Who doesn’t love pasta? Just the idea of a deliciously made Pesto, Carbonara or Tomato pasta sounds so delectable. But after watching the movie, “How to Eat Fried Worms”, I don’t think you’d look at pasta the same way again. This movie is based in the book “How to Eat Fried Worms” by Thomas Rockwell.
Who in the world is in the right mind to eat fried worms? It takes A LOT of courage to do such a thing. But that’s what the movie is all about actually. It’s about having the courage to stand up for yourself, no matter what the circumstances may be.
“How to Eat Fried Worms” stars a boy named Billy Forrester who just moved in to a new town and new school. On his first day, it didn’t take him long to meet the most feared bully, Joe.
At lunchtime, Joe immediately plays a prank on new-boy Billy and replaces his thermos drink with a thermos filled with wriggling worms. Out of reflexive action, Billy reacts by throwing one of the wriggling worms straight to Joe’s face.
In attempt to cool down the situation, Billy ended up bragging about how worms is actually a meal he enjoys eating, “The greasier and the slimier, the better.” Joe then uses Billy’s persistence regarding his statement against Billy. He asks Billy to prove to everyone that he can eat at least 10 worms a day, WITHOUT puking ANY of it out. The deal was if Billy was able to do so, Joe would have to walk home with wriggling worms stuffed inside his pants and vice versa. Thus begins the journey of Billy in the world of disgusting recipes, with worms as the main star of the dish, made by Joe and his friends.
There are numerous positive points in this movie, despite the plot being centered on worm jokes and pranks. Character development was found among most of the characters. It wasn’t just Billy or Joe that had development in the movie but also the “henchmen” of Joe.
The importance of relationships with family and friends was seen through the movie. Billy’s father cheered him on and reminded Billy that it’s easy to judge one’s outer appearance but there is a deeper story than what is being shown. Erika, a girl who also has experienced being bullied was the one who encouraged Billy when he felt like giving up. But she reminded Billy that it was amazing how someone finally stood up against him.
The creativeness and imaginativeness of children was perfectly portrayed in the movie. It was seen through how the children were able to think of different recipes with having to still highlight the worms as the star of the dish.
Although a negative point in the movie would how some scenes was over-the-top for kids their age.
But overall, “How to Eat Fried Worms”, was a movie that tried to show how less complex the problems were at that age but how making the right decisions, like standing up against a bully, at a young age would play a significant role in how you will face future problems.