How to Eat Fried Worms

Synopsis: 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
Genre: Comedy, Family
Director(s): Bob Dolman
Production: New Line Cinema
  1 win & 2 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
80 min



Hey, Billy, look...


Are you all right, Billy?

Wrapping it up

there, Billy?

Maybe not.

Okay, careful there, Woody.

You're gonna knock

somebody over.



Billy, you know what?

I am saying stop.

This is your room, come on.

- I don't like it.

- Why not?

Smell the walls.

Mm... yeah.

You know what?

They just need a fresh coat of paint.

You can pick the color.

- Black.

- Black?


I don't wanna go

to school, Mom.

I'm gonna be the new kid.

It's the worst thing ever.

How will I even

know where to go?

We'll figure it out.

We? No.

No mothers.

I want to meet

your teacher Mrs. Bommley.

No, no mothers.

And I want to see your classroom and

just make sure that everything's okay.

No mothers.

And also, Mom,

don't put anything in

my lunch like a little note

saying, "Good luck, Billy."

Don't worry, I won't.

Okay, unpack, all right?

You're gonna feel so much better

once you get settled in

and get all your toys out.


Material possessions.

Joe, Joe, look!

There's a new kid

and he's riding his

bike on the sidewalk.

- Look! Boiler Head!

- Dismount, young man.

"And walk your bicycle.

Walk your bicycle."


stare at him.

Billy F, is that where

you're putting your bike?

- It's a bike rack.

- It's a bike rack.

- Billy F?

- Yeah, Billy F.

Billy F.

See you around, new kid.

Mrs. Bommley and Isaac...

No! No, wait!

Aw, you stupid note.

Say you were lost.

I'm not lost.

Say you were though.

Okay, say I was.

Follow me.

Sorry, I'm so tall.

- Erk, Erk, Erk!

- Incoming!

- Incoming

- Coming in.

- Erk, Erk.

- Erk, Erk

Erk, Erk!

Put your stuff in there, and that's

our classroom in there.

- Erk, Erk.

- Everyone calls that girl Erk.

- Erk?

- Erika.

No hats allowed.

Uh, please don't

make me go in there.



Come, young man.


Class, you have a new

student joining you today.

Everyone, let's welcome

Billy with a warm hello.

- Class?

- Hello, Billy.

You're late.

Get to your seats.

Would you write your name

on the board, young man?

Billy Forrester,

with two Rs.

- Three.

- I beg your pardon?

There's three Rs.

Thank you, Mr. Burdock.

Welcome, Billy.

As part of our curriculum,

we are studying Ancient Egypt.


Thus the Sphinx,

thus the pyramids,

thus the bust

of Nefertiti.

Now, would you like

to sit, Billy?

Let's see,

let's find you a seat.

How about right there,

in back of Erika?

Erk, Erk.

Tomorrow, make sure

you put your backpack in the cubby,

and welcome!

Erk, Erk.

- Erk.

- Erk, Erk, Erk.

Hey, have

a delicious lunch.



Hey, Billy F.

That's your lunch, huh?

You eat worms?

I eat them all the time.

You want to try one?

Here you go.

Somebody get this

off of me!

He's gonna get it now.

Everyone sit!

Boiler Head.

- He's gonna get it.

- Look at that.

I'm popular!

Woody, tell Billy and Daddy

what you did today.

The pre-school kids

are called sea turtles

- and when they introduced Woody...

- I sang a song!

He did. He stood right up

when they introduced him

and he sang his little heart out,

didn't you?

Oh, yeah?

What song did you sing, Woody?

~ Baby beluga

in the deep blue sea ~

~ Swims so wild

and swims so free ~

~ Heaven above,

sea below ~

~ And the little

white whale on the go... ~

Stop! No more!

He's just singing, Billy.

He's not just singing.

He's deliberately

not stopping!

~ The waves roll in ~

~ The waves roll out... ~

~ See the water

squirting out of my spout. ~

- Dad?

- Billy, hey.

Couldn't tell

if you were asleep.

My brain's keeping me awake.

What's the headline

in that brain of yours?

I don't like my school.

Yeah, well, Billy,

first days are tough.

First days can be really hard.

You should have seen me at work today.

You know, I, uh, I couldn't

keep anyone's name straight.

Thanks, I'll be right

with you, Bob.

It's Rob, Rob Simon.

And then they made

me wear a name tag.

This is your IMB badge. You're gonna

need this when you go over to VOD

because they're gonna

ask for it for IOC.

Anything like that

happen to you?

Not really.

Did you make any friends?

Everybody is already friends.

They all went

to kindergarten probably.

And I'm just this kid who's

just there all of a sudden.

Well, you know what you do?

You go up to people, you take

the initiative, you say,

- "Hi, I'm Billy Forrester."

- Say my last name?

My point is, you don't wait

for them to come to you, okay?

You go up to them, introduce

yourself, shake hands.

Kids don't shake hands, Dad.

Try and get some sleep.

You know, things are gonna get

better, I promise.

You watch, tomorrow

you're gonna have

a great day.

Wormboy! Wormboy!

- Wormboy! Wormboy!

- Stop!

- Wormboy!

- Get away!

- Wormboy! Wormboy!

- Get off!


Stop! Get off!

We're just calling you Wormboy

'cause that's what you said.

- No, I didn't.

- Yes, you did.

You said, "I eat worms."

Right? Right?

- Yeah!

- Yeah!

So, you're Wormboy.


We'll get back with you

at recess.

Oh, hey. Hey, does your house have

a front door that's green?

I was trying to figure out

where you live 'cause my house

has a red door with

a sign that says Tansey.

That's my name,

Erika Tansey.

You're making it worse.

I'm Adam Simms.

I used to be friends

with Frasier Boone.

You know Frasier Boone?

I don't know anybody, okay?

That's like me.

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Bob Dolman

Robert "Bob" Dolman is a Canadian screenwriter, actor, director and producer. His work in television includes SCTV, SCTV Network 90, and WKRP in Cincinnati. more…

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Submitted on August 05, 2018

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