How to Eat Fried Worms

2006 PG 1h 38m DVD

How to Eat Fried Worms

2006 PG 1h 38m DVD
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This charming family film based on Thomas Rockwell's popular book recounts the tale of Billy (Luke Benward), a fifth-grader whose bluster on the first day at a new school gets him in dutch with a bully (Adam Hicks). To save face in front of his classmates, Billy accepts a dare. But it will take all his inner strength to meet the challenge -- eating 10 earthworms in one day -- and to keep his big bazoo from landing him in even more trouble.
Luke Benward, Hallie Kate Eisenberg, Adam Hicks, Austin Rogers, Alexander Gould, Andrew Gillingham, Ryan Malgarini, Philip Bolden, Ty Panitz, James Rebhorn, Tom Cavanagh, Kimberly Williams-Paisley, Alexander Agate, Clint Howard, Blake Garrett
Bob Dolman
Widescreen Anamorphic 2.35:1, Full Screen 1.33:1
English, Spanish (Neutral)
English: Dolby Digital 5.1, English: Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
PG - Some material may not be suitable for children. Parents urged to give parental guidance. May contain some material parents might not like for their young children.
age 9+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 9+
age 9+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that this movie is gross, which is probably why it will appeal to fourth-graders everywhere. There's also some crude potty humor and mild profanity, as well as name-calling and bullying. But the message is straightforward and simple: It's okay to stand up for yourself, and sometimes, you have to eat worms (or in grown-up terms, do something you don't want to do) in order to gain the courage needed to get by in this crazy world.

Sexual Content

Woody refers to his private parts as "dillydink". Other references to body parts ("sphincter") and potty humor. Mild romantic scenes between characters.


This movie is refreshingly free of slapstick violence; most is of the verbal variety. Students fear Joe's "death ring," which supposedly kills its victims when they reach 8th grade.


Lots of snot and worm jokes. The boys snicker over crude potty jokes, pet names for male anatomy, other mild profanities.

Social Behavior

Billy thinks about running away, then decides to face the worm challenge. Kids try to intimidate others, and everyone's afraid of Joe, the school bully. His group of insecure thugs do whatever he says. Name-calling, sibling rivalry, and mocking authority figures are integral to the plot.


This movie has an old-fashioned family feel to it, so there are few references to products.

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Dad drinks wine after a hard day at work.

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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