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  • Summary: Armed with biting humor and quirky sensibility, Rodney and his Rubenesque friend Sabrina are valiantly suffering through the indignity known as high school. Both are outcasts; he’s gay and she’s overweight. Trapped in a small Texas town and having come to accept his “fat girl” within, Rodney is an aspiring Broadway star who musters up the energy to confront his fears and take life – and the hot new student from England – by the horns. With Rodney’s awkward experiences, off-beat attitude and strange evangelical family, “Fat Girls” is a hilarious rollercoaster ride that careens to an outrageous climax. This auspicious debut announces the arrival of filmmaker and star Ash Christian as a major new talent. (Regent Releasing) Expand
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  1. 75
    Big-Hearted and often quite funny if crudely made, Fat Girls cleverly subverts the clichés of high school comedies to serve an autobiographical story about an overweight gay teen in a small Texas town.
  2. Christian infuses this familiar story with gentle empathy, which goes a long way in balancing out the more amateurish choices.
  3. Reviewed by: Dennis Harvey
    Wins no points for delicacy. Still, it does score some laughs.
  4. Reviewed by: Staff (Not credited)
    Without insight, memorable dialogue or interesting characters, Fat Girls quickly wears thin.
  5. 50
    To call Christian's film unpolished is an understatement.
  6. 42
    In the words of his own character, this young filmmaker hasn't found his "inner fat girl."
  7. Ends up stranded between two concepts, either of which might have yielded a more satisfying film.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 5
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 5
  3. Negative: 1 out of 5
  1. CharleyD.
    Nov 13, 2007
    Love love loved it. The immaturity in direction complements the style of the film and it's themes. For such a young director, Ash Christian is someone to watch out for, or at least John Waters and Gus Van Sant need to harness this kid. This was a perfect surprise from the new generation of filmmakers. It can't be compared to the films of all time, but more so among the films of its style. Brave and bold. Expand
  2. TaddyM.
    Nov 19, 2007
    Love love loved it! What a laugh-riot. For it's clearly home-grown look it's really stylish and risky for a low budget film. Thoroughly enjoyable. Expand
  3. PolitoM.
    Nov 4, 2007
    I really was surprised. It was acidic, nasty and hilariously dark. This film was a low budget bravado. Seriously, I was at the quad and thought I was going to laugh at a film instead I laughed with it. Nice job. I hear that filmmakers with access to Final Cut and inexpensive HD camera are spawning, and here is the beginning of the new world of films. What a riot! Expand
  4. JayH.
    Dec 29, 2008
    Low budget but a good screenplay and well developed characters make up for it. Funny and touching, sincere performances. Believably and amusingly told. Expand
  5. GeorgeN.
    Mar 4, 2008
    What a waste of time. I can't believe someone would focus on this.