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Fat movie review: prisoner of his own body (and mind)

There is fearlessness here, and uncomfortable raw honesty, but there’s also little opportunity to care about a man who pushes everyone, including us, away. I’m “biast” (pro): nothing

I’m “biast” (con): nothing

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

If there’s been a film like this one before, I’m not aware of it. Writer-director Mark Phinney, with his feature debut Fat, is unflinchingly frank about the physical problems faced by Bostonian Ken (Mel Rodriguez: Little Miss Sunshine) because of his extreme obesity. It’s not merely a few extra pounds Ken is carrying around: he’s sweating profusely and gasping for breath merely getting dressed in the morning, and his size makes it tough for him to clean himself, in the shower or after using the toilet, as Rodriguez’s fearlessness, which is naked both literally and figuratively, makes perfectly plain.

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