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Phat Girlz (2006)

Cast: Mo'Nique, Mo'Nique, Jimmy Jean-Louis, more...
Director: Nnegest Likké, Nnegest Likké
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Studio: 20th Century Fox
Genre: Comedies
Running Time: 98 min.
Languages: English, Spanish, French
Subtitles: English, Spanish
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A woman makes it her business to convince the world that bigger is better in this comedy. Jazmin Biltmore (Mo'Nique) is a plus-size woman trying to find a place in the skin-and-bones world of high fashion. Jazmin has her heart set on launching her own line of clothes for large ladies, but she hasn't had much luck convincing the moneymen that there's a market for her work. Jazmin is also looking for love, but she finds that few men are willing to look past her dress size and see the woman within. Jazmin is becoming despondent when she gets some good news -- she's won an all-expenses paid trip for two to an exclusive resort in Palm Springs, and she and her best friend, Stacey (Kendra C. Johnson), another zaftig woman, head out to enjoy some fun and sun. While on vacation, Jazmin meets Tunde (Jimmy Jean-Louis), a handsome and successful doctor from Nigeria, and she discovers to her surprise that Tunde is strongly attracted to her. Tunde tells Jazmin than in his country, large women are considered beautiful, and his friend Akibo (Godfrey) is similarly drawn to Stacey. Will Jazmin's new luck in love follow into other parts of her life or is Tunde's interest in her just a passing fancy? Phat Girlz was the first feature film from writer and director Nnegest Likké. ~ Mark Deming, All Movie Guide

GreenCine Member Reviews

Wish-Fulfillment for Fatties by talltale August 29, 2006 - 3:03 PM PDT
2 out of 6 members found this review helpful
"You'll never be a size 5," cautions the hunky hero to Mo'Nique in the incompetent, mindless and probably dangerous PHAT GIRLZ. Fair enough, but perhaps the guy--he's a doctor for Christ sake!--should have warned her of the health hazards when she reaches size 50, which the woman appears to be nearing. It's one thing to make a movie about a heavyweight who finds love and quite another to gift her in the process with fame, fortune and the most gorgeous guy in Africa--without her having to do anything more than learn to "love" herself. Yeah, right.

Mo'Nique was terrific in "Domino," but here, saddled (probably her own doing) with a sweet, nice, put-upon heroine role (the J Lo syndrome), she comes off as mostly silly. I'm all for empowerment and self-acceptance, but not at the cost of health and intelligence--neither a shred of which this movie appears to possess. Even the DVD box is a cheat: From what we see in the movie, the star looks like she dropped a hundred pounds to pose for this cover art. Hmmm... Still trying for that size 5, are we? Some empowerment.

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