Babycakes (1989) Ricki Lake
Grace is an overweight mortuary cosmetician who falls in love with Rob, a handsome subway train conductor who doesn’t even know she exists. When she finally devises a way to meet him, they discover that, although they are physically different, they have a lot more in common than they think. Babycakes was remake of 1985′s Zuckerbaby.
Muriel’s Wedding (1994) Toni Collette
Muriel Heslop is a socially awkward woman with few life or professional skills. Her (and her family’s) lack of self-esteem is fostered by the constant verbal abuse by their politician father. Muriel’s morale takes a further blow when her much more popular “friends” exclude her from their social circle, mostly due to her unfashionable appearance, damaged personality and being overweight. Although the film description may seem somewhat tragic, Muriel’s Wedding is actually a romantic comedy, far more balanced in terms of highs and lows than the description may suggest.
For BBW lovers, a scene where a Toni Collette (with the additional forty pounds she was asked to put on for the role) dancing in a tight silver jumpsuit to Abba’s Waterloo makes it all worth it:
The story treads the journey that Muriel takes to transform herself mentally from self-perceived loser, to a more confident woman. And don’t be surprised if the line, “You’re terrible Muriel!” from the film becomes part of your vernacular when describing to a person why their behavior might be a little big naughty.
Secret Society (2000) Charlotte Brittain
Daisy (Charlotte Brittain) is the love of Ken’s life, she’s pretty, unemployed and large. Ken’s a dreamer and his fast buck fantasies always seem to end nowhere. With unpaid rent, bailiffs at the door and Ken’s dreams unrealized, Daisy sets out to bridge their financial woes by getting a job in a local factory. There she meets Marlene and half a dozen other large women who are all united in a secret passion: Sumo wrestling.
Hairspray (2002) Ricki Lake
Tracy Turnblad (Ricki Lake) teaches Baltimore circa 1962 a thing or two about integration after landing a spot on local TV’s Corny Collins Dance Show. Now a teen hero, she starts using her fame to speak out for the causes she believes in, most of all integration.
Feed (2005) Gabby Millgate
A cybercrime investigator tracks a man suspected of force-feeding women to death.
Why Did I Get Married? (2007) Jill Scott
Four couples converge at a mountain home for a week long retreat to work out their marital issues and ask the question, “Why did I get married?”. Although physically present, none of them appear to be present emotionally. One of the four couples is Sheila and Mike, Sheila is overweight and Mike is over-Sheila. Being told to deplane since she is unable to afford the two plane seats required, Sheila drives the long distance in the snow, while her husband Mike continues on the flight with Sheila’s single friend, Trina. One couple will experience a bout with infidelity that will cause the entire group to question the validity of their own respective marriages.
City island (2009) – Carrie Baker Reynolds
The Rizzos find their delicate lie-filled reality disturbed by the arrival of a young ex-con, brought home by dad Vince (who is the least truthful of the family). His daughter, Vivian, has not come clean about her college suspension and that she’s now a stripper. Their youngest, teenage Vinnie, has a secret sexual fetish for feeding women, feederism, and fantasizes about their fat next-door neighbor played by Carrie Baker Reynolds.
Blubberella (2011) – Lindsay Hollister
An action comedy centered on a half vampire/woman “Blubberella” whose footsteps cause explosions and dual swords are used against those who ridicule her, in a film that is a scene-for-scene spoof of BloodRayne. Blubberella has moved through the centuries destroying nasties and perfecting the ultimate cotton candy recipe and is now part of the resistance force battling a second world war Nazi army.
Tower Heist (2011) – Gabourey Sidibe
When a group of hard working guys find out they’ve fallen victim to a wealthy business man’s Ponzi scheme, they conspire to rob his high-rise residence.
Pitch Perfect (2012) Rebel Wilson
Becca, a freshman at Barden University, is cajoled into joining The Bellas, her school’s all-girls singing group. Injecting some much needed energy into their repertoire, The Bellas take on their male rivals in a campus competition. Although not the lead female, Rebel Wilson gives a breakout performance as “Fat Amy,” one of “the bellas” and our plus-sized heroine.