Release Date: August 25th, 2006 by New Line Cinema.
The Cast: Luke Benward, Hallie Kate Eisenberg, Adam Hicks, Austin Rogers, Alexander Gould, Ryan Malgarini, Philip Daniel Bolden, Clint Howard, Ty Panitz, James Rebhorn, Kimberly Williams-Paisley, Tom Cavanagh.
Directed by Bob Dolman.
BASIC PREMISE: Billy (Benward), a fifth grader, accepts a dare to eat ten worms in one day.
ENTERTAINMENT VALUE: Joe (Hicks), a bully, gives Billy a simple dare: he must eat ten worms in one day and, whoever loses the dare, must come to school with worms in his pants. Don’t these kids have anything better to do with their time? They’re basically just having goofy fun to escape boredom. Almost every scene is just another excuse for them to experiment with worm-eating—inside omelets, drinks, and deep-fried in a batter. Hallie Kate Eisenberg plays Billy’s new buddy who roots for him. Andrea Martin has a brief cameo as a science teacher as well as Ryan Malgarini, the little brother from Freaky Friday, who plays one of the bullies. Scenes with the principal (Rebhorn) and Billy’s parents seem a bit contrived and too brief. Writer/director Bob Dolman maintains a fast pace with consistent juvenile and gross-out humor. Much of it falls flat after a while. How to Eat Fried Worms will ultimately please its target audience who love the children’s book of the same name. Everyone else will be mildly entertained if they can get past watching young kids devour worms of many different colors and flavors. Otherwise, it's quite vomit-inducing. Just be sure not to eat before or after the movie or else you’ll lose your appetite in more ways than one and never look at lo mein the same again. At least you’ll be happy to know that no worms were harmed during the filming.
SPIRITUAL VALUE: None is required or desired.
INSULT TO YOUR INTELLIGENCE: None, as long as you suspend your disbelief.
NUMBER OF TIMES I CHECKED MY WATCH: 5
IN A NUTSHELL: Mildly entertaining, goofy, but often disgusting and unfunny.
RECOMMENDED WAY TO WATCH: VHS/DVD
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