How to Eat Fried Worms (2006)

PG  |   |  Comedy, Family  |  25 August 2006 (USA)
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During the first day of his new school year, a fifth grade boy squares off against a bully and winds up accepting a dare that could change the balance of power within the class.



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The Forrester family - father Mitch Forrester, mother Helen Forrester, their pre-teen son Billy Forrester and their pre-school son Woody Forrester - have just moved to a new town where Mitch is starting a new job. Both Mitch and Billy are worried about fitting into their new environment. It's worse for Billy as Woody, who is not worried about the move, is at that stage in his life where everything is simple and easy. Billy's first day in the fifth grade at his new school does not go well when he gets into an altercation with the class bullies, led by Joe Guire. The altercation involves worms and Billy stating that he eats worms all the time, which leads to all the bullies calling him "Wormboy". As such, Joe bets Billy that he can't eat ten worms (without vomiting), the bet to take place this upcoming Saturday, with the last worm to be consumed by 7pm. Despite having a notoriously weak stomach, Billy takes him up on the bet. As the bet starts, the only classmate on Billy's side is ... Written by Huggo

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worm | bet | boy | bully | school | See All (14) »


Ein Filmvergnügen für Kinder zum Anbeißen (A film pleasure for children to bite) See more »


Comedy | Family

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Rated PG for mild bullying and some crude humor | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

25 August 2006 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A skacok meg a kukacok  »

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$4,003,537 (USA) (25 August 2006)


$13,022,756 (USA) (6 October 2006)

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A great movie for 8 - 11 boys! (and those that appreciate that humor)
19 August 2006 | by (Hartford,CT USA) – See all my reviews

Pre-adolescent humor is present in large quantities. The acting and story are wonderful if you can stomach the concept. Those with weak constitutions will have some difficulty since the "worms" are realistic enough to cause churning of more than a few in the audience.

Tom Cavanagh and Hallie Kate Eisenberg stole the spotlight, but the young Ty Panitz could get some serious time on screen over the next few years.

Miss Eisenberg has developed from a cute face into a strong young actress with charm and wonderful comic delivery.

The story does a spectacular job in dealing with bullying, friendship, and fairness. It creates an opportunity to discuss these topics in an open and frank manner while recalling some "gross" scene from the film.

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