A Matter of Size (2010)
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Critic Reviews for A Matter of Size
Those elements make it hard to slot the movie into the happy category of quirky charmer and yet, while intriguing, they are never significant enough for the film to take on a larger personality.
An amusingly lightweight Israeli comedy about rebellious fatties who decide to use their heft for a greater purpose, A Matter of Size will have you ordering your popcorn with extra butter and refusing to feel guilty about it.
While the story may take place in working-class Israel in the 21st century, rejection is universal. So are most attempts to come to terms with it. Still, there's more than a little novelty value in the choices its characters make.
Herzl's approach might not be great for one's cholesterol or blood pressure, but it brings up an intriguing idea, one that isn't talked about often...: Maybe it would be better to be fat and happy than thin and miserable.
Part sports drama, part love story, this sweetly absurd tale of forlorn blue-collar guys pursuing a difficult goal... recalls audience-pleasing fare such as The Full Monty.
Audience Reviews for A Matter of Size
This is in fact more a drama about self-acceptance than the comedy it is being labeled as, and it is much more efficient in its decent first half than after, when we are left with a pile of clichés and artificial conflicts that really make this a pretty forgettable movie.
"A Matter of Size" is a thoughtful Israeli comedy which deals with the serious issues of identity, self image, obesity and finding our true selves. With deft direction and a light touch, all of these issues are presented through the vehicle of sumo wrestling. This is a clever film. You must read quickly if you don't know Hebrew. Subtitles are in a faint white print and speed by. Much of the humor if physical and visual, but the nuances of the language may be a challenge.for some. The ensemble cast is simply a joy! This is a fine film, well worth watching. Its message has universal appeal! Bravo to all! I wouldn't mind watching it again!
Charming comedy about people well into their lives recognizing and beginning to accept who they are. (And not just in the ways you might expect.)
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