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  • Summary: Neil Perota is seriously overweight. At twenty-seven years old, he weighs over 300 pounds, lives at home with his parents in Brooklyn, and is obsessed and controlled by food. When he suffers a heart attack two days before his sister's wedding, he is ordered to follow a strict diet, yet cannot kick his food habit. Neil then moves out of the city and three hundred miles north to a dilapidated trailer in the country to try and shed the excess pounds. Over one year in isolation, Neil learns how to compromise, survive, and falls in love for the first time with a local waitress. The lessons he learns are at the heart of this truly funny, touching, and inspirational film. (BQE Releasing) Expand
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  1. 75
    A working-class hero of a film.
  2. Reviewed by: Michelle Orange
    When a heart attack causes Neil to isolate himself in the wild and get his eating under control, Lbs. acquires a more distinct, insightful texture, emerging--along with its star, who actually lost 170 pounds over the course of a two-year shoot--as a creature with sharper angles than it first appeared.
  3. The actor's compelling self-exposure, physically and emotionally, draws us into such a degree that we genuinely come to care about his well-being.
  4. 63
    The movie Bonifacio and Famiglietti have made is much better as a bittersweet family portrait. But those in search of a mirror for their own weight issues will find a deluxe one here.
  5. Reviewed by: Mike Hale
    Those concerned with obesity issues may find Lbs. authentic and inspirational. Otherwise it’s an earnest little low-budget indie without much to distinguish it beyond the appearances of Miriam Shor and Sharon Angela.
  6. Reviewed by: Andrew Grant
    An inspirational, humorous portrait of an individual grappling with an addiction that, unlike heroin or alcohol, has rarely been addressed in film.
  7. That truthfulness, along with the movie's emotional honesty and narrative polish, help tag this NY-grown indie as one to seek out.

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