A Matter of Size
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An overweight, underemployed chef from Ramala discovers the fine art of sumo wrestling after landing a job as a dishwasher at a Japanese restaurant. Herzl (Itzik Cohen) still lives at home with his mother. Unable to find any job other than washing dishes, Herzl goes to work at a Japanese restaurant. There, he notices the employees gathered around the television watching sumo wrestling. Frustrated with his weight-loss group, Herzl sees sumo wrestling as a revelation; it's the one sport on the planet where his weight is actually an advantage. But sumo wrestling isn't as easy as it looks… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 85%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Those elements make it hard to slot the movie into the happy category of quirky charmer and yet, while intriguing, they are never significant enough for the film to take on a larger personality."
‑ Kate Taylor, Globe and Mail
"Herzl's approach might not be great for one's cholesterol or blood pressure, but it brings up an intriguing idea, one that isn't talked about often...: Maybe it would be better to be fat and happy than thin and miserable."
‑ Rachel Saslow, Washington Post
"The humour in A Matter of Size is somewhat puerile, but the film does cover important social issues in its own gentle way."
‑ Liz Braun, Jam! Movies
"In the likable, if paradoxically lightweight Israeli comedy "A Matter of Size," an Israeli salad bar chef rejects the notion he needs to lose weight and learns to love himself."
‑ James Verniere, Boston Herald
"This big-bellied comedy proves once and for all the Jewish proverb "Worries go down better with soup."
‑ Brandon Judell, CultureCatch
"An amusingly lightweight Israeli comedy about rebellious fatties who decide to use their heft for a greater purpose, A Matter of Size will have you ordering your popcorn with extra butter and refusing to feel guilty about it."
‑ Linda Barnard, Toronto Star
"Part sports drama, part love story, this sweetly absurd tale of forlorn blue-collar guys pursuing a difficult goal... recalls audience-pleasing fare such as The Full Monty."
‑ Alissa Simon, Variety
"Directors Sharon Maymon and Erez Tadmor avoid the temptation to remake The Full Monty, focusing instead on how physical training forces the characters to confront their buried psychological issues."
‑ Norman Wilner, NOW Toronto
"A big charmer."
‑ Brett Michel, Boston Phoenix
"While the story may take place in working-class Israel in the 21st century, rejection is universal. So are most attempts to come to terms with it. Still, there's more than a little novelty value in the choices its characters make."
‑ John Hartl, Seattle Times
"We're meant to like these men, and we do, more or less, but they've been simplified for easy digestion."
‑ Wesley Morris, Boston Globe
"Israeli dramedy fights above its weight."
‑ Don Groves, sbs.com.au
"...it's gentle humor and band of underdogs will surely bring a smile. It's a unique cross-cultural comedy."
‑ Laura Clifford, Reeling Reviews
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