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How to Eat Fried Worms
- Luke Benward

Overview - Thomas Rockwell's classic children's novel is adapted to the big screen in this delightful, touching adventure. Billy (charming newcomer Luke Benward, BECAUSE OF WINN-DIXIE) has just moved with his parents and little brother, Woody (Ty Panitz) to a new town, and the first day of school does not go well for him.  Read more...

 
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Overview

Thomas Rockwell's classic children's novel is adapted to the big screen in this delightful, touching adventure. Billy (charming newcomer Luke Benward, BECAUSE OF WINN-DIXIE) has just moved with his parents and little brother, Woody (Ty Panitz) to a new town, and the first day of school does not go well for him. He gets on the wrong side of school bully Joe (Adam Hicks), and when he fights back--something none of the other kids have ever had the courage to do--he ends up accepting a dare to eat 10 worms in the course of one day. As Joe and his gang strive to cook up ever more revolting recipes, Billy gradually wins the respect of his peers, and gains courage in his own abilities too. He befriends Erika (Hallie Kate Eisenberg) and becomes the champion of the underdog, dispelling the myth of Joe's power and unexpectedly having a blast along the way. The film is spot-on in its depiction of a kid's universe, complete with peer pressure, the mild threat of adult intervention, and the occasional flight of fancy, such as the "witch" the boys encounter by the river. Billy's relationship with his pesky little brother is hilarious and something almost any kid can relate to, and his dad (Thomas Cavanagh, SCRUBS) provides an entertaining subplot that shows how some things don't change, no matter what age you are.

Cast List

Mark Mothersbaugh - Film and TV Composer, RUSHMORE (1998)
Robert Mothersbaugh - Composer
Andrew Gillingham - Actor, HOW TO EAT FRIED WORMS, 2006
Hallie Kate Eisenberg - Child Actress/ "Pepsi Girl"
Clint Howard - Rance Howard is father; Ron Howard is brother
Bob Dolman - Screenwriter/director, FAR AND AWAY/THE BANGER SISTERS
Tom Cavanagh - Film and TV star, SOMETHING MORE (1998) and Ed (2000)
Thomas Cavanagh - Film and TV star, SOMETHING MORE (1998) and Ed (2000)
Kimberly Williams - American Actress
Philip Steuer - Producer
Alex Schwartz - Executive Producer, HOW TO EAT FRIED WORMS, (2006)
Timothy Patrick Cavanaugh - American Actor
David Kaufman - Actor
Cale Boyter - Executive Producer, ELF (2003)
Richard Rutkowski - Director of Photography, KILL BY INCHES (1999)
Thomas Rockwell - Writer, HOW TO EAT FRIED WORMS, (2006)
Kathleen Kiatta - Costume Designer, HOW TO EAT FRIED WORMS (2006)
Caty Maxey - Production Designer, HOW TO EAT FRIED WORMS (2006)
Mark Johnson - Producer, "Donnie Brasco"
James Rebhorn - Supporting Actor
Janice Hampton - EDITOR
Michael Disco - Executive Producer, HOW TO EAT FRIED WORMS, (2006)

 
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    DVD Format
  • Format: DVD
  • Run Time: 98
  • Color Format: Color
  • UPC: 794043105531
  • Genre: Family
  • Rating: PG (MPAA) (for mild bullying and some crude humor.)
  • Release Date: December 2006

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Movies > Comedies

Related Keywords:
Coming Of Age
Theatrical Release
Based On A Novel

 
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Reviews:
"FRIED WORMS' appeal is right there in its title....WORMS goes light on the gore and the goo..." - 09/01/2006 Entertainment Weekly, p.53


"Nicely directed, the film version proves refreshingly free of the customary blights that affect most modern children's movies." - 08/25/2006 New York Times, p.E1


"[T]he kids in HOW TO EAT FRIED WORMS have a natural charm that director Bob Dolman allows to flourish..." - 10/01/2006 Box Office, p.44

 
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