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Heavy (1996)



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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.
R (adult situations/language, sex)
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Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

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Liv Tyler
as Callie
Deborah Harry
as Delores
Evan Dando
as Jeff
David Patrick Kelly
as Grey Man in Hospital
Marian Quinn
as Darlene
Meg Hartig
as Donna
George Alvarez
as Orderly
J.C. MacKenzie
as Gas Man
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Critic Reviews for Heavy

All Critics (28) | Top Critics (6)

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.

Full Review… | February 14, 2001
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

Mangold captures the nuances of life perfectly, and, by never cheapening his vision through facile resolutions, he fashions a memorable cinematic portrait.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Top Critic

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
Houston Chronicle
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Sun-Times
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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.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

Even the film's chanciest moments sustain an overall poignancy.

January 1, 2000
New York Times
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Heavy


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.

Lee Mayo
Lee Mayo

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 Mahler
Adam Mahler

Super Reviewer

The first film directed by James Mangold is not surprisingly very well done. It's a slow film, which adds very much to the story I think. Great acting from Pruitt Taylor Vince (also in Mangold's film Identity). The end of Heavy, especially with the dog and the faucet, is very moving.

Joseph Demme
Joseph Demme

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