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"PHAT GIRLZ"
(2006) (Mo'Nique, Jimmy Jean-Louis) (PG-13)

Alcohol/
Drugs
Blood/Gore Disrespectful/
Bad Attitude
Frightening/
Tense Scenes
Guns/
Weapons
Moderate Minor Heavy None None
Imitative
Behavior
Jump
Scenes
Music
(Scary/Tense)
Music
(Inappropriate)
Profanity
Moderate None None Moderate Heavy
Sex/
Nudity
Smoking Tense Family
Scenes
Topics To
Talk About
Violence
Extreme None None Moderate Mild


QUICK TAKE:
Comedy: A plus-size woman tries to deal with her size and self-image, all while being courted by a Nigerian doctor who sees her as nothing but beautiful.
PLOT:
Jazmin Biltmore (MO'NIQUE) is a plus-size single woman who lives with her super-slim, but buxom cousin Mia (JOYFUL DRAKE) and works at a department store with her best friend and fellow overweight woman Stacey (KENDRA C. JOHNSON) alongside the highly effeminate Ramón (FELIX PIRE). Jazmin dreams of one day showing her fashion designs for women her size to clothing line buyer Robert Myer (ERIC ROBERTS), but her immediate boss Richard "Dick" Eckhard (JACK NOSEWORTHY) doesn't think she has the talent or abilities.

In a world where only the trim are considered beautiful and desirable, Stacey and especially Jazmin feel completely out of place, and their love lives have been anything but active of recent. That's about to change when Jazmin wins a spa package at a luxurious resort and soon she, Stacey and Mia set off for it. While they still encounter the same attitudes from others about their bodies, they get some unexpected but quite welcome attention from several Nigerian doctors, Tunde (JIMMY JEAN-LOUIS), Akibo (GODFREY) and Godwin (DAYO ADE), who are in town for a medical conference.

To Tunde and his friends, Jazmin and Stacey are the ideal sized women, while Mia seems malnourished and undesirable. The two women can't believe what's happening, but quickly accept the favorable attention. From that point on, and as the men try to help the women break out of their self-imposed social shells, Jazmin must contend with her contrasting views of herself and her place in the world, all while hoping to make a scene in the fashion biz.

WILL KIDS WANT TO SEE IT?
If they're fans of someone in the cast or are looking for a comedy about plus-size women, they just might.
WHY THE MPAA RATED IT: PG-13
For sexual content and language, including some crude sexual references.
CAST AS ROLE MODELS:
  • MO'NIQUE plays a plus-size woman who blames her misfortune in the dating world on her size. She hopes to become a fashion designer for women her size, but lacks the confidence. She uses profanity, drinks, and finds herself falling for Tunde.
  • KENDRA C. JOHNSON plays her best friend, co-worker and fellow plus-size woman who's brought out of her shell by Akibo with whom she has passionate sex. She uses some profanity.
  • JOYFUL DRAKE plays Jazmin's slim cousin who's supportive of her, but is distraught when Tunde and the others don't view her as attractive (based on her body type). She uses profanity and drinks (sometimes to the point of intoxication).
  • JIMMY JEAN-LOUIS plays a Nigerian doctor who falls for Jazmin, likes her for her size and tries to make her comfortable with that and her overall view of herself and her place in the world.
  • GODFREY plays his associate and friend who takes a liking to Stacey and ends up having passionate sex with her.
  • DAYO ADE plays their other associate who isn't happy to be paired up with the slim Mia.
  • FELIX PIRE plays Jazmin and Stacey's effeminate coworker.
  • JACK NOSEWORTHY plays the ladies' department store boss who doesn't think Jazmin has what it takes to be a fashion designer.
  • ERIC ROBERTS plays a clothing line buyer for the department store.
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    OUR WORD TO PARENTS:
    The following is a brief summary of the content found in this comedy that's been rated PG-13. Profanity consists of at least 1 "f" word, while other expletives and colorful phrases are uttered. Sexually related dialogue is present, as are several sexual encounters and other making out (shot in a way to preserve the PG-13 rating, but rather steamy nevertheless, including movement, sounds and barely covered nudity in a bubble bath encounter montage). Various people (mostly women, but a few men) are seen in various forms of revealing, tight and/or scanty attire, showing varying amounts of skin (including lots of cleavage and female buttocks in thong bottoms, etc.).

    Various characters have varying degrees of bad attitudes, while some of that and other behavior may be enticing for some kids to imitate (including various verbal cut-downs). Some characters drink (one to the point of brief drunkenness several times), while two punches are thrown and some other contact is present (all played for comedy). Thematic elements include female body image, dieting and such.

