Phat Girlz

2006

Phat Girlz

Critics Consensus

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

22%

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Total Count: 46

65%

Audience Score

User Ratings: 67,230
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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.

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Cast

Mo'Nique
as Jazmin Biltmore
Godfrey
as Akibo
Dayo Ade
as Godwin
Jack Noseworthy
as Richard `Dick' Eckhard
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 International Medical Association
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Critic Reviews for Phat Girlz

All Critics (46) | Top Critics (15) | Fresh (10) | Rotten (36)

  • [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.

    Apr 13, 2006 | Full Review…

    Mark Olsen

    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

    Apr 13, 2006 | Rating: C-

    Scott Tobias

    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.

    Apr 12, 2006 | Rating: D | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Apr 11, 2006
  • Barely written and stiffly directed by Nnegest Likké, Phat Girlz is an undernourished comedy about a sassy, overweight heroine.

    Apr 10, 2006 | Rating: 1.5/5
  • A thin comedy about a size-plus heroine.

    Apr 10, 2006

    Joe Leydon

    Variety
    Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Phat Girlz

  • Feb 07, 2010
    What was I thinking watching this? It was a funny movie to mock for, but what's it about? fat people are better? Hello ever heard about disease, like diabetes? heart attack? Monique is annoying, I haven't watch her so called oscar movie 'Precious' yet, but she is truly annoying here.
    Cancelled U Super Reviewer
  • Jan 25, 2008
    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 M Super Reviewer
  • Dec 21, 2007
    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 W Super Reviewer
  • Aug 07, 2007
    Uh, yeah like this is gonna happen.
    Jessica O Super Reviewer

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