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How to Eat Fried Worms ()


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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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Billy
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Erika (as Hallie Kate Eisenberg)
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Joe
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Adam
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Twitch
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Benjy
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Bradley (as Philip Daniel Bolden)
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Uncle Ed
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Woody
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Boiler Head
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Dad
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Mom
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Techno Mouth
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Plug
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Donny
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Mrs. Bommley
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Rob Simon
Simone White ...
Woody's Teacher
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Nigel
Jo Ann Farabee ...
Bait Shop Lady
Karen Wacker ...
Rob Simon's Wife
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Security Guard
Tim Mateer ...
Convenience Store Clerk
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Zachary Flores
Stayce Mayfield ...
County Club Member (as Stacey Smith)
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Kid (uncredited) (voice)
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Mean Girl (uncredited)
Dan Eggleston ...
Restaurant Patron (uncredited)
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Waitress (uncredited)
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Schoolteacher (uncredited)
Amy Soto ...
Restaurant Patron (uncredited)
Angela Ware ...
Jogger (uncredited)
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Falling Seaturtle (uncredited)

Directed by

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Bob Dolman

Written by

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Bob Dolman ... (screenplay)
 
Thomas Rockwell ... (novel)

Produced by

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Cale Boyter ... co-producer
Shareena Carlson ... animation producer
Michael Disco ... co-producer
Bob Dolman ... co-producer
Toby Emmerich ... executive producer
Micheal Flaherty ... production executive
K.C. Hodenfield ... associate producer
Mark Johnson ... producer
Philip Steuer ... producer
Tom Williams ... associate producer

Music by

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Mark Mothersbaugh
Robert Mothersbaugh ... (as Bob Mothersbaugh)

Cinematography by

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Richard Rutkowski

Film Editing by

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Janice Hampton
Frederick Wardell

Editorial Department

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Dave Lee ... colorist: dailies
Dana Silverman ... post-production assistant
Stuart Sperling ... first assistant editor
Lee Wimer ... color timer

Casting By

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Stephanie Corsalini

Production Design by

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Caty Maxey

Art Direction by

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John Frick

Set Decoration by

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Carla Curry

Costume Design by

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Kathy Kiatta

Makeup Department

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Becki Drake ... key makeup artist
Chelsey Fiske ... hair stylist
Melissa Forney ... department head hair (as Melissa D. Forney)
Darylin Nagy ... makeup department head
Charmaine Richards ... additional hair stylist
Melizah Anguiano Wheat ... key hair stylist (as Melizah Schmidt)

Production Management

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Richard E. Chapla Jr. ... unit production manager
Douglas Jones ... executive in charge of production
Graham Stumpf ... post-production supervisor

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Doug Carter ... second second assistant director
K.C. Hodenfield ... first assistant director
Daniel J. Shaw ... first assistant director: re-shoots

Art Department

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Sara Aronson ... property production assistant
Amy Bell ... assistant property master
Brad Blei ... set dresser
Mark Lambert Bristol ... storyboard artist
Monique Champagne ... set decorating buyer: reshoots
Lance Cheatham ... set dresser
Sonia L. Garcia ... stand-by painter (as L. Sonia Garcia)
Dwayne Grady ... property master
Juliet Guimont ... scenic artist
Mark Hanks ... set dresser
Joshua Wayne Johnson ... art department production assistant
Ellen Lampl ... prop graphics
Joe McCusker ... construction coordinator
Jorge Paris ... art department coordinator
Darren Patnode ... on-set dresser
Jeff Poss ... sculptor
Scott A. Reeder ... props
Jeremy Reeves ... set dresser
Steve Sawhill ... set dresser
Phil Shirey ... lead man
Corissa Smith ... scenic artist
Gabriella Villarreal ... key buyer
Robert R. Wonson ... set dresser
Koen Wooten ... props

Sound Department

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Ethan Andrus ... sound mixer
Paul Aulicino ... sound editor
Nerses Gezalyan ... sound mixer
Xavier Horan ... sound editor
Tony Lamberti ... re-recording mixer
Ben Lazard ... boom operator: additional photography
Benjamin Lowry ... sound mixer: additional photography
Bryan Pennington ... consultant: Dolby film sound
Bruce Stambler ... supervising sound editor
Tom Sturgis ... boom operator
Becky Sullivan ... supervising sound editor
Orest Sushko ... re-recording mixer
Eric Thompson ... adr mixer
Tami Treadwell ... adr recordist
Greg Zimmerman ... adr recordist

Special Effects by

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Everett Byrom III ... special effects coordinator
Craig Byrom ... special effects foreman
Brandon Campbell ... mold maker
Stanford Gilbert ... special effects technician
Marcus LaPorte ... mold maker

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Diane Caliva ... post-production supervisor: The Orphanage
Michael Larry Hutchinson ... HD manager: The Orphanage (as Michael Hutchinson)
Stephen Jennings ... animatic artist
Ryan A. Parker ... animator: "Lil Growl Reaper" (as Ryan Parker)
Carl Walters ... editorial supervisor: The Orphanage

Stunts

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Jeff Schwan ... stunt coordinator

