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Movie Review

Tween Halloween comedy ‘Fun Size’ offers few treats

So you’ve got tween sitcom princess Victoria Justice in your movie. You’ve got trailers that give off an “Adventures in Babysitting” vibe, complete with (OMG, so annoying!) an Underoos-clad kid as Justice’s Halloween mischief-making little brother. You air those trailers on synergistically connected Nickelodeon, sandwiched between promos for Justice’s “Victorious” and commercials for the Dora & Me Dollhouse. You cutely title the whole enterprise “Fun Size.” And then? Well, naturally, you drop a fried chicken joint’s giant mascot statue on top of your characters’ teenmobile, and let the big bird start humping away.

While its story line is straightforward enough, this PG-13 debut feature from “Gossip Girl” co-creator Josh Schwartz is all over the map in the details it throws at us, and the level of immaturity it aims for. Justice plays Wren, a dorky but clearly fabulous high school senior who gets a very pointed Halloween party invite from the class hunk, only to learn that she’s got to take her odd-duck brother, Albert (Jackson Nicoll), trick-or-treating. Seems that Mom (Chelsea Handler, go figure) has gone a little wacky since Dad died — back story that’s alternately semi-poignant and ignored — and plans on partying with her studmuffin boyfriend. Wren does what she must, but when she gets separated from Albert after just a few stops, her night really gets a shakeup.

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