Movie List
Loading ...
Find Theaters and Movie Times
Search Movies

Review: A Matter Of Size

One big charmer
By BRETT MICHEL  |  March 25, 2010
3.0 3.0 Stars

Director duo Sharon Maymon and Erez Tadmor have fashioned a look at a group of blue-collar Israeli men (and one woman) and how they came to accept who they are. Sounds like your usual coming-out tale, no? 

Except that they're not gay. (Well, one is.) They're fat. And getting fatter. Oh, and they're sumo wrestlers.

The 340-pound Herzl (former drag performer Itzik Cohen), who's shamed out of his weight-loss group, faces further indignity when he loses his job as a dining-room cook for being unpresentable. Taking a job as a dishwasher in a Japanese restaurant, Herzl discovers the joys of the gendai budo when a match being played on the eatery's TV leaves him spellbound. Soon the establishment's owner, Kitano (Togo Igawa), is reluctantly coaching Herzl and three of his friends, and the "fatsos in diapers" gradually earn the master's respect. Add a subplot of plus-sized romance and you're looking at a big charmer.

Related: Review: A Single Man, Review: It's Complicated, Review: The Young Victoria, More more >
  Topics: Reviews , Entertainment, Movies, Arts,  More more >
| More

Most Popular
Share this entry with Delicious
    Decades before women took center stage in the one-two punch of Ang Lee's Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon and Quentin Tarantino's Kill Bill , King Hu (1932-1997; the subject of a retrospective at the HFA) put swords in the hands of a soaring heroine in Come Drink with Me.
  •   REVIEW: EMPEROR  |  March 12, 2013
    Yes, Tommy Lee Jones plays the "supreme commander" of the US forces in this historical drama from Peter Webber ( Girl with a Pearl Earring ) that takes place after the Japanese surrender in World War II, and the Oscar winner puts in another towering performance.
  •   REVIEW: 21 AND OVER  |  March 05, 2013
    As one of the Asian stereotypes in this hit-or-(mostly)-miss comedy from writer/directors Jon Lucas and Scott Moore says, "Fuck kids these days. Every one of you is drunk, stupid, and fat."
  •   REVIEW: THE LAST EXORCISM PART II  |  March 06, 2013
    Now that the shaky-cam nonsense has been left behind, what remains are textureless, overlit, sub-TV-quality visuals that only accentuate the fact that our protagonist, Nell Sweetzer (Ashley Bell), is at least a decade older than the 17-year-old exorcised sect-escapee that she's playing.
  •   REVIEW: JACK THE GIANT SLAYER  |  March 06, 2013
    Stop me if you've heard this one before: a farm boy dreams of adventure, finds it, and falls in love with a princess along the way. (For everyone's sake, let's just hope she's not his sister.)

 See all articles by: BRETT MICHEL