Hey, Hollywood, How About A Rom-Com Where A Woman Who’s Not Rail-Thin Is Attractive Even When She’s Not Concussed?

By Heidi Stevens
Chicago Tribune

WWR Article Summary (tl;dr) Heidi Stevens simply asks, “What if we just had more rom-coms to go to that starred women with [Rebel] Wilson’s body type or [Amy] Schumer’s body type or Gabourey Sidibe’s body type, without it being, you know, hilarious, wink wink, that someone would find them attractive?”

Chicago Tribune

However Rebel Wilson’s “Isn’t It Romantic” does at the box office this weekend, I hope it’s not the beginning of a genre.

I hope, in fact, it’s the end of a genre.

The genre, that is, that stars a female whose body type veers beyond our conventional beauty standards, but only because she’s not in on the joke. (The joke being her.)

In “Isn’t It Romantic,” Wilson plays an architect who suffers head trauma and wakes up in a dream scenario in which the men adore her and the women envy her.

Last April, it was “I Feel Pretty,” in which Amy Schumer suffers the usual mix of low self-esteem and miserable future prospects that accompany a weight of more than 125 pounds in most rom-coms. Until she falls in an exercise class and wakes up believing she’s a supermodel.

Have we progressed at all beyond “Shallow Hal,” the 2001 movie deemed by one site “the most fat-phobic movie in Hollywood?”

In that disaster, starring Gwyneth Paltrow wearing a costume that packs a bunch of extra pounds on her, the woman isn’t concussed. But the male lead (Jack Black) only finds her attractive when he’s hypnotized.

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  1. Sara Sevigny

    February 17, 2019 at 12:50 am

    Hey Heidi,

    Love your article and completely agree. It’s disheartening to see women only finding their worth and beauty by getting cracked on the head. It’s silly.

    Want examples of those that don’t? HERE YA GO! The first is Rogers Park (, which was filmed throughout Rogers Park in Chicago. It’s 100% on Rotten Tomatoes, and after a national showing can be watched on Amazon Prime as well as many other outlets. Another amazing example is Rusty Schwimmer, who stars in Wild Honey ( It’s such a beautiful movie and she’s amazing in it. CHECK EM OUT!!


    Sara Sevigny

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