An uneven take on self-acceptance

Review C-

April 07, 2006|By HANH NGUYEN | HANH NGUYEN,ZAP2IT.COM

Phat Girlz is first-time feature writer/director Nnegest Likke's cinematic buffet about big women living in a "fattist" society. While the topic will invigorate the plus-sized population and is an overdue eye-opener for others, the film is unfortunately uneven and self-indulgent.

Comic Mo'Nique plays the full-figured Jazmin Biltmore, who's just a department store drone but wants to design attractive clothes for women her size. Problem is, she can't seem to make up her mind. On one hand, she champions the plump woman, but on the other, she's constantly dieting in hopes of finally wearing that size five dress hidden in her closet.

Phat Girlz (Fox Searchlight Pictures) Starring Mo'Nique, Joyful Drake, Kendra C. Johnson, Jimmy Jean-Louis. Directed by Nnegest Likke. Rated PG-13. Time 99 minutes.

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