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Fat on the Silver Screen - "The Nines"

I want to start this article off by emphatically reiterating that this is not a review of The Nines. I have opinions, both favorable and not-so-favorable pertaining to this film. However, this article is geared around the movie's gorgeous plus size supporting character/s portrayed by Melissa McCarthy. For those of you who are unfamiliar with Melissa McCarthy, she is an American actress who came to public attention in 2000 and has since steadily become highly sought after, especially for comedic roles. She's a beautiful woman of size, and a really refreshing face and body to see on the red carpet and silver screen.

It isn't abnormal for films to put a supporting character into a stereotypical role regardless of weight. However, a person of size is usually a prop for weight related humor and often not much more than the before side of a character who magically transforms into a skinnier version of themselves before their happy ending. Rarely do these roles delve deeper into the character. The Nines approach is very different and quite a breath of fresh air. Melissa's weight is made reference to and becomes a part of the plot line at times. However, it is a side component to the supportive role she provides. The characters she portrays smack many sizeist stereotypes right in the face. Melissa prances around, head held high from start to finish. She is not wallowing in shame. She's energetic and driven. She's a mother, a friend, a lover, a best friend, and so much more. In short, she is a fully rounded human being with all the good, the bad, and the ugly that come along with that state of being.

Melissa plays 3 characters in three intertwining storylines in The Nines;

The Publicist "The Prisoner" tells the story of a troubled television star (Ryan Reynolds) who finds himself under house arrest, with his chipper publicist (Melissa McCarthy) and disillusioned next-door neighbor (Hope Davis) providing his only links to the outside world. Mysterious events lead him to question whether one or both women are deceiving him about the nature of his incarceration.*

The Best Friend "Reality Television" is a half-hour episode of "Behind the Screen," a Project Greenlight-style documentary series tracking the process of creating a network television drama. Having shot the pilot, creator/showrunner Gavin Taylor (also Ryan Reynolds) faces post-production with the help of his best friend (and lead actress) Melissa McCarthy and development VP Susan Howard (Hope Davis).

The Wife and Mother "Knowing" finds an acclaimed videogame designer (also Ryan Reynolds) and his wife (Melissa McCarthy) facing car trouble deep in the woods. Their daughter (Elle Fanning) uncovers information which leads to a difficult and irrevocable choice. *

The Nines was written with Melissa in mind. Director John August says, "… when it came time to start writing this, I knew I wanted her in it. So I talked to her about it before I put pen to paper, because I wouldn't do it if she wouldn't do it." *

I feel John August did a wonderful job creating a fully fleshed out character with whom I, as a fat woman, can identify. Melissa does a wonderful job in all her roles and is very believable, charming, and sympathetic while remaining strong. I highly recommend checking this movie out to see for yourself why I love all three of the characters she portrays in this mysterious sci-fi thriller.


Submitted by: Toni Crane

A Pittance of Time

On November 11, 1999 Terry Kelly was in a Shoppers Drug Mart store in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. At 10:55 AM an announcement came over the store's PA asking customers who would still be on the premises at 11:00 AM to give two minutes of silence in respect to the veterans who have sacrificed so much for us.

Terry was impressed with the store's leadership role in adopting the Legion's "two minutes of silence" initiative. He felt that the store's contribution of educating the public to the importance of remembering was commendable.

When eleven o'clock arrived on that day, an announcement was again made asking for the "two minutes of silence" to commence. All customers, with the exception of a man who was accompanied by his young child, showed their respect.

Terry's anger towards the father for trying to engage the store's clerk in conversation and for setting a bad example for his child was later channeled into a beautiful piece of work called, "A Pittance of Time". Terry later recorded "A Pittance of Time" and included it on his full-length music CD, "The Power of the Dream".

In the interest of creating a greater awareness of the sacrifices that have been made and are still being made on our behalf, "A Pittance of Time" has been adapted to the French language and titled "C'est si peu de temps". Music videos for both audio tracks were also produced in support of the campaign.

For more information on Terry Kelly and his work, please visit him at

Watch his song to remember our veterans by and a reminder to those who forget their importance.

"The hero dead cannot expire:
The dead still play their part."
~Charles Sangster
"My mother is such a lousy cook that Thanksgiving at her house is a time of sorrow."
~Rita Rudner

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