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Growing up a chunky kid has its perils, but it also has its joys. Seeing another kid on-screen could be a validating experience. Here was someone shaped like me who enjoyed adventures, had plenty of friends, and was just fine. These weren't sad creatures crying and friendless. These movie friends were at the center of the action and a significant part of the story.
These are NOT faces only a mother could love! This Mother's Day we salute the Big Beautiful Kids from our favorite movies. From wise to wise-cracking, these fat kid characters are some of our favorites over the years.
|Fat Kid Rules the World|
The late movie critic, Roger Ebert, gave Fat Kid Rules the World 3 and 1/2 stars and wrote "...[it] isn't either of the things that we might fear: It's not a smarmy feel-good movie, and it's not another dumb teenage comedy. It's smart and observant, and when its laughs come, they're of the dark humor variety." Not too shabby a recommendation!
This SXSW Audience Award winner film tells the story of Troy Billings, who is seventeen, and his growing friendship with Marcus, a charismatic high school dropout and street musician. Forming a two-man punk band is only the beginning of this fresh and unexpected film.
Watch trailer: http://fatkidrulesthemovie.com/trailer/
|Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants|
This coming of age film shares the story of four good friends who share the same magical pair of jeans over the course of a summer. While it is not strictly the story of one plus sized girl, Carmen Lowell is a curvy, Puerto Rican teen who finds the courage to express herself to her emotionally neglectful father.
Portrayed with verve and vulnerability, Carmen is a girl with a bit of a temper but who understands the bigger picture of the girls' relationship and is the self-confessed glue that holds the foursome together. She is a vibrant teenaged, female heroine.
The album features a modern country sound that is infused with Carly's soulful voice. All songs are original compositions and showcase Carly's strong, emotive voice.
Watch trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zdCTk-i_-Qo
In this affable comedy, the message of self-esteem and the freedom to be oneself is a takeaway for everyone in the audience, not just the teenaged Angus.
Picked on mercilessly for being overweight, Angus is not shrinking flower. He is a football team member and successful science student. However, in the dog-eat-dog hallways of high school all it can take is one determined antagonist to make life miserable. With the support of his grandfather and a heart full of bravery Angus confronts his fears and makes a stand for anyone who has been bulled for not being "normal".
Watch trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Q4Xmh6XKto
Written by: Anita Williams
"When you are a mother, you are never really alone in your thoughts. A mother always has to think twice, once for herself and once for her child."
"My mom is a neverending song in my heart of comfort, happiness, and being. I may sometimes forget the words but I always remember the tune."