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Phat Girlz (2006)

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23

Average Rating: 3.8/10
Reviews Counted: 43
Fresh: 10 | Rotten: 33

Although Phat Girlz has good intentions, it is sloppily made and thin on laughs.

29

Average Rating: 4/10
Critic Reviews: 14
Fresh: 4 | Rotten: 10

Although Phat Girlz has good intentions, it is sloppily made and thin on laughs.

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64

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Average Rating: 3.2/5
User Ratings: 67,091

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Movie Info

A woman makes it her business to convince the world that bigger is better in this comedy. Jazmin Biltmore (Mo'Nique) is a plus-size woman trying to find a place in the skin-and-bones world of high fashion. Jazmin has her heart set on launching her own line of clothes for large ladies, but she hasn't had much luck convincing the moneymen that there's a market for her work. Jazmin is also looking for love, but she finds that few men are willing to look past her dress size and see the woman within.

PG-13,

Comedy

Nnegest Likké

Aug 22, 2006

$6.9M

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All Critics (50) | Top Critics (15) | Fresh (10) | Rotten (33) | DVD (6)

[Mo'Nique's] sassy forte may be talking so straight-up she sounds crazy, but she seems a little advanced to be doing 'yo mama' jokes.

April 13, 2006 Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly
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Jazmin's so fat that the movie reduces her to a single discernible characteristic, which is a telltale mark of many a wholly awful comedy.

April 12, 2006 Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly
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The first word of the movie's title stands for Pretty Hot and Thick. The second word is never spelled out, but it could mean Good Intentions Ruined by Lousy Zingers.

April 11, 2006
Hollywood Reporter
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Barely written and stiffly directed by Nnegest Likké, Phat Girlz is an undernourished comedy about a sassy, overweight heroine.

April 10, 2006
New York Times
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A thin comedy about a size-plus heroine.

April 10, 2006 Full Review Source: Variety
Variety
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The film is amateurishly directed and sluggishly paced with an anorexic plot. Even the photography, sound and costumes are substandard.

April 10, 2006
New York Post
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It does suffer ... from actually having way too much heart and not enough soul, its identity lost far beneath its ambitions for affirmation.

September 17, 2007 Full Review Source: Cinematical
Cinematical

Although Phat Girlz...looks to have been made on a shoestring, with muddy, unflattering lighting (by two cinematographers), there is nonetheless something to be commended here.

March 1, 2007 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

Almost stunning in its determination to be the ultimate wish-fulfillment fantasy vehicle for plus-sized African-American women...

August 11, 2006 | Comment (1)
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

Skinny on plot, story, directing and some of the acting.

May 28, 2006 Full Review Source: 3BlackChicks Review
3BlackChicks Review

looks cheap and falls apart after the first act.

April 29, 2006 Full Review Source: New Times
New Times

even though this movie is a bit of a mess, it turns out to be unexpectedly sweet and funny. Its very amateurishness gives it freshness and authenticity.

April 13, 2006
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies

While it's a pleasure to watch the likeable Kendra Johnson open up and come out of her shell, Phat Girlz belongs to Mo'Nique, a grating, belligerent woman who alternates self-deprecating fat jokes with drama-queen meltdowns and simpering pleas for

April 13, 2006 Full Review Source: AV Club
AV Club

Uneven but lovable, "Phat Girlz" comes strutting on to the screen. As well it should.

April 12, 2006 Full Review
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)

Outrageous comedy? damn right!!! I'm outraged that there's no comedy here AT ALL!!!!

April 11, 2006
Greenwich Village Gazette

I'm recommending it, barely, because I think it speaks pretty well to a certain audience and does so from the heart.

April 10, 2006 Full Review Source: EricDSnider.com
EricDSnider.com

Just a protracted fat joke.

April 10, 2006 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com | Comment (1)
Filmcritic.com

As the title hints, Phat Girlz is a plus-sized Cinderella.

April 10, 2006 Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press
St. Paul Pioneer Press

A slapdash female empowerment comedy that's crudely executed on every level.

April 10, 2006
Reel.com

Audience Reviews for Phat Girlz

Better than I expected, (which was to have to turn it off twenty minutes into the film!). I'm not sure the message was that great, as let's face it, to be that overweight is actually a health issue, (and I am not having a go - I know some people really do struggle with their weight or have a genuine problem with it), but look, for what it was, which was a comedy aimed at bigger women as an ego boost, it was surprisingly watchable and even had a few laughs to it, even if it was verging on size-ist at times (Which was pretty bizarre to be "thin bashed"LOL). The whole thing is totally far fetched, but it has a niceness to it so I was able to look past that.
October 26, 2008
romy861

Super Reviewer

Good-natured and fairly tolerable.
November 7, 2006
wbgoose13

Super Reviewer

So, this movie wants to make fun of fat girls (oh, snap, her clothes are too small! she only wants donuts!) but at the same time make you skinny bitch feel bad for laughing. I still can't believe I never change the channel whenever it's on 4379 times a week.
February 3, 2010
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Quinto Wallight

Super Reviewer

Fantastic!
December 23, 2007
iLeo
Leo L

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    1. Banker: If finding a date is a problem, may I suggest Jenny Craig?
    – Submitted by Denmark H (20 months ago)
    1. Tunde: My wife? The last time I checked I'm still a single man.
    2. Jazmin Biltmore: The woman who answered the door ain't your wife?
    3. Tunde: No she's not. She's one of the housekeepers.
    4. Jazmin Biltmore: And her baby?
    5. Tunde: I delivered the baby but have nothing to do with conception.
    – Submitted by Johanna Crus C (21 months ago)
    1. Jazmin Biltmore: I hate skinny bitches!
    – Submitted by Johanna Crus C (21 months ago)
    1. Jazmin Biltmore: I swear these clothes are shrinkin'!
    – Submitted by Johanna Crus C (21 months ago)
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