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Phat Girlz (2006)


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

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

Average Rating: 4/10
Reviews Counted: 15
Fresh: 4
Rotten: 11

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


Average Rating: 3.2/5
User Ratings: 67,154


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. … More

PG-13 (for sexual content and language, including some crude sexual references)
Comedy , Romance
Directed By:
Written By:
Nnegest Likké
In Theaters:
Aug 22, 2006
Box Office:
Fox Searchlight - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for Phat Girlz

All Critics (50) | Top Critics (16) | 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.

Full Review… | April 13, 2006
L.A. Weekly
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | April 13, 2006
AV Club
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | April 12, 2006
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

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
Top Critic

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
Top Critic

A thin comedy about a size-plus heroine.

Full Review… | April 10, 2006
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | September 17, 2007

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.

Full Review… | March 1, 2007
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
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

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

Full Review… | May 28, 2006
3BlackChicks Review

looks cheap and falls apart after the first act.

Full Review… | April 29, 2006
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

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

Full Review… | April 12, 2006
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.

Full Review… | April 10, 2006

Just a protracted fat joke.

Full Review… | April 10, 2006

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

Full Review… | April 10, 2006
St. Paul Pioneer Press

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

April 10, 2006

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.

Nicki Marie

Super Reviewer


Good-natured and fairly tolerable.

William Goss

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.

Quinto Wallight

Super Reviewer


Leo L

Super Reviewer

Phat Girlz Quotes

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

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