Tuesday, March 15, 2011
Tuesday's Forgotten Film: Fatso
For this week's forgotten/overlooked/underappreciated A/V, I've chosen the 1980 Dom Deluise comedy vehicle Fatso. Dom stars as an overweight Italian-American (what a stretch) who stuggles to win the battle of the bulge after the untimely death of this even heavier cousin at a young age. After various bad starts and missed opportunties in his diet, he meets a girl for whom he becomes infatuated; the young woman is equally smitten with him. Will his new relationship help or hurt his weight loss efforts?
The movie costars Anne Bancroft as his older, no-nonsense sister, who is equally supportive and demonstrative of Deluise in his dieting. Bancroft is a major force of the film; she also wrote and directed it.
This movie appeared frequently on TV in the early 80s, and I just saw it on cable last year (it's still on my DVR). I can sympathize with Dom's struggles--I just joined Weight Watchers last week, and I just came back from my first weigh-in after joining. I lost 4 pounds! What a great start!
Enjoy the film's trailer below. Thanks!