    Should you still be concerned about the film's appropriateness for yourself or anyone else in your home, you may want to look more closely at our detailed listings for more specific information regarding the film's content.

    For those prone to visually induced motion sickness, there's some shaky handheld camera movement in the film.


    ALCOHOL OR DRUG USE
  • People drink at a club, including Jazmin who quickly downs two shots and then orders another. Mia appears to be drunk and orders a Cosmopolitan.
  • Mia has a drink as do others at a pool bar.
  • We see a quick image of Mia in a bathtub (nothing seen) holding a bottle of champagne or wine and saying she thinks she's going to be sick (presumably from being drunk).
  • Miscellaneous people have drinks at a dinner.
  • People drink in a bar/club where Stacey and Jazmin have drinks bought for them by others.
  • Jazmin, Stacey and Mia celebrate with champagne.
  • BLOOD/GORE
  • We see a series of flashback images where young Jazmin punches another kid for taunting her (the kid has a bloody nose).
  • DISRESPECTFUL/BAD ATTITUDE
  • We see a series of flashback images (accompanied by Jazmin's voice-over narration) about her childhood where she was teased by kids about being fat (including the standard taunting chats such as "two by four, can't get through the cafeteria door").
  • When a slim woman asks Jazmin if she (the woman) looks fat in a small outfit, we hear Jazmin thinking, "You look ugly in that."
  • A woman causes a beverage to spill on and soak Jazmin.
  • Dick is condescending toward Jazmin, saying he doesn't think she has what it takes to be a designer, and he doesn't allow her to show her designs to Robert.
  • A white banker at First Plantation Bank denies Jazmin's application for a business loan (but claims there's no racism involved).
  • A fast food order taker and Jazmin get into a "You're so fat" vs. "You're so ugly" contest of cutting down the other. When they're done, the man tells Jazmin, "You're still a fat bitch," prompting her to punch him in the face, knocking him out.
  • Two skinny women look disgusted at Jazmin and other plus-size women.
  • Tunde and his friends think Mia is a walking matchstick (she's buxom and trim, but not skinny) and laugh at that in their native tongue.
  • A woman is demeaning to Jazmin over her size.
  • Jazmin says that the sexual tension between her and Tunde is "off the hook," but wonders why nothing has happened. Mia then chimes in that it means he's gay (she later repeats that in another scene).
  • Some women in towels walk out of a sauna when Jazmin enters wearing the same.
  • Spotting Tunde with another woman, Jazmin turns jealous and confronts him, asking if this is the reason "you won't sleep with me" because he's sleeping with her. Tunde tries to explain that she's just a work associate (which is true), but Jazmin then goes on to say that if he's not sleeping with that woman, it's only a matter of time before he's sleeping with another.
  • A woman spots Stacey and Jazmin having fun in a club and then says that it's "just two fat bitches."
  • FRIGHTENING SCENES
  • None.
  • GUNS/WEAPONS
  • None.
  • IMITATIVE BEHAVIOR
  • Due to crowd noise, some of the dialogue could not be heard in full. Accordingly, the following should be considered a bare minimum regarding this category's content.
  • Phrases: "F*ck the food," "Sh*t happens," "Bullsh*tting," "D*ck-face" (said many times), "This is a lust thing," "Bitch" (said many times), "You filthy bitch," "I hate skinny bitches," "Traffic is a mother," "Booty-licious," "You look ugly in that," "That's a damn shame," "Oh hell no," "Phat," "Damn right (I am)," "Frankly, I don't give a damn," "Sucker," "Fat ass," "Ugly ass," "Punk," "You're still a fat bitch," "She knocked his ass out cold," "Raggedy ass," "Big asses," "So damn fine," "What the hell is my name?" "Pissed off," "Get the hell out of here," "Stuffy ass," "I'm about to put my foot up your boney ass," "Off the hook," "Not a damn thing," "So damn good," "Piss me off," "Bitch, what you say?" "You bulimic, anorexic bitch," "Somebody shut that damn bitch up," "I am fatabulous," "Just two fat bitches," "I'm plump like a roast and thicker than most" and "That is fly."
  • We see some sexualized dancing (including a man up against a woman from behind) at a club.
  • A running gag at a burger joint called "FatAssBurger" is that items on the menu have the word "ass" in them and are said when customers order things.
  • A fast food order taker tells Jazmin she's ordering too much food, prompting them to get into a "dissing" match where he keeps referring to her being fat, such as "You got two much fat around your ears to hear" and "You're so fat you can't fall down."
  • That's followed by Jazmin delivering various sexually related cut-downs including the following (paraphrased): She says the guy is so ugly that his birth certificate is an apology from the condom factory, and that his mother told his father that she should have just "given you head." Other cut-downs include where she says the guy is so ugly his momma named him "sh*t happens," that his mother got morning sickness after he was born, and that the pimple on his lip mistakes his mouth for the "crack of your ass."
