By Heidi Stevens
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?”
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.