In our lord year 2022, I regret to announce that the entertainment industry is still bad at handling on-screen fat. Skinny actors don’t wear fat clothes because heaven forbids a real fat person from playing the lead role, fat characters are often relegated to inspirational TV series or porn, and didn’t even get me started “fat as tragedy” trend. Despite the fact that “Heavyweights” is a movie about kids at a fat camp being tormented by an obese fitness psychopath, the fat and fat body was never treated. like a punch. Even as Ben Stiller delivers the best performance of his career with sassy and ruthless descriptions of their raucous frames, the film has never been on the side of the obese jerks. .
As a kid, I watched “Heavyweights” non-stop with my friends, felt seen and affirmed by the campers, and vindicated when those who treated them cruelly were held accountable. . That’s because deep down, I know that “Heavyweights” is just a movie. The poetic justice that I so desperately crave in my real life may never happen. The bullies will continue to call me “fat,” and they will ignore that at best and be encouraged to continue at worst.
As an adult, I watched “Heavyweights” and found the film to be a groundbreaking addition to the cinematic rule about fat people for daring to admit that the plan to lose weight is harmful, that agoraphobia is cruel and irritating. Your body size has absolutely nothing to do with your character gauge. None of this should be revolutionary, but nearly 30 years later, very few films can light the humanistic candle for “Heavyweights.”
https://www.slashfilm.com/967764/the-daily-stream-heavyweights-understood-fat-characters-better-in-1995-than-hollywood-does-today/ Fat characters were considered heavyweights in 1995 better than Hollywood today