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Nick Nicholson
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How to Eat Fried Worms  

How to Eat Fried Worms tells the story of Billy (Luke Benward), an eleven year old who inadvertently challenges the town bully, Joe Guire (Adam Hicks), on his first day at a new school. To save face and earn the respect of his new classmates, Billy agrees to a bet that will determine his fate at the school - whether or not he can eat ten worms in one day. As the pressure mounts, he must summon heroic strength to keep his five year old borther from blabbing, his weak stomach from betraying him, and his big mouth from getting him into more trouble than he is already in.

Mitch Forrester (Tom Cavanagh) and his wife Helen (Kimberly Williams-Paisley) have packed their boys into the family station wagon and are heading to a new town with a new job for Mitch and a new elementary school for Billy. It seems to Billy that everyone has adapted quickly to their new surrounds. Little does he know...

Billy’s fears are realized in his first moments at the new school when the old adage ‘everybody picks on the new kid’ appears to be true. Everybody except the tall, lanky girl named Erika (Hallie Kate Elsenberg) whose kindness simultaneously inspires gratefulness and humiliation in Billy. When the school bully and his band of 5th grade followers put worms in Billy’s lunch, Billy surprised them all when he stands up to and embarrasses Joe. This leads to the worm feast bet.

Joe’s gang makes each worm more delightfully revolting than the last, beginning with La Big Porker, which is fried in pig fat. This odyssey through worm cuisine takes the boys all over town as they try to force Billy to throw up by dubbing each specimen increasingly disgusting names, the like of which I will spare you. At the end of this Rachel Ray road to perfection, the kids all learn the true meaning of friendship and bravery, as well as the difficulties and importance of doing the right thing. This is disgustingly delightful film for the entire family. Just be sure to not eat before seeing it!

How to Eat Fried Worms

Starring: Luke Benward & Adam Hicks

Director: Bob Dolman

Company: New Line

Now Showing: In area Theatres

MPAA Rating - PG

Grade: B+

DVD Picks


Bob Newhart is back as successful Chicago psychologist Dr. Robert Hartley in the third season of this hilarious ‘70s sitcom. This show will bring back memories of the seventies for those old enough. What a great comedy this was. Played by an excellent ensemble, The Bob Newhart Show was a real delight to watch. Now you can see season four in all its DVD glory. This 3-disc set contains 24 episodes from the 1975-76 season. The picture looks great and has vibrant colors. The DD 1.0 mono sound is fitting for this dated show. All in all, this is a nice set for your collection.

THE SIMPSONS: Season Eight - Fox

The Simpsons are back for their eighth season of being America’s most politically INcorrect family. Homer is still working in a nuclear power plant and his wife Marge is well, ah, Marge. Bart, Lisa, and Maggie are back as the kids that every parent wants to have. Yeah, enjoy the show. There are 25 episodes on 4 discs on this DVD set. It is loaded with extras and has a great picture with lots of vibrant colors. This one is a must for all you Simpsons fans out there.

RIPTIDE: Season One - Sony

Three Vietnam veterans (Nick Ryder, Cody Allen and Murray Bozinsky) now work as private eyes in sunny southern California. Nick and Cody are the muscles and Murray is a computer wizard of the trio and together they solve even the hardest cases. Stephan J. Cannell gave us some of the most memorable TV shows during the eighties including the A-Team, Knight Rider and Magnum P.I. Riptide was one of those that just slipped into the cracks and just came short of being good. By the time this show came out, there were too many cop/detective shows competing with one another to give this one a chance. The premise for Riptide followed the formula for all of the shows in its time with a lead detective and his two sidekicks going from one bumbling adventure to the next narrowly escaping death and solving the crime. Riptide even had a cool car, just like all the other shows. The chemistry of the cast was mediocre with Cody Allen and Nick Rider at the helm and Thom Bray portraying the “nerd-scientist” of the team. All of the stories had been told before and the action was all too predictable. The DVD contains all 13 episodes on three discs presented in Full Screen format and Dolby Digital sound. There are no extras offered in this set.

THE TICK: Season One - BVHE

After “crashing” the super hero convention in Reno, the nigh invulnerable blue-clad super hero, the Tick, is deemed the protector of “The City.” On his first patrol he runs (more like “falls”) into Arthur, an accountant in a moth costume. They soon strike up a partnership. When the villainous and muffled idea men threaten to flood The City, the Tick and Arthur come to the rescue. Along the way we meet Die Fledermaus, American Maid, and the Caped Chameleon. The Human Bullet cameos. (Provided by IMDB)

Who thinks up this stuff? As far as animated superhero shows go, this one hits way out in left field. Look out super-villains, here comes’ a big blue tick in tights with a moth for a sidekick. I mean what the hell? The humor is very dry and geared toward adults more than children. The stories are entertaining, but leave you bewildered on the creators’ mental state in producing this show. I found much of this show to be more annoying than funny, but found myself compelled to keep watching. If you enjoy quirky humor with a superhero twist, this is the show for you. The DVD presents 12 episodes on two discs and for some strange reason, episode eleven in not offered here. No extras are offered in this set.

Nick be reached at Nick@filmlords.com

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