Camera and Electrical Department

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Troy Anderson ... lighting technician
Roger Basquette ... digital video assist operator
Kelly Bogdan ... second assistant camera: additional photography
Dennis Clay ... dolly grip
Patrick B. Coate ... daily second assistant camera
Wes Dixon ... electrician: re-shoots
John Eschberger ... grip
Robert Hicks ... key grip
Chip Huntington ... grip
Edison Jackson ... best boy electric
David McGill ... Steadicam operator
Todd McMullen ... camera operator / director of photography: second unit
P.K. Munson ... "a" camera focus puller
Edward A. Navarro ... rigging electrician
Trevor Doyle Nelson ... additional second assistant camera (as Trevor Nelson)
Clayton Null ... electrician: additional photography
Heather Page ... camera operator: "a" camera
Frank Parrish ... second assistant camera
James H Razo ... remote camera technician
Van Redin ... still photographer
Robert Rendon ... assistant camera
Phillip Renke ... best boy rigging grip
Donis Rhoden ... best boy grip
Peter Simonite ... first assistant camera
Pete Stockton ... company grip
Greg Travis ... grip
Jesse Wolter ... grip
Sean Wright ... grip

Animation Department

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Genndy Tartakovsky ... animation supervisor / layout artist

Casting Department

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Victoria Acosta ... extras casting coordinator
Charley Medigovich ... casting assistant

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Anna Abbey ... costume supervisor
Nyima Johnston ... costumer
Esther Marquis ... dyer/ager
Leeann Radeka ... key costumer
Stephanie A. Steel ... set costumer
Yvonne Wilburn ... costumer

Location Management

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John P. Crowley ... location manager
Monica Walters ... assistant location manager

Music Department

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Christine Bergren ... music clearance
Lindsay Fellows ... music supervisor
Stephen Lotwis ... music editor
Ernie Mannix ... music editor
Ralph Sall ... soundtrack album producer
Lodge Worster ... assistant music editor

Transportation Department

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Ryan Bickling ... background driver
Charles Coulter ... driver
Tracy Craytor ... production van driver
Mark Crosby ... driver
Greg Faucett ... transportation coordinator
Lonnie Nelson ... transportation captain
Russell E. Scott ... picture cars/driver
Doug Stewart ... driver: camera car

Other crew

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Mustafa Abdul-Wahid ... assistant: Mr. Dolman
John Arszyla ... medic
Toni Atterbury ... unit publicist
Cassandra Barbour ... rights and clearances
Ken Beggs ... head animal trainer
Melissa Bernstein ... assistant: Mr. Johnson
Ryan Bickling ... stand-in
Taylor Black ... production assistant
Mary Beth Chambers ... production coordinator: additional photography (as Mary Beth Meadows)
Michael Clossin ... assistant to cast
Joe Dolman ... production assistant
Richard Ehlert ... caterer
Evan Feuerman ... assistant post-production accountant
Joe Fiske ... key craft service
Tiffany Fraser ... post-production accountant
Shellie Gillespie ... assistant: Mr. Dolman
Kayse Goodell ... production assistant
Gina Grande ... script supervisor
Matthew K. Grigsby ... production accountant
Jeff Gross ... production resources
Julian Haddad ... stand-in
Chris M. Jackson ... assistant production coordinator
Laura King ... set medic
Bill Lanier ... assistant: Mr. Steuer
Andrea Lazard ... office production assistant: additional photography (as Andrea Johnson)
Kandis Longan ... production assistant
Cohl Kenneth Love ... adr voice (as Cohl Klop)
Peter Lowe ... caterer
Shane Mallory ... production assistant
Mindy Miller ... stand-in: Ms. Williams-Paisley
Molly Murray ... first assistant accountant
Tom Prince ... executive in charge of production
Tara Reimers ... assistant to cast
Cole Rogers ... photo double / stand-in
Kirsten Schultz ... set security
Laura Sevier ... rights and clearances
M.K. Shaw ... payroll accountant
Jeremy Shirk ... set security
Brett P. Smith ... second assistant accountant
Max Sturgeon ... production assistant
Danny Sutedja ... intern
Lauren Swearingen ... production supervisor
Raigen Thornton ... key paramedic
Karen Wacker ... production coordinator
Kiri Weatherby ... stand-in
Daniel Villagomez ... credits administrator (uncredited)

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Plot Summary

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 Erika Tansy, a girl with a mind of her own. All the other boys follow Joe if only out of fear, especially as legend has it that the ring that Joe wears contains poison which will lead to a slow death if injected. The boys get into one misadventure after another as they try to find different places and increasingly disgusting ways to cook the worms before Billy consumes them. But by the end of the day, they all learn that there is strength in numbers in dealing with fear. Written by Huggo

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Taglines It's Global Worming! See more »
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Also Known As
  • Comment manger 10 vers de terre en une journée (France)
  • Billys Wette oder Wie man gebratene Würmer isst (Germany)
  • Zoando na Escola (Brazil)
  • Ou Comes... ou Levas (Portugal)
  • Comment manger des vers de terre (Canada, French title)
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Runtime
  • 80 min
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Box Office

Opening Weekend United States $4,003,537, 27 Aug 2006

Did You Know?

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Trivia According to Club House magazine, Luke Benward almost did not make the part. Because of traffic, a train and becoming lost, Luke and his mother arrived 20 minutes after FedEx had closed. Fortunately, a benevolent employee agreed to mail the audition tape. After Luke got the part as Billy, Luke and his mother returned to FedEx to thank and give roses to the kind employee. See more »
Goofs 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 »
Movie Connections Featured in The Worst of 2006 (2007). See more »
Soundtracks The Tide Is High See more »
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 »
Quotes Donny: His mind told his vomit to stay inside his stomach.
Joe: Impossible.
Plug: Yeah, puke has a mind of it's own.
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