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How to Eat Fried Worms (New Line Platinum Series) (2006)

Tom Cavanagh , Kimberly Williams-Paisley , Bob Dolman  |  PG |  DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (98 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Tom Cavanagh, Kimberly Williams-Paisley, Luke Benward, Hallie Kate Eisenberg, James Rebhorn
  • Directors: Bob Dolman
  • Format: Full Screen, Color, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 4.0), English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: New Line Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: December 5, 2006
  • Run Time: 98 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (98 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000J10FLY
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,231 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "How to Eat Fried Worms (New Line Platinum Series)" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Commentary by director Bob Dolman and the kids from the film
  • "Movie-Making Made Fun" featurette
  • "Worm Cuisine" featurette
  • Blooper Reel
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Music Video

Editorial Reviews

Author Thomas Rockwell's hugely popular book, "How to Eat Fried Worms", is now brought to the big screen! On his first day at a new school, eleven-year-old Billy goes up against the school bully in a challenge that ends up with a total gross-out eat 10 worms in one day! As the pressure mounts, Billy must summon all his strength to meet the dare, all the while keeping his weak stomach from betraying him and his big mouth from getting him in even more trouble!

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Better than I expected, not as good as I hoped. October 16, 2006
How to Eat Fried Worms (Bob Dolman, 2006)

Here's your daily "what were they thinking?" factoid: How to Eat Fried Worms is banned in Malaysia. Yes, I'm serious.

In a case of true chip-off-the-old-block-dom, my daughter has started writing movie reviews for her middle school paper, so it's up to me to start taking her to all the movies her mother and stepmother have no desire (and rightly, so, many times) to see. At the top of the list was How to Eat Fried Worms. Now, Thomas Rockwell was one of my favorite authors in middle school, both for this wonderful novel and for his much more obscure (and now long out of print) and even more brilliant The Portmanteau Book. Given that, and the decidedly lukewarm reviews to be had, I went into this fearing the worst. And I must say, I didn't get it. I grant you, this movie could have been miles better, especially had it been more faithful to the book. But, you know, for a dumbed-down brought-up-to-date movie based on a kids' book, it's not half bad.

Billy (Because of Winn-Dixie's Luke Benward) is the new kid at school, and as such is immediately picked on by the local team of bullies, headed up by Joe (The Shaggy Dog's Adam Hicks). Really, all you need to know is that the two of them end up making a bet that Billy can't eat ten worms in the space of a day. There's also a kinda-sorta romantic subplot between Billy and Erika (Hallie Kate Eisenberg, the Pepsi girl), who gets roped into watching Billy's little brother during the contest, but it gets relegated to the back burner pretty quick.

I think a lot of the negative reaction to the movie is coming simply because it's an adaptation of a classic kids' book, and not a really great one.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cooking With Dirt: Tasty! November 23, 2006
Screenwriter-director Bob Dolman lets his cast be themselves, and that's what makes How to Eat Fried Worms delicious fun for adults and children. Authentic and energetic performances from the pre-teen stars make for captivating watching, as new kid Billy (Benward) gets wrangled into a bet to eat 10 worms in a day by local bully Joe (Hicks). What he doesn't know is Joe's gang is concocting horrible ways to cook those worms. Liver juice and blended broccoli top the ingredients.

Mixed in with this groovy gag-worthy plot hook are great strands of parents trying to help kids adjust to new situations, girls trying to be friends with gross boys, siblings learning to like each other, and the redemption of bullies who really aren't that bad. Benward does a great job of conveying the terror of a new school and trying to find new friends, while such enemies-turned-friend as the spastic Twitch, the dancing Adam Simms and the theatrical chef Benjy will have all ages in stiches. Helping these on-screen bursts of energy is a wacky score by Devo leader Mark Mothersbaugh.

Kids' movies that don't dumb down the pain of loneliness, bullying and growing up always deserve praise, and Dolman's concocted a winner out of the cute 1953 source material.

DVD Extras: The extras are all kid-friendly and get my adult-approved stamp. A chef shows how he cooks up "worms" for consumption by Benward (cheesecake taste helps). A blooper reel, deleted scenes and a promotional making-of featurette are cute and fast-paced. New Line's DVD-ROM-accessible DVD player lets curious fans search for moments of worm cooking and consumption as well as words in the script and then jump right to those moments in the film.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Fun Film from Walden Media. 76 out of 100. August 27, 2006
How To Eat Fried Worms is another enjoyable, fun and simple tale from Walden Media. The story centers around a classroom bully, and how a new kid at school deals with his antics.

The acting and cast are wonderful, and filled with many unique characters. Just looking at many of the kids will have you smiling or laughing.

While the movie centers around a disgusting topic (eating worms), it is at heart a story not about a worm eating contest, but about how children come together and do the right thing in the face of a repressive bully.

Children will love this film, as it allows them to process the handling of difficult school mates in a healthy and fun way. Push past the "ick" factor and take your family to see this film. It will leave you laughing, thinking and feeling good that you have seen it.

One final note: some reviews will put down How To Eat Fried Worms because it involves a disgusting subject. Anyone who has had children knows how they love to talk about icky things and body functions. My nephew and daughter both loved the film because it allowed kids to be kids, and see things that kids love to see and talk about. All this and a wonderful story as well.

Another gem from Walden.

Total Score (out of 100) = 76

35 (out of 50). Enjoyment. A rating based on my overall enjoyment of the film.
9 (out of 10). Acting. How good was the acting?
9 (out of 10). Immersion. Did the movie suck me into the story?
10 (out of 10). Intangibles. Special effects. Movie pace. Is the movie forgettable, or something you will talk about and remember for weeks? Years?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Two thumbs up!
Published 2 days ago by Michelle
2.0 out of 5 stars The book is a classic, the movie is nothing like it
This movie was so disappointing. We had just read the book as a family and enjoyed it so much. Then we watch the movie only to discover that the only similarity between the book... Read more
Published 9 days ago by jewel
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
My seven year old daughter loved the movie; she watched it several times. Considering purchasing it.
Published 19 days ago by Cristy Guyan
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
The movie was great, but it doesn't follow the book at all.
Published 1 month ago by Teresa A. Rowland
5.0 out of 5 stars Great!
Great for after reading the book. Students were able to compare the book to the movie. They really enjoyed both. Great for fourth grade.
Published 2 months ago by Heather Bitto
4.0 out of 5 stars Cute kids movie
Very cute movie where kids learn about bullys and following through with what they promise. My kids enjoyed it as did I.
Published 3 months ago by Carolyn K.
5.0 out of 5 stars My girls love it
We watched this at my 11 year old daughters sleepover and it was a hit! Great for boys and girls.
Published 3 months ago by Carie Currier
3.0 out of 5 stars Showed to group of students
Good movie overall. Good to compare and contrast with the book. Students who read the book should enjoy seeing the movie.
Published 3 months ago by Snewt
4.0 out of 5 stars very funny
My grandchildren like it very much . Thank you. They where quiet and peaceful throughout the movie,very very very funny.
Published 3 months ago by willow tree
5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious!
My kids love the humor and the example of standing up to bullies that the group displays. We refer to it a lot when talking about not allowing other kids to be bullied.
Published 4 months ago by JB9892
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