The Fat Boy Chronicles 2010
Not Rated | 1h 18min | Drama | 21 November 2010 (USA)
Jimmy Winterpock at age fourteen is 5’5 and weighs 188 pounds. Outside the comfort of his family and church, life for Jimmy is a constant struggle. The cruel taunts of his classmates make going to school or playing sports a humiliating experience. Yet, he still manages to focus on his goals; to lose weight and win over the girl of his dreams.
As a child, I was bullied for the same reasons as the main character. I didn’t like how everything suddenly became okay in the end. Life is not like that, you can’t just decide to change things and have them eventually be okay. There are always bullies, there are always people being put down for one reason or another. One movie is not going to change that. But I suppose it is a start.
One thing I really disliked about the story is the characters made changes to fit in with society. Real courage, in my opinion, occurs when someone stands their ground, plants their feet, raises their voice and shouts “I will not change to better fit your perceptions of NORMAL!” We are all human, beautiful as we are both inside and out. I don’t like preachy movies that tell you to gain acceptance by losing weight if you’re fat. Sometimes, problems go a lot deeper than that. It can take years of counseling to erase the psychological scars of peer torture, poor self body image, and depression. Better to love ourselves FIRST and THEN affect change (if so we choose) because that is REAL change, not transient.
There were a lot of positive messages in the movie, however, which I suppose was the point. To me, any of the good was lost in the profound naivete this movie showed about high school and real life situations in particular.
Director: Jason Winn
Writers: Michael Buchanan (screenplay), Diane Lang (screenplay)
Stars: Christopher Rivera, Kelly Washington, Chris Bert
Release Date: 21 November 2010 (USA)
Also Known As: The Fat Boy Chronicles
Filming Locations: Newnan, Georgia, USA
Format : MPEG-4
Format profile : Base Media
Codec ID : isom (isom/iso2/avc1/mp41)
File size : 1.48 GiB
Duration : 1 h 17 min
Overall bit rate : 2 727 kb/s