How To Eat Fried Worms

by Jen on August 30, 2006

-Directed by: Bob Dolman

Starring:
-Luke Benward, Adam Hicks, Hallie Kate Eisenberg

Before we get into this too far, I should warn those of you with a weak stomach not to go see this movie. I normally can tolerate a lot during the course of a film, but this even grossed me out a little. However, it makes sense considering the topic. Worms. Worms, worms and more worms.
Ok, for those of you who didn’t immediately turn green, we’ll continue.

Based on the classic, and really entertaining, book by Thomas Rockwell, this was a movie destined to be made. I mean, how can you let a title like this one pass by without snatching up the movie rights and grossing the living daylights out of parents everywhere? I have to think the nice folks at New Line got a good chuckle. To their credit though, they didn’t hold back in any part of the making of this film and you wind up with a movie that’s awfully good.

The story is based around Billy, a kid whose family just moved to town and who is more than a little nervous about starting at a new school. It turns out that he has a good reason to be. The class is the victim of Joe, a bully with more attitude than a Sherman Tank. After Joe stuff Billy’s thermos full of worms, the challenge is made and the creativity ensues. You feel a lot of heart through this movie, and it’s done just tastefully enough that you don’t feel like you need to go to the dentist. You see kids standing up to what scares them, and adults doing the same. An important message no matter how old you are.

The film has a realness to it that I liked. While you watched a lot of food get made with worms as a primary ingredient, you also saw the kids get creative to solve a problem. The filmmakers were careful though not to turn this into a Harry Potter-esque adventure. These were real kids and they dealt with things in real ways.

The star of the show is Luke Benward as Billy. He’s a cute kid, with a tremendous screen presence and makes a likable hero for this film. You want him to succeed, and at the same time do the right thing. He might remind you of a friend, or your little brother. Though, if anyone offers you a smoothie that smells weird? Turn it down. You’ll be better for it.

How To Eat Fried Worms is in theaters now.
Picture courtesy Yahoo! Movies.

-Jenn Untch
Liberty, Missouri
indigojenn at earthlink dot net
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