Jimmy Winterpock at age fourteen is 5'5 and weighs 188 pounds. Outside the comfort of his family and church, life for Jimmy is a constant struggle. The cruel taunts of his classmates make ...
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Ken is a man that won't change his ways. Addicted to food, and bad health in general, he is headed on a one way path to an early grave. Despite help from his friends, he does what he wants,... See full summary »
Jimmy Winterpock at age fourteen is 5'5 and weighs 188 pounds. Outside the comfort of his family and church, life for Jimmy is a constant struggle. The cruel taunts of his classmates make going to school or playing sports a humiliating experience. Yet, he still manages to focus on his goals; to lose weight and win over the girl of his dreams.Written by
Michael Buchanan and Diane Lang
This film is seriously awful. Yes, not ALL movies can be these high budget star powered features but that does not mean a script should lack standards in every way possible or that viewers should simply cheapen their standards as moviegoers. As many have pointed out the acting is one HUGE problem. Ordinarily I try to forgive acting if the script is at least decent but the greatest actor in the world could not make the ridiculous dialogue in this movie work. I haven't rolled my eyes this much during a film in a long time. There is no characterization at all but rather basic 1-0-1 caricatures of the typical high school scene. Ultimately this film does not work because it contains characters we know nothing about and basically no real story. The only interesting character and only slightly decent actor in this film is the main character's best friend and even his story goes nowhere. This film plays out like a desperate platform to point out all things teenagers go through without having the courage to really dig deep. It's a very boring, surfaced approach. There's the typical jock who isn't good at academia, the dark goth girl who reads all the time and cuts herself, the fat kid who is self conscious and wants acceptance, the embarrassed sibling, the other fat kid (who in this film we literally know nothing about)...all the parts are there but it seems only because the writers are taking from other films that do it much better. In the end the movie basically rewards conformity instead of individuality. Losing weight for health reasons is fine but this movie really pushes the notion that if you want to be accepted then don't be fat and with that being any overweight person's motivation realistically they will NEVER be successful with fitting in if they're not losing weight for themselves first and foremost. There will always be bullies somewhere pointing out another flaw. The character never really stands his ground but instead just keeps trying to become what he thinks others want. Eventually yes, things change but ridiculously so. Over time the jock warms up to the main character but note only AFTER the main overweight kid helps him start passing math. Why couldn't the jock simply start to try to understand the overweight kid somehow and then see life through his eyes? Oh but that would require characterization. There are many movies who take on this subject matter and do it the right way with characters that act unexpectedly but who surprise us REALISTICALLY. I would suggest obviously "Angus" as one to see instead of this film and also I think "Lucas" and the original "Karate Kid" are a couple others that contain much stronger scripts and realistic approaches.
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