By Jason Lynch Alexis Chiu Kristen Mascia
September 04, 2006 12:00 PM

Luke Benward, Tom Cavanagh


Host Joe Rogan is nowhere to be found, but 11-year-old Billy (Benward, Because of Winn-Dixie) is trapped in his own version of Fear Factor. Struggling to fit in at his new school, he bets the class bully that he can devour 10 worms in one day. The weak-stomached Billy reluctantly digs in, sampling crawlers that are deep-fried, boiled, pureed and nuked (c’mon, no à la mode?). Writer-director Bob Dolman (The Banger Sisters) ably captures the light-hearted spirit of Thomas Rockwell’s cherished 1973 kids’ novel with chuckle-worthy moments like one boy’s confident declaration that “puke has a mind of its own.” A scrumptious treat for kids. (PG)