A Matter of Size (2010)



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A Matter of Size is an Israeli comedy (yes, comedy!) like nothing you've seen before, a hilarious and heart-warming tale about about a coming out of a different kind: four overweight guys who learn to love themselves through the Japanese sport of sumo wrestling! Herzl (Itzik Cohen) has been struggling with his weight ever since he was young, and his overbearing mother made it no easier on him. His friends Aharon (Dvir Benedek) and Gidi (Alon Dahan) struggle with the issue of weight in their personal lives as well; from fear of losing a spouse to a "thinner" man, to coming out as a gay bear. When Herzl loses his job as a cook and starts washing dishes in a Japanese restaurant, he discovers the world of Sumo, where large people such as himself are honored and appreciated. Through the restaurant owner Kitano (Togo Igawa), a former Japanese Sumo coach (supposedly hiding from the Yakuza in Israel) , Herzl and his friends fall in love with a sport involving "two fatsos in diapers and girly hairdos". However, Herzl's dedication to this demanding men-only sport threatens his budding relationship with Zehava (Irit Kaplan), a plus-size social worker.
Comedy , Drama , Sports & Fitness
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Itzik Cohen
as Herzl
Dvir Benedek
as Aharon
Alon Dahan
as Gidi
Togo Igawa
as Kitano
Irit Kaplan
as Zehava
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Critic Reviews for A Matter of Size

All Critics (13) | Top Critics (6)

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.

Full Review… | March 24, 2011
Globe and Mail
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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.

Full Review… | March 24, 2011
Toronto Star
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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.

October 14, 2010
Seattle Times
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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.

Full Review… | July 6, 2010
Washington Post
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | March 23, 2010
Top Critic

We're meant to like these men, and we do, more or less, but they've been simplified for easy digestion.

Full Review… | March 18, 2010
Boston Globe
Top Critic

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.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer


"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!

Jerry Kane
Jerry Kane

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.)

Michael Harbour
Michael Harbour

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