Phat Girlz (2006) - Rotten Tomatoes

Phat Girlz (2006)



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

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. Jazmin is becoming despondent when she gets some good news -- she's won an all-expenses paid trip for two to an exclusive resort in Palm Springs, and she and her best friend, Stacey (Kendra C. Johnson), another zaftig woman, head out to enjoy some fun and sun. While on vacation, Jazmin meets Tunde (Jimmy Jean-Louis), a handsome and successful doctor from Nigeria, and she discovers to her surprise that Tunde is strongly attracted to her. Tunde tells Jazmin than in his country, large women are considered beautiful, and his friend Akibo (Godfrey) is similarly drawn to Stacey. Will Jazmin's new luck in love follow into other parts of her life or is Tunde's interest in her just a passing fancy? Phat Girlz was the first feature film from writer and director Nnegest Likké.more
Rating: PG-13 (for sexual content and language, including some crude sexual references)
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Directed By:
Written By: Nnegest Likké
In Theaters:
On DVD: Aug 22, 2006
Box Office: $6.9M
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as Jazmin Biltmore
as Akibo
Dayo Ade
as Godwin
Jack Noseworthy
as Richard `Dick' Eckha...
Felix Pire
as Ramón
Eric Roberts
as Robert Myer
Charles Duckworth
as Jack the Order Taker
James Moses Black
as Nigerian Door Man
Kidigo Kennedy
as Nigerian Door Woman
Carla Jeffrey
as Jazmin (age 10)
Raven Goodwin
as Jazmin (age 13)
Sandra V. Watters
as Jazmin's Grandmother
Chet Anekwe
as Flirty Nigerian Man
Elise Muller
as President of Interna...
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Critic Reviews for Phat Girlz

All Critics (50) | Top Critics (16)

[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

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

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