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Early reviews for New Line's How to Eat Fried Worms have begun to appear online and, like expected, they claim the film is your standard family fair.
How to Eat Fried Worms Reviews
I don't know what audience New Line is hoping to catch with How to Eat Fried Worms but they have got to be hoping that there are more than just a few families out there looking for escape to a PG film. Since the book that the film is based upon came out in the early '70s, there may be the addition of a few adults anxious to see their childhood read on film.
Below are two early reviews for the film that neither praise nor bash it.
Not long ago, the titular dish in How to Eat Fried Worms would have elicited a repulsed grimace (or at least a raised eyebrow). But a generation inured to gross-out contests on "Survivor" and "Fear Factor" may find eating worms fairly tame stuff. Based on the popular 1973 book about a boy who finds his courage through a worm-eating challenge, this is a decidedly old-fashioned family film that may prove too quaint for modern auds. Unlikely to spawn a gustatory sensation, "Worms" should fare modestly in theaters, finding its real legs as a rental.
The movie doesn't pitch itself to any demographic beyond its target audience, which might be enough as families will turn out in sufficient numbers to ensure average or better business. Boys will be happy at the mild grossness; parents will tolerate anything that entertains their hyperkinetic boys; and sisters will agree with the film's lone girl, who murmurs on two occasions, "Boys are weird." They are.
The Mark Johnson production, shot in Austin, is smooth and watchable, but the film never reaches that comic or dramatic high point you yearn for in a classic children's film. Think of it more as a milder, more palatable version of "Fear Factor."
Check out the full reviews for How to Eat Fried Worms by clicking on the bold links above.
How to Eat Fried Worms opens to theatres on August 25th.