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This character drama, set in a local pub in rural New York State, focuses on the lives, thoughts, and emotions of a group of social outcasts. The lead misfit is Victor, a shy and very rotund man in his '30s who works as a pizza maker in a roadside inn. His mother, Dolly owns the establishment. She dominates his life. The senior waitress there is Dolores, an aging woman with a reputation for being easy. Dolores is resentful when Dolly hires the vivacious teenager Callie, who is in love with Jeff, a garage mechanic. Victor develops a painful crush on Callie and fantasizes about rescuing her… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 86%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A small, quiet miracle of a movie in which tenderness, compassion and insight combine to create a tension that yields a quality of perception that's almost painful to experience."
‑ Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times
"Even the film's chanciest moments sustain an overall poignancy."
‑ Janet Maslin, New York Times
"The movie has a kind of elegance, but it's a very long sit."
‑ Rob Gonsalves, eFilmCritic.com
"Features a subtle performance by Vince"
‑ Jon Niccum, Lawrence Journal-World
"Effectively delineates those people whose lives merely exist on the margins of society."
‑ Shlomo Schwartzberg, Boxoffice Magazine
"You've been in places like this. You linger over a second cup of coffee and people-watch, trying to guess the secrets of the sad-eyed waitress and the drunk at the bar and the pizza cook who looks like he's serving a sentence."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Even at 80 minutes, Heavy would have been weighted with redundancies. So you can imagine what happened on the way to making it 105 minutes long."
‑ Jeff Millar, Houston Chronicle
"Showing observational skills, James Mangold has made a quiet, personal film that contests the stereotypes with which Hollywood has portrayed overweight people."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Explores the same kind of territory pioneered in the short fiction of Raymond Carver."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"Mangold's vision is bold."
‑ Barbara Shulgasser, San Francisco Examiner
"Mangold's sympathy is genuine and his refusal to mock or condescend to his characters -- indeed, that may be the point of the film -- is a pleasure."
‑ Edward Guthmann, San Francisco Chronicle
"Mangold captures the nuances of life perfectly, and, by never cheapening his vision through facile resolutions, he fashions a memorable cinematic portrait."
‑ James Berardinelli, ReelViews
"Pruitt Taylor Vince will amaze you with his subtle but powerful portrayal of the lovable Victor."
‑ Willie Waffle, WaffleMovies.com
"A slice of life drama that, like the characters it portrays, plods along at its own pace. All the while engaging the viewer."
‑ Tyler McLeod, Jam! Movies
"As the melodrama plays out, Mangold creates a heightened sensibility, the feeling of emotional exploration, the hope for understanding. Yet he doesn't really do much with it."
‑ Bruce Kirkland, Jam! Movies
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