Australia, we are informed, is in the grip of an obesity epidemic. Just go to your nearest mall to have it confirmed. You can’t argue with genes and some of us, by accident of birth, are programmed to be XL+, but fat people are usually fat because they eat and drink too much crap and don’t exercise. It’s dispiriting to see kids entering the cinema laden with jumbo Cokes and sugary, buttery, nutrition-free junk food, so if Amy Schuller’s self-important, unfunny rom-com is telling teenage girls that it is okay to look like blimps, that they are ‘beautiful’ too, it is doing them an awful disservice, for they are not – what they are is unhealthy. When assessing a movie, however, it’s important to remember that, no matter how unimpressed you may have been, there will always be somebody who loves it. Therefore, if you’ve no objection to a patronising, lecturing, ugly-duckling story, then this will be right up your alley. Renee (Schumer) is a ‘big girl’ who is sick and tired of glamours having all the fun and getting the best jobs. She enrols in a gym class and is knocked out when the bicycle she is riding collapses under her. Upon coming to, she looks in the mirror and is struck by her sexy fabulousness. Go you good chubster. The moral of the tale is a little undone when we find that Renee’s sole ambition has been to make it onto the red carpet with the owners and models of the cosmetic company for which she works. You don’t have to be Nostradamus to work out that Renee will eventually come to the profound understanding that she is who she is, that we are all who we are, and nobody should ever be hung up about that. Like most Hollywood films of this ilk, it is as bogus as, and the fact that writers/directors Abby Kohn and Marc Silverstein can’t allow their message-heavy diatribe to end without Schumer delivering a motherhood speech in the final scene is vomit-making.
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