  • We see some tattoos on a miscellaneous man's arms.
  • JUMP SCENES
  • None.
  • MUSIC (SCARY/TENSE)
  • None.
  • MUSIC (INAPPROPRIATE)
  • The song "Brick House" plays (about a woman's body -- "She's mighty mighty, just letting it all hang out").
  • We briefly hear the lyric "sexy lady" from a song.
  • A song has a lyric where the man says he likes the way a woman looks in her drawers and likes it better when she takes them off.
  • PROFANITY
  • Due to crowd noise, some of the dialogue could not be heard in full. Accordingly, the following should be considered a bare minimum regarding this category's content: At least 1 "f" word (the "MF" word is also seen in subtitles with some of the letters replaced with symbols), 7 "s" words, 3 slang terms for sex ("laid," "hook up" and "do it"), 5 using male genitals ("d*ck" and "d*ck-face," although some of the former are also a man's name, but are played both ways), 2 for breasts ("t*tties" and "knockers"), 22 asses, 15 damns, 12 hells, 7 uses of "Oh my God," 2 each of "Oh God" and "Sweet Jesus" and 1 use of "Oh Jesus."
  • SEX/NUDITY
  • Due to crowd noise, some of the dialogue could not be heard in full. Accordingly, the following should be considered a bare minimum regarding this category's content.
  • In various scenes, Mia often wears tight, small and/or revealing clothing (shorts, underwear, small bikini, etc.) that shows cleavage, her bare midriff and lots of other skin, including just the bottom of her bare butt in some very small shorts.
  • We see Jazmin's dream where she's carried out like a queen by several shirtless, muscular men wearing just small loin-cloth type attire. We later see the real thing at a fashion show.
  • We see Mia in a tight sports bra (that accentuates her buxom figure) and very tight and small shorts.
  • We see a poster of a shirtless muscular guy.
  • We see Jazmin in just a towel as she tries to decide what to wear.
  • Trying to get a banker to loan her money for her business idea, Jazmin tells him that she hasn't "been laid in nine months" and that he'll be helping her solve a big problem.
  • We see some sexualized dancing (including a man up against a woman from behind) at a club.
  • Mia shows cleavage.
  • Jazmin gets into a "dissing" match with a man where she delivers various sexually related cut-downs including the following (paraphrased): She says the guy is so ugly that his birth certificate is an apology from the condom factory, and that his mother told his father that she should have just "given you head."
  • We see miscellaneous women wearing midriff and cleavage revealing tops.
  • Jazmin tells Stacey that if she wants a man, she should show a little cleavage (as she adjusts her clothed breasts that show cleavage).
  • We see mannequins in bra tops and later others in full bikinis.
  • We see a billboard that shows three women in thongs turned away from the camera (thus we see their mostly bare butts), with the tagline reading "How's Your Back Swing?"
  • We see miscellaneous young and shapely women in small and revealing bikinis.
  • We see Mia in a small bikini that shows a lot of cleavage and her mostly bare butt when she turns to reveal it's a thong bottom.
  • We see Tunde getting out of the pool in slow motion as water drips down his muscular body in his small and tight swim trunks. Mia is attracted to him and tries to draw his attention by bending over while faced away from him, thus sticking out her butt in her thong bikini bottom (but he's interested in Jazmin instead). We then see Jazmin's point of view as she looks down Tunde's body (in that swimsuit). Her gaze then goes back up, but then goes back down to focus on his crotch area.
  • Mia says that Nigerian men want their women circumcised (referring to the clitoris), but when pressed about that by Jazmin, Tunde says he doesn't. He then asks if she's satisfied (with that answer), prompting her to think (which we hear) that she won't be satisfied until he gets her back to his hotel room).
  • We hear Jazmin's thought about Tunde that she wants to taste him (instead of having food).
  • Akibo tells Stacey that he wants to get to know her like no man has known her before.
  • Jazmin jokes that a Nigerian fundraiser dance will be a strip show (it's not).
  • Akibo wonders why Stacey hides her body under so much clothing, followed by him adding that if it were up to him, she'd be naked all of the time (which causes her to giggle in embarrassment).
  • Akibo tells Stacey that it's time to start living and they then go into his hotel room. We then see a quick shot of them making out up against a wall with him being shirtless. Later, she says Akibo had her singing the Nigerian National anthem (meaning during sex) and when Jazmin doesn't believe her, Stacey starts signing it. A comment is made about hooking up (sex) and Stacey then replies to Jazmin about who said anything about love, "This is a lust thing."
