PHAT GIRLZ: DVD
Jazmin Biltmore (Mo'Nique) works in Los Angeles department store Bloomsdales and is tired of the skinny fashions she can't get into and the skinny women who can. She has designed her own range of clothes for big girls, but can't get through to senior buyer Robert Myer (Eric Roberts) to show them. When she wins a 5 star resort holiday at Palm Springs, she and her two friends Stacey (Kendra C. Johnson) and Mia (Joyful Drake) meet up with visiting Nigerian doctors attending a medical convention. For the first time, Jazmin is wooed and prized by Dr Tunde (Jimmy Jean-Louis) whose culture admires 'thick madames'. While she botches the budding romance, Jazmin is inspired to greater self confidence, and on her return to Bloomsdales, she pushes her way into Robert Myer's presence, who eagerly takes her designs. And her designs on Dr Tunde take her to Lagos to try and mend the broken affair.
Review by Andrew L. Urban:
A frothy attempt at empowering large women (black or white, by the way, though focused on black), Phat Girlz tells a story in which Mo'Nique represents all those large size women who hate small size fashions and the women who wear them. Jazmin is sassy and talented, but ever since school, she's been put down and excluded. Now she's getting revenge - she ends up successful and she gets a successful, handsome doctor into bed for long term canoodling.
Pay no mind to the conflicting messages which warn of obesity - they have no place in this film. This film celebrates BIG bodies, drawing on Nigerian culture, where 'thick madames' are regarded as successful, desirable beings. But nobody watches Phat Girlz for educational purposes, so let's not kid ourselves; it's a raunchy romp that takes us on exciting locations, builds a satisfying romantic scenario while peddling its body size politics in full view.
It isn't a heavyweight movie, though, and there are lots of diversions into comedy, as well as a couple of dramatic episodes to make sure there is enough gravitas in the topic to make it feel real.
And for a bit of extras fun, catch the bloopers and alternate/deleted scenes.
Published October 25, 2007
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PHAT GIRLZ: DVD (M)
CAST: Mo'nique, Jimmy Jean-Louis, Godfrey, Kendra C. Johnson, Joyful Drake, Dayo Ade, Jack Noseworthy, Felix Pire, Eric Roberts
PRODUCER: Steven Imes, Robert F. Newmeyer, Steven J. Wolfe
DIRECTOR: Nnegest Likké
SCRIPT: Nnegest Likké
CINEMATOGRAPHER: John L. Demps Jr, Deal Lent
EDITOR: Zack Arnold
MUSIC: Stephen Endelman
PRODUCTION DESIGN: Natasha Baumgardner, Warren Alan Young
RUNNING TIME: 99 minutes
SPECIAL FEATURES: Deleted & alternate scenes; bloopers
DVD DISTRIBUTOR: Fox Home Entertainment
DVD RELEASE: August 29, 2007