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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.


Bob Dolman


Bob Dolman (screenplay), Thomas Rockwell (novel)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Luke Benward ... Billy
Hallie Eisenberg ... Erika (as Hallie Kate Eisenberg)
Adam Hicks ... Joe
Austin Rogers ... Adam
Alexander Gould ... Twitch
Ryan Malgarini ... Benjy
Philip Bolden ... Bradley (as Philip Daniel Bolden)
Clint Howard ... Uncle Ed
Ty Panitz ... Woody
James Rebhorn ... Boiler Head
Tom Cavanagh ... Dad
Kimberly Williams-Paisley ... Mom
Andrew Gillingham ... Techno Mouth
Blake Garrett ... Plug
Alexander Agate ... Donny


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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Comedy | Family

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

25 August 2006 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Wimberley, Texas, USA See more »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,003,537, 27 August 2006, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$13,022,756, 8 October 2006
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Sound Mix:

SDDS | DTS | Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The pajamas Twitch wore towards the end of the movie were specially made for him and Alexander Gould was allowed to keep them afterward. See more »


As the principal is introducing him to his class, Billy Forrester's name appears on the blackboard behind him before he writes it there. See more »


Mom: Come on! You gotta put on a clean shirt.
Billy: WHAT!
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Crazy Credits

Silent quote from trailer used: "No worms were harmed in the making of this film." (Shows worm blowing up in microwave.) "Not even this one" See more »


Spoofs Emeril Live (1997) See more »


3 Little Bird
Written by Simone White
Performed by Hallie Eisenberg and Ty Panitz
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Fried Worms is delicious!
16 September 2006 | by Omar MouallemSee all my reviews

It's a strange feeling to sit alone in a theater occupied by parents and their rollicking kids. I felt like instead of a movie ticket, I should have been given a NAMBLA membership.

Based upon Thomas Rockwell's respected Book, How To Eat Fried Worms starts like any children's story: moving to a new town. The new kid, fifth grader Billy Forrester was once popular, but has to start anew. Making friends is never easy, especially when the only prospect is Poindexter Adam. Or Erica, who at 4 1/2 feet, is a giant.

Further complicating things is Joe the bully. His freckled face and sleeveless shirts are daunting. He antagonizes kids with the Death Ring: a Crackerjack ring that is rumored to kill you if you're punched with it. But not immediately. No, the death ring unleashes a poison that kills you in the eight grade.

Joe and his axis of evil welcome Billy by smuggling a handful of slimy worms into his thermos. Once discovered, Billy plays it cool, swearing that he eats worms all the time. Then he throws them at Joe's face. Ewww! To win them over, Billy reluctantly bets that he can eat 10 worms. Fried, boiled, marinated in hot sauce, squashed and spread on a peanut butter sandwich. Each meal is dubbed an exotic name like the "Radioactive Slime Delight," in which the kids finally live out their dream of microwaving a living organism.

If you've ever met me, you'll know that I have an uncontrollably hearty laugh. I felt like a creep erupting at a toddler whining that his "dilly dick" hurts. But Fried Worms is wonderfully disgusting. Like a G-rated Farrelly brothers film, it is both vomitous and delightful.

Writer/director Bob Dolman is also a savvy storyteller. To raise the stakes the worms must be consumed by 7 pm. In addition Billy holds a dark secret: he has an ultra-sensitive stomach.

Dolman also has a keen sense of perspective. With such accuracy, he draws on children's insecurities and tendency to exaggerate mundane dilemmas.

If you were to hyperbolize this movie the way kids do their quandaries, you will see that it is essentially about war. Freedom-fighter and freedom-hater use pubescent boys as pawns in proxy wars, only to learn a valuable lesson in unity. International leaders can learn a thing or two about global peacekeeping from Fried Worms.

At the end of the film, I was comforted when two chaperoning mothers behind me, looked at each other with befuddlement and agreed, "That was a great movie." Great, now I won't have to register myself in any lawful databases.

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