Top 10 Fat Person Movies by The Critical Movie Critics

Feature: Top 10 Fat Person Movies

While sitting on the couch eating a microwavable burrito I was suddenly inspired to reach back into the recesses of my mind and compile a list of movies starring fat people. No other reason except I needed to fill in the two minutes of downtime I had while waiting for the other burrito to warm up.

Here was the criteria I used (nothing scientific here): has to have a fat person starring in the movie (duh); fat suits count; no sequels (unless fat person was introduced in the sequel); weight has to be or be implied to be at least approximately 300 lbs.

10 Disorderlies — The Fat Boys did their best to bring the Three Stooges into the ’80s. Watching Mark Morales, Darren Robinson and Damon Wimbley huff, puff and wheeze through a movie is a most pleasing phenomenon. Who knew they could rap and act?
9 Big Momma’s House — Martin Lawrence pretends to be an elderly woman. After the success Eddie Murphy had in his fat suit, Martin needed to show he had game too. It worked because it’s one of the few movies where everything he does is funny. Big Momma’s House is better than all his other movies combined.
8 Planes, Trains and Automobiles — John Candy was a BIG funny man. It was tough choice between this movie and Uncle Buck. The edge goes to PTA due to the great chemistry between John Candy and Steve Martin. A must see.
7 The Santa Clause — Tim Allen, in a fat suit, gets stuck with Christmas duties when Santa becomes incapacited. This is a very original and very funny movie. Too bad they’ve watered it down so much with the lame sequels.
6 The Nutty Professor — Eddie Murphy as the hefty Professor Sherman Klump. The dinner table scene alone is worth the price of admission. So is the Dave Chappelle scene. This is better than the Jerry Lewis original.

5 Shallow Hal — Now we know how Gwyneth Paltrow would look if she were 350 lbs. She’s not particularly attractive as a skinny broad, but with a fat suit on she is 1000 times worse.
4 Tommy Boy — Chris Farley was the reincarnation of John Belushi — only funnier. Tommy Boy is when he was at his best — totally coked up and out of control. David Spade tries his damnedest to keep up.
3 Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me — The introduction of Fat Bastard. Mike Myers, in a fat suit, should win an award for playing this character. He’s absolutely disgusting. And how many times did you hear someone say, “Get in my belly!”?
2 What’s Eating Gilbert Grape — Darlene Cates as the 500+ pound mother of a retarded kid. Seeing a person this large is hard enough to fathom. Having to watch one on the screen and wanting to throw things at them is even harder.
1 Pink Flamingos — No words can describe. Just know, Divine would’ve attempted anything possible for a gross out — up to and including eating shit. You’ll have to see it to believe it.

Surely, I’ve missed a few. School me on which ones I should have included and if I agree I’ll edit.

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'Feature: Top 10 Fat Person Movies' have 9 comments

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    May 29, 2007 @ 3:01 pm Ken

    How about Jabba the Hutt? He/It must have weighed at least 600 pounds.

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    May 29, 2007 @ 10:00 pm Guitar solo

    Tommy Boy was one of my all time favorite movies. I wish Chris was still around.

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    May 30, 2007 @ 8:07 am Mark

    For the John Candy entry, I would have went with Spaceballs.

    Dom DeLuise needs a mention on here too. Who can forget The Cannonball Run? It’s definitely better than Disorderlies!

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    July 21, 2007 @ 6:38 am Skinny

    “What’s Eating Gilbert Grape” was one of my favorite movies… When I saw it, I was shocked to see how big Darlene Cates was.

    As for “Pink Flamingos”, I’m a little ashamed to say I haven’t seen it. It will be on my must-watch list.

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    November 6, 2007 @ 1:17 pm Atomic Popcorn

    Shallow Hal for the win ! The Disorderlies.

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    June 26, 2008 @ 9:00 pm Avi

    I just saw Dodgeball on tv last night. At the very end Ben Stiller looks to be a good 300+.

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    March 15, 2010 @ 8:11 am Linda

    That’s a great list. I have to watch few of them. Thanks for sharing.

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    March 16, 2010 @ 2:18 pm Jasson

    I watched Tommy Boy and liked the movie. Few others I have to watch in my free time. Thanks for the list.

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    December 24, 2011 @ 1:52 pm LInda

    You missed Angus (1995). Definately one of the greatest “fat person” movies of all time.

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