Queen Sized (2008 TV Movie)
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Take Maggie, a girl being raised by her working mother. Because of her size, she is made the butt of all jokes at the high school she attends. To make matters worse, as a prank, she is entered as a candidate for the Prom Queen, something that, as a rule, is reserved for those popular and cute girls whose popularity among the student body assures them of the title. Maggie proves to be an excellent contestant who proves that no matter what size she wears, she still a winner.
The film wouldn't be half the fun it is had Nikki Blonsky not being cast as Maggie. As she had shown in "Hairspray", Ms. Blonsky is a talented actress that one hopes will keep on being cast in movies that rely on her bubbly personality to carry the picture. Annie Potts, who we haven't seen in a while, shows up as Nikki's overworked mother. Peter Levin directed with style giving the viewer a nice excuse to watch "Queen Sized".
Being the polar opposite of Nikki's character, I may not have known her plight, but I do know that there is no way a person should ever go through what Maggie did.
I have to say that this is a movie that everyone should see no matter your gender, body shape or age.
To me, it represents making a seemingly impossible impact, which is what Maggie did, despite the teasing and the backlash of her supporters.
It's rare, but my verdict is a 10 out of 10.
Nikki Blonsky, of "Hairspray" fame, does a beautiful acting job here detailing what heavy set people go through. Yes, they are literally outcasts in this society.
When the vicious in-kids nominate her for "Homecoming Queen," just for laughs, Blonsky decides to pursue the dream. She is running for all the nerds. It's time that we stop stereotyping what we automatically want in a homecoming queen.
What makes the film so good is that it's shown that the Blonsky character is without faults herself. The redemption of many of the characters by film's end is just great to watch.
We can all learn from this. If it weren't for all those health concerns regarding fat people, we could certainly say that fat is beautiful.
As a girl who is going through something similar, I can identify with this movie. I am just beginning to recognize some of the signs of an addiction to self-medicating food, like Maggie in the movie. This movie made me realize I have to stop while I can. I know it isn't just because it tastes good, Maggie NEEDS it. It's like drugs to a druggie or alcohol to an alcoholic; it's an addiction that is done to make her feel better.
This movie addresses a discrimination that is all over this country. We've all heard it: so many Americans out of so many Americans are obese. The ones who aren't obese are scared of being obese, and when they see that in someone else they tear into them -- it's almost like a way of protecting themselves from it.
Watch this movie and see it for what it is: an address of an issue that is only getting worse.
Anyone with weight or food issues will be able to relate to the scenes of Maggie, tears of hurt and frustration and self-loathing streaming down her face, grabs a carton of ice cream and eats as fast as she can, so that it will hurry up and "numb" those terrible emotions.
Thin, pretty, popular but despotic girls play a horrible prank on Maggie by nominating her for Homecoming Queen, using an unflattering photo of her at a recent party. Their hazing, however, backfires when Maggie courageously decides to take them up on their "offer". Against the odds, she ends up winning the title.
Not to be outfoxed, the mean pretty girls are hell-bent on humiliating and defeating the intentions of the girl they hate, a girl who, for whatever reason, is overweight. For some reason, these thin, popular girls are threatened by this "fat girl", and hate her so much that several of them actually become physically uglier as the movie progresses, especially Liz, a vindictive bitch if there ever was one.
The most impressive little twist in this above-average TV movie is the fact that Maggie ends up making a mistake: not acknowledging the dedication and support of her closest friends, who, long before this Homecoming thing started, were always at her side, always including her, always accepting her for who she is. Maggie ends up realizing that in spite of her struggles and victories, she is not perfect either, and that sometimes she needs to open her eyes and recognize her achievements instead of dwelling on the hate and persecution. After all, dwelling on the bad only gives the mean girls a feeling of power and victory they don't deserve, right? If you enjoyed BEAUTIFUL GIRL, REAL WOMEN HAVE CURVES or PHAT GIRLS, I think you'll like QUEEN SIZED.
Bit mistake. Nikki's acting is not very good, as is the acting of the others... The worst part though is the whole plot and conversation writing! It's boring, cliché, and negative!
I expected it to be a story about a big girl showing the others that bigger people are just as good. Instead this is a movie where the main character cries every 5 minutes, whines, is negative, treats her friends like crap and acts bitchier than all the thin chicks together. Her mom is unlikable, every 2nd word being about 'losing weight'. In the end, the main character still is an undeserving girl, and it all 'turned out well' for no reason what-so-ever.
Personally, there was nothing in this movie, nothing at all that I could say I liked... except the Asian guy maybe.
Maggie Baker (Nikki Blonsky) is a fat girl in high school who gets nominated for homecoming queen as a cruel joke and decides to take advantage of the opportunity. She embraces the campaign and wins, only to face the tough lesson that she doesn't need to change the way others see her. She needs to change the way she sees herself.
There were a lot of very good creative decisions made here. Maggie isn't plump or a little overweight. She's fat to the point where walking briskly is a physical challenge. It makes it so much easier to take the messages of this film seriously because Maggie is actually obese, not just "Hollywood fat". And while Maggie had an overweight father, her own weight isn't excused as genetic. Maggie's so heavy because she's a compulsive comfort eater who turns to secret stashes of food to smother her self-loathing, which is very cleverly represented by a glamorized fantasy image of Maggie's thin mother (Annie Potts) that viciously undermines her again and again. And when Maggie is voted queen and gets a bunch of positive attention, she's unprepared for it and handles it in a poor but quite human manner. I liked all these parts of Queen Sized.
On the other hand, the tone and tenor of this whole production is on the level of a cheesy sitcom, just without the laugh track. The main supporting characters, the mom and Maggie's smart mouth best friend Casey (Lily Holleman), are tremendously inconsistent. They vacillate from supporting to enabling Maggie's weakness to representing the face of anti-fat prejudice without there ever being any rhythm or structure to the changes. And even though this is about the popular kids vs. the outcasts, the movie chickens out by making the popular girl in school a good person and relegating all the mean behavior to her hanger-on best friend, who's about as two-dimensionally malevolent as a scrap of Heinrich Himmler's personal stationary. And giving Maggie a hunky Latino guy friend who clearly would have been her boyfriend if she gave the slightest encouragement, then treating the character like an afterthought, was ill considered at best. I did not like those parts of Queen Sized.
But it's the relentless use of high speed high school montages, generic guitar riffs and overplayed hit songs that tips things from a split decision to a bad motion picture. There's no purpose served at all by such aggressive, intrusive gimmickry. If the director felt he needed to contribute something, he should have massaged Annie Potts' feet rather than spray such tired editing techniques and sound cues all over the movie.
I wish the negatives of Queen Sized didn't outweigh its positives but wishing doesn't make it so. There might still be some value here for a young person dealing with their own body image issues. If you're fine with what you see in the mirror, though, you won't be fine with what you see on the screen.
The movie on a whole is pathetic. The script was obviously created by someone that hates fat people ... to excess! No one runs to the fridge, tosses everything out of the freezer in search of mint ice cream ... they scream, they cry, they pout, they scream a little more ... and then they punish themselves by eating everything in sight! If everyone treats you badly ... you get into the same line they are standing in ... and ... what you do to yourself is a million times worse than what they do to you! Basically, there are only two reasons a person is over weight ... a physical/biological problem ... or ... a mental/emotional problem! Either way, whomever sets out to create more problems for someone that already has a full plate ... well ... they are, simply, not worth the air they breathe! If you are into hating people ... by all means, watch this movie! If not, then pass this one by! LadyShalene