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FAT2015

  • 4.0
Ken won't change his ways. Addicted to food, Ken is in bad health, and is headed to an early grave. Despite getting help and advice from his friends and doctors, he does what he wants, when he wants, until a chance encounter with love that might just give him the motivation he needs to save himself.

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With the film being shot like a documentary, and dialogue that felt like it may or may not have been scripted, the actors are freed into giving a naturalistic portrayal. It allows the film to watch all the mundane parts of Ken's journey. From his difficulty getting up in the morning, the sores under his legs, to his job where people stare at him. This might seem tedious, but it's all to show the depths of his ailment. I'm not sure I've ever seen a more straight forward look at food addiction. Unlike hard drugs where there's a tendency to romanticize the addiction, we see Ken eating greasy fast food in tight closeups. Emphasizing that the food he eats has nothing to do with nourishment but emotional suppression. Ken's constant denial that he's an addict leads him down a path of increasingly greater personal and moral failures, but there are no fireworks here. The films tension sneaks up on you, as this isn't a great adventure story, but a story of admitting ones failures. There were times where the lighting was amateurish and the sound quality lacked a great deal, but in the end, I was still crying and rooting for Ken to change. Mel Rodriguez does an amazing job here, and carries the film through to the very end with honesty. It can feel a bit slow, and may be hard to watch at times, but it's worth a watch.