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Dominick DiNapoli has always been a big kid who loved eating. It was his favorite thing. Then his cousin dies from health complications due to a lack of exercise and improper diet. Antoinette, Dominick's sister, makes him promise to see a diet doctor and lose some weight. This is very hard for Dominick, but he tries. He also finds motivation when he meets Lydia, and he discovers a love that is more intense than his love of food. He spends so much time kissing and walking around with Lydia that he no longer eats as many unhealthy things, and he loses weight without even trying. Written by Siobhan Perricone

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This was the first (and last) time that Anne Bancroft ever got to direct a film. Other actors who share this distinction include Jack Lemmon (Kotch, 1971) and Dan Aykroyd (Nothing But Trouble, 1991). See more »

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When Lydia comes to see Dom in his apartment, he pulls the covers over himself while lying in bed. The covers are low in his lap, but when the camera angle changes, they're much higher up on his body. See more »

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Sonny: How'd you like to stuff one of them in a doughnut!
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Holy God, We Praise Thy Name
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Written by Clarence A. Walworth
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Some great moments, a touching film.
25 November 2004 | by (Alameda, California) – See all my reviews

There are some real classic moments in this film. The hot dog scene where Dom looks at a beautiful girl, then back at the hot dog... in a mental fight that he can't win, he finally bites the hot dog. There are several classic moments and some are quite subtle, such as the scene where Lydia says the wrapping paper is "too gay" only to be glanced at by a man at the cash register. For people with an eating disorder, it will make you cry and laugh at the same time. For people who don't understand the addiction of food, it's an introduction into the dark world and troubles of being overweight. This is a real sleeper. Anne Bancroft does a splendid job of direction, and her character in the film is vivid, and colorful. This is a great film. I liked it a lot, and I have seen it about 5 times.


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