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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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diet | love | eating | food | chinese food | See All (74) »

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Do Not Eat: See more »

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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1 February 1980 (USA)  »

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El gordito  »

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On this film, Brianne Murphy became the first female cinematographer to shoot a major studio, union picture. See more »

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At Salvatore's wake, lighting equipment and crew can be seen in the reflection on the tuba. See more »

Quotes

Dominick DiNapoli: Maybe I AM crazy. Is it crazy to hate yourself?
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Referenced in Gray Matters (2006) See more »

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Funiculi, Funicula
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Written by Luigi Denza and Peppino Turco
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Tickles the Funnybone, Provokes the Mind, Warms the Heart
8 June 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

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THIS MOVIE IS A GEM! A heartwarming, humorous, realistic view of the ups and downs of a large-bodied man. I say this because I myself was in a relationship with a lovely gentleman who happened to be of ample body contour, and the courtship scenes with Dom and Lydia reminded me of my courtship with my own hefty, handsome boyfriend. Also, gotta love Anne Bancroft as Our Hero's shrewish sister FAVORITE SCENES: Our Hero sneaking a wedge of his nephew's birthday cake, and his sister blowing a gasket! Our Hero crying when the diet doc gives him a list of Foods To Avoid, all of which he loves. The weight-loss intervention turning into a pig-out party. The Chinese food! (The sister having a meltdown! Classic!) Our Hero threatening to cut off his brother's "huevos" after Bro padlocks the fridge and larder. The scenes with Our Hero and his sweetheart. This is a beauty of a film with a beautiful message (love yourself no matter what your bodily dimensions) that deserved more attention than it got.


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