Responsible for pop-culture TV phenoms The OC and Gossip Girl, writer Josh Schwartz knows a little something about dramatizing life as a teenager on screen. “The stories that I keep getting drawn back to are coming of age stories,” admits the 36-year-old. So it’s no surprise that his first big-screen outing would be the comedy Fun Size, opening today, about teen Wren (Victorious’s Victoria Justice) searching for her missing younger brother Albert (Jackson Nicoll) on Halloween night. Schwartz gave EW some of the comedy classics that inspired his directorial debut.
Sixteen Candles (1984)
“It’s a comedy with a teenage girl at its center, but it’s also one that guys can enjoy. It was John Hughes’ first movie as a director. It’s really about family and rooted in Samantha Baker [Molly Ringwald] and her emotional journey in the same way Fun Size is about Wren’s family.” READ FULL STORY