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Actor Carmine Famiglietti and director Matthew Bonifacio team up to write the script for the comedy drama Lbs. Famiglietti stars as Neil Perota, an Italian man with a food addiction who weighs more than 300 pounds. Following a heart attack, he realizes that he needs to do something soon or his health will deteriorate. But since he still lives at home in Brooklyn, he can't seem to make the lifestyle changes required to lose weight. After his sister's wedding, he leaves the city and stays in a trailer in the woods. Living by himself, he tries to reclaim his life. Meanwhile, his friend is… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 86%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Lbs. leaves you hungering for a few more insights and answers than it offers."
‑ Michael O'Sullivan, Washington Post
"Truthfulness, along with the movie's emotional honesty and narrative polish, help tag this NY-grown indie as one to seek out."
‑ Joe Neumaier, New York Daily News
"A low-budget movie that is well-written and well-acted by a cast of relative unknowns."
‑ Robert Roten, Laramie Movie Scope
"Lbs. tackles a common problem with uncommon dignity."
‑ Christian Toto, What Would Toto Watch?
"Lbs. look and feel has an unassuming confidence that's all the more remarkable for this being a first feature, when new filmmakers usually can't resist being flashy in an attempt to be memorable."
‑ Frank Lovece, Film Journal International
"Those in search of a mirror for their own weight issues will find a deluxe one here."
‑ Wesley Morris, Boston Globe
"A small, illuminating film."
‑ , New York Magazine/Vulture
"An inspirational Marty-like pic that flattens out as it delivers its 'accept yourself' message about a compulsive over eater."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"An astonishing transformation is a big part of the story in Lbs., but it is not the whole story."
‑ Chris Hewitt (St. Paul), St. Paul Pioneer Press
"When a movie is written and filmed as part of the writer-actor's effort to save his own life and slim down, the movie feels, to a certain extent, critic-proof."
‑ Mark Peikert, New York Press
"Lbs. addresses its all-too-relevant topic with subtlety, sensitivity and welcome doses of humor."
‑ Frank Scheck, Hollywood Reporter
"Those concerned with obesity issues may find "Lbs." authentic and inspirational. Otherwise it's an earnest little low-budget indie without much to distinguish it."
‑ Mike Hale, New York Times
"Well-intentioned but terribly executed."
‑ Tricia Olszewski, Washington City Paper
"With obesity now a pop-culture as well as a medical issue, Lbs. offers insight -- as well as laughs and heartstring tugging -- into the struggles of a food addict."
‑ Betsy Sherman, Boston Phoenix
"An inspirational drama that's somewhat unfocused and occasionally veers toward contrivance and oversimplification, but remains engaging thanks to Famiglietti's brave, warm and charismatic performance."
‑ Avi Offer, NYC Movie Guru
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