Chaz, a tattooed, pierced San Franciscan hipster, is convinced he's overweight. The latest evidence? He caught his date feeling out his "fat waist." Yes, despite his lanky limbs and low body weight, Chaz is afflicted with the most difficult condition to treat: he's soft in the middle. He's Skinnyfat. The traumatic event sets him on a plan to lose weight until he has hipbones "sharp enough to trim hedges!" Joined by his flighty friend Davy, self-absorbed Chaz stumbles through gym workouts, crash dieting, tweaker yoga, force vomiting, and even a distressing bear party! Along the way, he learns that physical ideals can change with the next pop culture trend, and even the revered six pack may not be enough to secure the most important love of all-his own. With razor sharp humor, writer-director Andy Bydalek creates a hilarious portrait of image-obsessed gay culture and shows what can happen when body-consciousness becomes-body fixation. Written by
Do you want to go on an eating disorder with me?
Sure, what are our options?
I hear bulimia's making a huge comeback.
Too much work.
And expensive. Let's just starve ourselves.
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Most of all, Skinnyfat is fun and funny. I love the characters and how they relate to each other. But also, it's nice to watch others going through similar (even if more extreme) attempts to stay young and fit and then realizing how difficult it is. The movie rightly makes light of thoughts and desires that we all take way too seriously.
I'd definitely recommend this movie to anyone who has been searching for that perfect diet, exercise program, or lifestyle change that promises to create a perfect human body. Or, if you think people like that are ridiculous, you'd probably enjoy Skinnyfat all the same. It definitely reminds us of how far fetched our expectations can be.
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