Heavy

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With Pruitt Taylor Vince's naturalistic performance and sympathetic direction from James Mangold, Heavy soars as an affecting exploration of loneliness.

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Movie Info

This character drama, set in a local pub in rural New York State, focuses on the lives, thoughts, and emotions of a group of social outcasts. The lead misfit is Victor, a shy and very rotund man in his '30s who works as a pizza maker in a roadside inn. His mother, Dolly owns the establishment. She dominates his life. The senior waitress there is Dolores, an aging woman with a reputation for being easy. Dolores is resentful when Dolly hires the vivacious teenager Callie, who is in love with Jeff, a garage mechanic. Victor develops a painful crush on Callie and fantasizes about rescuing her from a life with Jeff. To help himself, he begins to diet and enrolls at a chef school. His mother becomes suddenly ill. Then Delores makes a pass at him, but he doesn't respond. He does however, feel emboldened to make a play for Callie. His actions lead him into a new world of expression.

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Critic Reviews for Heavy

All Critics (28) | Top Critics (6) | Fresh (24) | Rotten (4)

  • A small, quiet miracle of a movie in which tenderness, compassion and insight combine to create a tension that yields a quality of perception that's almost painful to experience.

    February 14, 2001 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • You've been in places like this. You linger over a second cup of coffee and people-watch, trying to guess the secrets of the sad-eyed waitress and the drunk at the bar and the pizza cook who looks like he's serving a sentence.

    January 1, 2000 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
  • Mangold captures the nuances of life perfectly, and, by never cheapening his vision through facile resolutions, he fashions a memorable cinematic portrait.

    January 1, 2000 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
  • Even the film's chanciest moments sustain an overall poignancy.

    January 1, 2000 | Rating: 3.5/5
  • Even at 80 minutes, Heavy would have been weighted with redundancies. So you can imagine what happened on the way to making it 105 minutes long.

    January 1, 2000
  • Mangold's sympathy is genuine and his refusal to mock or condescend to his characters -- indeed, that may be the point of the film -- is a pleasure.

    January 1, 2000 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Heavy

  • Mar 08, 2008
    Evan Dando as the boyfriend does all the sensitive-right things but is phony-wrong for her; not sure if the movie is like him; good lighting & music
    Adam M Super Reviewer
  • Jun 04, 2007
    A very special, simple and emotional film. You'll be bored though... 54/100
    Edgar C Super Reviewer
  • Apr 09, 2007
    I don't really like Liv Tyler and Pruitt Taylor Vince makes me shudder, so I found very little to like about this movie. There was absolutely nothing special about it. I almost don't even remember watching it, it was so nondescript. Instead of watching this, just stare at a blank wall and invent a movie in your head.
    Emily A Super Reviewer

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