Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 16% (Critics) / 82% (Audience)
Directed By: Josh Schwartz
Written By: Max Werner
Starring: Victoria Justice, Johnny Knoxville, Chelsea Handler, Jackson Nicoll and Jane Levy
Studio: Paramount Pictures
Synopsis:Wren’s Halloween plans go awry when she’s made to babysit her brother, Albert, who disappears into a sea of trick-or-treaters. With her best friend and two nerds at her side, she needs to find her brother before her mom finds out he’s missing. (Source)
The kid who played Albert was the star of this film and if the movie had been entirely about his unsupervised puckish antics on Halloween night things would have been much better.
Alas Albert’s story was just one of many and the rest of them were gawd-awful. This movie wasted too much time on Chelsea Handler and her midlife crisis plot; the actress playing the female lead was about as charismatic as a piece of driftwood and everey beat of this film that focused on her felt like it was copped from the “Official Hollywood Teen Movie Trope” handbook.
For some reason audiences were supposed to buy that Jane Levy and Victoria Justice were unpopular social outcasts at their high school? At the very least they could have uglied the two girls up a bit or thrown some glasses on them since that seems to automatically equal ugly duckling in these teen flicks.
Final Verdict: The teen storyline was bland and by the numbers and Chelsea Handler is incapable of being entertaining but the time spent on little brother Albert was pretty good. Too bad the folks behind this movie didn’t just focus the entire thing on him.