As the story opens, we see Lydia in her Fat Acceptance Group and hear the anger, pain, and frustration shared by all of the members. They are shocked when Darcy, an anorexic-looking woman comes in and asks to join the group because she feels fat, too. The two lonely women begin a tentative friendship based on their mutual isolation from mainstream society, but their years of rejection may keep them from really being comfortable with each other.
The movie starts out looking like a documentary or a reality show, but soon takes a dramatic turn as we get to know spunky, troubled Lydia and morose Darcy. Women of all sizes can relate to the pressure to be perfect and the misery of those obsessed with compulsive overeating or starving. The movie does not resolve any issues and there are no magical make-overs; it just brings an important subject to light and opens it up for discussion.
I think the writer/director made the most with a budget of $50K, but it still looks like a student film. The dialogue is sometimes dull and the sound quality is poor as is the photography. Most of all, the actors, while earnest, were simply not good enough to make me forget I was watching a cheap movie. On the plus side, the movie does bring to light a very serious problem plaguing millions who wonder everyday, "What good am I if I'm not perfect?"
3 stars for a good effort.
The world judges them; do they also judge each other?
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