How to Eat Fried Worms revisited on DVD

March 21, 2011 at 1:32 pm Leave a comment

How to Eat Fried Worms from New Line Cinema; starring Luke Benward, Hallie Kate Eisenberg and Adam Hicks; 2006.

Queasy Billy Forrester has left his old friends behind as his families moves to a new town.  Making new friends is not easy; finding worms in his lunch thermos sends Billy home seeking advice from his family.  His father is struggling to fit in at work and uses his own examples to try to help Billy fit in.  Mom and preschool aged brother Woody seem to adapt to their new surroundings very well.  None of these things help.  So Billy finds himself in the middle of a bet in an attempt to thwart Joe, the school bully.  Will Billy eat 10 worms in a day and somehow use that to win friends and influence people?

Calling this a movie based on a book is stretching it.  Other than Billy and having to eat worms, Thomas Rockwell’s 1973 story is not represented here.  Don’t get me wrong; in this case, it’s not a bad thing.  The typical gross children’s tale by Rockwell is updated and includes very heavy-handed bullying themes (again, not a bad thing).  We discover that the bully, Joe, is bullied by his own brother who calls him “Joke.”  All the kids at school have somewhat  derogatory  nicknames doled out by Joe.  Even Billy’s dad is the target of a bully at work.  And of course, Billy is bullied verbally and by exclusion.  There is a lot to generate family discussions about different types of bullying in this movie.

Messages aside, this was one grossly entertaining film.  I watched it with a multi-generational crowd at home and not one of us could keep from laughing at various points.  Like the book, the humor is on the blatantly disgusting end.  Yes, this is one film aimed directly at the heart of kids, particularly boys; so if you are feint of heart when it comes to gross-outs, skip this movie.  If you like physical, gross-out humor, dig into Fried Worms.

As a librarian, I think I’d use this in a summer reading program tie in.  Maybe as part of a “Sick Saturday” program with grossology type activities and samples of foods kids might think are “sick” to eat.  Dare ya to try it!



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