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Heavy sheds light on overweight misfit

When Callie assures Victor that he's "a wonderful person" or "a really cool person" (we all know what it means when someone we love starts saying things like that), it's hard to know on what she's basing those opinions, since he's barely spoken to her (or anyone else). Heavy might have gone farther if Mangold could have made Victor a more interesting person--funny or wise or knowledgeable. But fortunately, Vince's performance shrinks this problem. He suggests depths of intelligence and perception in Victor that aren't there in the script. Thanks to Vince, Heavy is indeed heavy, but in the best sense of the term. It has a poetic gravity.

Directed by James Mangold; with Pruitt Taylor Vince, Shelley Winters, Liv Tyler, Deborah Harry, Joe Grifasi and Evan Dando.

Unrated.

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