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Phat Girlz (2006)

PG-13 | | Comedy | 7 April 2006 (USA)
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Two plus-sized ladies meet the men of their dreams in the most unexpected of ways.

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Two plus-sized ladies meet the men of their dreams in the most unexpected of ways.

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She's proving that BIG is beautiful. See more »

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Rated PG-13 for sexual content and language, including some crude sexual references | See all certifications »

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$3,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,109,924, 9 April 2006, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$7,059,537, 9 July 2006
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When the girls leave for Palm Springs in the silver convertible, it has hubcaps and cloth interior. As they are diving, the wheels change to metal, sporty rims and the interior is leather. The license plate is "1E49901" as they are driving, but changes to "5JIT510" when they arrive at the hotel. See more »

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Jazmin Biltmore: I am PHATABULOUS!
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Spoofs The Wizard of Oz (1939) See more »

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(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman
Written by Jerry Wexler, Gerry Goffin and Carole King
Performed by Aretha Franklin
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The film is far from perfect but it doesn't seem rational for the film to be rated this low.
13 January 2010 | by See all my reviews

Before I get to a review of this movie, I have a few words to say about some of the other reviews as well as some discussions on the message boards about this movie. It seems that in MANY cases, people aren't actually discussing the merits of this film but are more making value judgments about being fat--a major plot element in the movie. So, some supposed reviews talk about how the main character needs to lose weight or that she's unhealthy but this really isn't a review of the film--it's a statement about what they think of fat folks. Oddly, a few of the comments went further and were quite hateful--as if hating fat people was somehow okay. With a few, I almost wonder if they'll soon suggest that fat folks just be killed! Are they trying to say that this is one last acceptable prejudice? As for the film itself, I cannot understand it being placed in the hallowed Bottom 100 on IMDb other than prejudice against the overweight. Sure, the film is far from perfect and I do have some problems with the writing here and there, but there is no way this is a horrible film--something inclusion in the Bottom 100 would indicate.

Mo'Nique stars as a woman who is both ashamed of her obesity and who is also, oddly enough, very self-assured in other ways. In other words, she is strong and more than willing to stand up to people who are cruel towards fat people but she herself privately beats herself up mercilessly about being so overweight.

Obesity and body image is a great idea for a film--mostly because it's rarely addressed. I loved this aspect of the film and the film had so much positive to say. BUT the film also occasionally lets itself down now and again with cheap fat jokes or anti-skinny woman remarks or the buffet scene. Can't the film be self-assured without actually occasionally reinforcing these old stereotypes at the same time?! Yet, at other times, the film is very positive and reaffirming--such as Mo'Nique's coming up with a line of clothes to make overweight women look good as well as the wonderful relationship she has with her Nigerian love. It's an odd, odd dichotomy how the film seems so very progressive yet not throughout the film.

Subtle this movie is NOT--and if it were perhaps edited a bit, it would have been an exceptional film. With just a few tweaks, it could have been amazing--but as it is, the negatives aren't that bad and the film has been unfairly savaged. I'd give the film a 6--almost a 7. With a good editing and better writing, perhaps an 8.

If you see the film, judge the film--the writing, the acting and the technical aspects of the film.


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