Warning: May contain spoilers!
I watched the film Fat Girls for the first time a couple of days ago...a film I have wanted to see ever since I first read about it being in production (over a year ago). And, whilst not all its scenes are entirely successful, or necessary for driving the 'plot' forward, I rather enjoyed it as a whole.
On the other hand, Fat Girls often feels a lot less self-conscious than such films as Napolean Dynamite (the characters here are not so 'special', are more just regular, gawky teens) or Juno (with its contrived one-liners and pretentious, if good, soundtrack). The fact that it is a little bit dreadful in parts could hardly be more apt...the film itself seems a tad awkward, as if it is finding its own identity, just like its characters. There is a scene in church that perfectly captures this, followed by a scene with Rodney wiping his mouth on a Star Spangled Banner in front of a room full of Sunday School children - a blink-and-you-may-miss-it moment that is a brilliant touch. Somewhat less brilliant is the character of Joey...an English (although he sounds more German!), slutty twink.
Rodney, in the final moments of the movie, concludes that "Being a fat girl is being comfortable being yourself. I finally found my inner fat girl. And I like her - she's totally cool." It's just a shame that he had to wind up in bed with his teacher to discover this...that just plays to all the nasty stereotypes out there!
Watch if you like: Napolean Dynamite, My First Mister, Juno, Welcome to the Dollhouse, Ghost World.
Contemplating My Navel - ChubbyGirl27 (Emily)
Emily - The Darlings (look out for more from the fantastic wee POP! records later this week)
Emily - Adam Green
A Fat Rant - joynash1 (Joy)
Totally Awesome - joynash1
Joy - PJ Harvey
Joy - Lucinda Williams (you should also search out the fab Bettye Lavette version of this, from her brilliant covers album I Got My Own Hell To Raise, if you haven't already heard it)
Plastik - a fat positive, animated take on body image and the media