Plus-sized Movies? 3 Movies I Wish that were made with Fat Chicks

3 Jan

Trying to find a Hollywood movie where a fat girl goes on adventures, saves the world and kisses a couple of guys along the way, is like trying to find the necklace you lost at the beach three days ago. I tried both with the same results.

111 Hollywood Sign

Well, there’s the famous Bridget Jones. But, come on, Renee Zellweger? Why take a tiny American actress, publicize her weight gain, and let her fake an accent? Why not take a British plus-sized actress in the first place? And if a movie features a girl bigger than a size 10, she’s never comfortable with it, like Bridget. Why does weight always need to play a such a big role?

I asked a friend of mine if she had any movie suggestions that would fit my idealistic criteria, and after some brainstorming, we came up with—nothing.

What I came up with was how cool it could have been if some of my favorite movies would have featured a plus-size chick. Let me share my list with you. It’s widely speculative, but these are my top three movies I wish that they would have been cast with a fat chick:

My first pick: The Fifth Element
Leeloo is sent to save Earth and she represents the fifth element—love. She’s naïve, feminine and a warrior. And she gets the guy in the end. I’d love to see a sci-fi flick with action, romance, spaceships and a larger-than-life plus-sized actress.

My second pick: The Pirates of the Caribbean
The scene where Elizabeth falls into the ocean and is rescued by Captain Sparrow would have made more sense if Elizabeth Swann had been a fat chick. Elizabeth wore a corset to achieve a smaller waist. She then fainted and fell into the ocean. (Sorry, but Keira Knightley’s waist is already so small, I had a hard time believing that she had problems wearing that corset.) What follows is pirates and adventure and swordfights. I’m pretty sure you could find an athletic actress that isn’t necessarily rail-thin but a bigger girl who could do an equally fantastic job.

My third pick: Pretty Woman
Just imagine the movie tag line: A rich businessman needs an escort and hires a beautiful, plus-sized hooker and they fall in love. Come on, doesn’t that sound like a blockbuster movie? No? Well, I’d go and watch that movie on a Saturday night.

Hollywood, are you listening? I think that there’s an audience for funny, upbeat and even action movies featuring women who are bigger than a size 10. The press would talk about it! People would want to see such a novelty! I understand if you don’t care for my idealism or fat acceptance, but there’s money to be made! Gosh, I’m really going for the hard sell.

Anyho, just to be clear, I like the above movies just fine as they are, and I’m not hating on Hollywood’s sample-size actresses. I’m just having a bit of fun playing what if.

So, what if you could recast a movie? Which one? Would you place a plus-sized actress in the leading role? Or do you know any movies that feature plus-sized women in a positive, upbeat way?

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4 Responses to “Plus-sized Movies? 3 Movies I Wish that were made with Fat Chicks”

  1. Amalfi Girl (EatRunHaveFun.blogspot) 01/03/2011 at 6:51 pm #

    This isn’t a blockbuster movie, but I liked how The Truth About Cats And Dogs focused on the shallow thing and how it wasn’t the model that the guy wanted in the end but rather the girl with whom he had an emotional and intellectual connection. My only problem was that I thought she was cute in that movie, and had absolutely no reason to be self-conscious. But they kind of touched on that, too, so I liked that.

    • Chickie 01/03/2011 at 7:00 pm #

      Thanks a bunch for the tip! I’ll be sure to check this one out. I actually don’t care if it’s not a big Hollywood movie. (Indie flicks are often much better anyway.)

  2. portlandsfunnygirl 01/06/2011 at 12:41 am #

    Great article Chickie~!

    Here are a couple picks that may not be leading ladies *~BUT~* hold their own in the story plot

    Lula in the Stephanie Plum novels. She’s a riot~! And a true example of not only a New Jersey Girl but proud of her plus size body. Picturing her wardrobe however… is a WHOLE nother image I don’t want to cross LOL. I dunno, I guess you have to read the book to understand. 🙂

    “Then I had to decide if I needed to wear shoes that kicked ass or were good for ass kicking, on account of there’s a difference you know.” 😛 lolol

    • Chickie 01/06/2011 at 7:30 pm #

      I’ve never read a Plum novel, but heard good things before! So, now that you recom. it too, I’ll have to pick up the first one in the series. My to-read pile is quite high, though, lol. Thanks for the tip!!

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