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Friday, October 26, 2012

The Hack Stamp: FUN SIZE

Posted By on October 26, 2012, 10:03 AM

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The teen comedy Fun Size, rolling into theaters this weekend, has the critics taking sugary bites of obvious metaphors for Halloween candy. ---

Who could possibly have thought to use the title Fun Size, after all, as a way to describe whether a film is satisfying, or sweet, or tasteful, or anything else candy-related? A whole lot of writers who couldn't be bothered to come up with anything less obvious, as it turns out.

Fun Size isn't fun in this size, or in any size.” – Gary Wolcott, Tri-City Herald

“Like the candy, Fun Size is short and occasionally sweet, but not all that fun.” – Dan Lybarger, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

“… lives up to the candy correlation of its title. It’s pleasurable enough in the moment, but the buzz fades quickly.” – Mark Olsen, Los Angeles Times

“Just like a Halloween miniatures assortment, something for everyone—or no one, as the case may be.” – Tom Russo, Boston Globe

“In the hierarchy of trick-or-treat candy—with Snickers being at the top and Mary Janes at the bottom—Fun Size is a pack of candy cigarettes: mostly tasteless and completely inappropriate for kids.” – Cathy Jakicic, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

“Like a ‘fun size’ chocolate bar, it’s just empty calories. It's a momentary pleasure, instantly forgotten.” – David Martindale, Dallas Morning News

“Befitting the title, there’s little nutritional value, but there’s a bit of sweetness inside the throwaway wrapper.” – Joe Williams, St. Louis Post-Dispatch

“Imagine eating as many fun-size candy bars as the price of a movie ticket would buy. Imagine how you would feel—and it would still be better than sitting through this movie.” – Marshall Fine, Hollywood & Fine

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