  • We hear Jazmin's thought about Tunde saying she'll be the mother of his babies.
  • We see Akibo and Stacey making out while standing up against a wall. There's heavy breathing, she's sweaty and there seems to be thrusting, but we don't see a full body view of them. He then tells her he doesn't want to see her with clothes on.
  • Commenting on a fish that's just been eaten in a restaurant, Tunde says he doesn't care for the tail, but must have the head. Jazmin then comments about wanting to see the head (presumably a penis reference) with him saying something about the eyes giving one more stamina (presumably referring to sex).
  • We see Stacey and Akibo making out and rolling around in a bubble bath where their presumably nude bodies are covered by bubbles as they're in various positions, presumably having sex or just fooling around. He then says that he's never been so exhausted and when a comment is made about food, she says she has all that she needs there and adds, "I'm just getting started" (regarding sex).
  • Jazmin says that the sexual tension between her and Tunde is "off the hook," but wonders why nothing has happened. Mia then chimes in that it means he's gay (she later repeats that in another scene). Mia comments on Stacey's new look (including about her "t*tties") and then asks what's gotten into her, with Stacey and Jazmin simultaneously saying, "Dr. Akibo."
  • Tunde makes a comment about giving Jazmin instant gratification.
  • Jazmin and Tunde passionately kiss while clothed and standing on the street.
  • Some women in towels walk out of a sauna when Jazmin enters wearing the same.
  • Spotting Tunde with another woman, Jazmin turns jealous and confronts him, asking if this is the reason "you won't sleep with me" because he's sleeping with her. Tunde tries to explain that she's just a work associate (which is true), but Jazmin then goes on to say that if he's not sleeping with that woman, it's only a matter of time before he's sleeping with another.
  • Upset, Jazmin opens the door to find Stacey and Akibo holding up a sheet over them as they stand.
  • We see Mia in a tight tank-top and very small and tight panties.
  • We see footage from a TV exercise show or commercial showing a shapely woman in small shorts that the camera focuses on.
  • Jazmin presumably stands nude in front of her mirror (we only see a head and bare shoulders view of her), but Mia walks in and sees her that way, averting her eyes.
  • Stacey wears a tight outfit that shows cleavage.
  • A song has a lyric where the man says he likes the way a woman looks in her drawers and likes it better when she takes them off.
  • Jazmin shows lots of cleavage.
  • We see a nude female mannequin (no explicit details but the female form is visible).
  • We see some miscellaneous cleavage.
  • We see Ramón in an open top (that shows his bare chest) and skintight pants (at a fashion show).
  • About a baby Jazmin thought was his, Tunde says he delivered it, but had nothing to do with its conception.
  • Tunde and Jazmin do some passionate, clothed kissing.
  • We see a long and then closer shot of Tunde and Jazmin in bed under the covers, with him on top of her. She's out of breath and tells him to wait, saying that it's been too long waiting for them to "do it" in the dark.
  • SMOKING
  • None.
  • TENSE FAMILY SCENES
  • None.
  • TOPICS TO TALK ABOUT
  • Body size obsession in American and other cultures.
  • Dieting.
  • We see a series of flashback images (accompanied by Jazmin's voice-over narration) about her childhood where she was teased by kids about being fat (including the standard taunting chats such as "two by four, can't get through the cafeteria door").
  • Ramón is the ladies' gay or at least effeminate coworker.
  • Jazmin tells Stacey that if she wants a man, she should show a little cleavage (as she adjusts her clothed breasts that show cleavage).
  • Mia says that Nigerian men want their women circumcised (referring to the clitoris), but when pressed about that by Jazmin, Tunde says he doesn't.
  • Tunde's statement that in his country, the bigger a woman is, the richer she is.
  • Tunde quizzes Jazmin why she calls herself "bitch" and then tells her she's too classy to use such profanity.
  • Tunde wonders why Jazmin lets others' comments bother her.
  • VIOLENCE
  • We see a series of flashback images where young Jazmin punches another kid for taunting her (the kid has a bloody nose).
  • When a banker denies Jazmin's loan, she rips off his toupee and comes after him, prompting two guards to grab and then carry her out of the bank (played for comedy).
  • After a match of dissing the other, a man tells Jazmin, "You're still a fat bitch," prompting her to punch him in the face, knocking him out.
  • Mad at herself, Jazmin punches a mannequin, knocking its head off, with that then going out the window and accidentally hitting Mia on the head as she walks along on the sidewalk. Jazmin then grabs the TV and tosses it out the window as well (it just hits the ground).



  • Reviewed April 6, 2006 / Posted April 7, 2006

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