Before and After (1979)

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An overweight housewife has to confront her weight problem when her husband leaves her because of it. She has a happily married and overweight friend and an unhappily thin, engaged friend ... See full summary »

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4 March 2004 | richard.fuller1
Dreadful Movie
Avoid at All Costs. Do not watch this thing without some idea of what it is going to say and do. I would watch this horrible movie one Sunday morning and didn't catch the title and had no clear idea what it was about.

Patty Duke is a woman whose husband left her. She is overweight. She has an obese friend, played by Conchata Farrel, and a thin friend, played by Barbara Feldon. In the end, Farrel is happy and Feldon collapses from starvation.

Believable message, but the problem is Patty Duke was never fat! She may have put on some weight, she wore sweats in this thing, but the woman was never overweight. In comparison to Barbara Feldon, a coat hanger is overweight.

This movie was sending all the wrong messages with implications that Duke was obese. She wasn't.

There would even be a young man who found the overweight Duke attractive and did a nude drawing of a large woman. The drawing wasn't of Kate Smith, that's for sure.

This film sent terrible, terrible messages all way around. Duke is a small woman. She doesn't have a frame being fantastically obese.

Always detour from watching this one.

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