Josh Schwartz, the force behind such of-their-moment teen TV as "The O.C." and "Gossip Girl." As any given episode of those shows could seem overstuffed with a season's worth of plot, it makes sense Schwartz's first film would be a youthful one-big-night adventure.
It's much less debauched than the recent "Project X," but the film's niceness might be its undoing — the storytelling lacks sharpness and focus, despite a screenplay credited to Max Werner, a writer on "The Colbert Report."
Set in Cleveland, the story follows high schooler Wren (Victoria Justice) as she nervously plans for college while still grappling with the emotional aftermath of her father's death. Her mother (Chelsea Handler) saddles Wren with looking after her oddball younger brother Albert (Jackson Nicoll) on Halloween night.