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Lbs. 2012 NR CC

A 315-pound man decides to kick his food addiction by moving to the country.

Starring:
Carmine Famiglietti, Michael Aronov
Runtime:
1 hour, 41 minutes

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Genres Drama, Comedy
Director Matthew Bonifacio
Starring Carmine Famiglietti, Michael Aronov
Supporting actors Miriam Shor, Sharon Angela, Lou Martini Jr., Susan Varon, Fil Formicola, Mike Bocchetti, Sophia Antonini, Danielle Melanie Brown, Jennifer Michelle Brown, Patrick Michael Buckley, Gino Cafarelli, Susanna Hari, Tom Karlya, Eric Leffler, Marilyn Matarrese, Rich Pecci, Craig Thomas Rivela
Studio FilmBuff
MPAA rating NR (Not Rated)
Captions and subtitles English Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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This Independent drama was a standout at the Sundance Film Festival, also an Official selection. It definitely deserves this distinction. Co-written and directed by Matthew Bonifacio, this lends a newer spin on a problematic behavior. The topic at hand would be food addiction. There isn't anything new to this clinically, but in the way it is looked at and handled, which is honest, original and stirring.

Neil (Carmine Famiglietti, also co-wrote) is a rotund man living at home with his Italian parents and working for his father. His mother enjoys doting on Neil and feeding him along with worrying about his health at the same time. He has a sister (Theresa) who is getting ready for her upcoming marriage. Theresa loves him very much and smothers him also. Her fiance (Anthony) has his own agenda and is unforgiving with Neil. He goes overboard in the other direction with berating him. He teases him constantly, finds him "weak" due to his weight issue and because Anthony is just an undesirable person.

A very influential person in Neil's life is his best friend Sacco. Although he is a using drug abuser he still remains a big part of Neil's family, life, and is his personal confidant. Neil's life is seen through the New York Italian neighborhoods with their dialect and eateries. One of the places Neil often frequents and they know him very well there is "Vittorio's Pizzeria", serving up large portions of spaghetti, pizza, pasta, and all of the Italian fare one could wish for. Neil eats in abundance and turns to food when he isn't necessarily physically hungry. He uses the food as others may use a drug or another self-soothing substance. There comes a point of emergency when Neil is faced with his extreme weight issue.
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I thought this was a good movie about one man's journey to correct what he thought was the problem in his life...his weight. After losing the weight, he realized that there was much more to the problems in his life than just his weight. He had a deeper addiction problem with food and was able to recognize it and work towards fixing himself along with the weight loss. His family and friends also seemed to be ashamed of his weight and then still not pleased with him when he lost the weight. People are cruel no matter what you do. I was surprised by a few of the storylines in the movie, but over all it was a great film.
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Give Lbs. a chance. I absolutely enjoyed every moment of it. It even had me thinking about the changes I wanted to make for myself. Not just losing weight but other changes as well. It can be very motivational if you are open to it.
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Lbs. is one of two fantastic movies (Amexicano being the other one) that I have seen with Carmine Famiglietti. Being an Italian American myself, I know the role of food and family and the escape and sense of well-being that food can provide. I feel this movie does an excellent job portraying Neil's addiction, and does a great job juxtaposing his friends' drug addiction. Neil has to remove himself from his situation to get himself healthy, and comes to the realization that he will constantly struggle with his vice. ||
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This movie is an Indie move that has a very 'real' feel to it.
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I saw some reviews about foul language...I don't feel this is ever a reason to ding a movie down to 1 or 2 stars. Apparently these people have never hung out with working class Brooklyn residents between the ages of 14 and 60. Rate the movie based on story line, character development, your emotive response, etc. Don't just ding a movie because the F-word bothers you.
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I first saw this movie on PBS and was immediately drawn to the whole story of a young man drowning in his own sea of obesity. All of the characters were very authentic and true to the story. I loved how this young man finally took matters (to the extreme) into his own hands and stayed the course to his eventual success. What I also loved was that through his trials of living in the middle of NY upstate nowhere, with no distractions of the internet, tv, cel phone, or even very many people with whom to interact, he recognized what and who he was and was determined to accomplish his goal of losing weight and maybe even finding himself. He admits wholeheartedly that he loves food, he loves to eat and eat well! But! He also acknowledges that his eating is a disease that could have very well killed him and needs to be managed. I'm an overweight person (not to his degree) so I related to the challenges he faced with on a daily basis. Excellent movie in every way possible!
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A gritty, no holes barred look at the timely subject of food addiction. I've watched the film several times and have appreciated its expert story-telling and deep insights more with each viewing. After watching the main character's incredible struggle, I found it disappointing, at first, that he does not conquer all his demons in the end. However, I believe the takeaway message from this film is that, in fact, demons are overcome here, just not the ones we were expecting. Neil's food addiction continues, but his experience teaches him that, even more important than overcoming a food addiction, is the ability to be kind and understanding with oneself. No cliché, hackneyed endings here...just an absorbing and profound journey into a real life problem that has no easy answers.
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