Oceans Eleven

Gwyneth Paltrow, Jack Black. Written, produced and directed by Bobby & Peter Farrelly.
Running Time: 114 mins
Rated: M

Hal (Black) is a misogynist. While he is obese, he hates fat women. Needless to say most women cannot stand him. Hal meets motivation guru Tony Robbins who hypnotises him into seeing all fat people as thin. Hall falls in love with the chronically obese Rosemary (Paltrow). The hypnosis is reversed and Hal has to make a fully informed choice.

This film tries hard to push home a worthy message about body image and inner beauty. The problem is that the Farrelly brother's script and direction is appallingly sexist. A woman's body image is the only one these men are interested in and so they reinforce part of the stereotype they want to attack.

The Farrellys made Dumb and Dummer and Me Myself and Irene. They find humour in other people's misfortunes and when scrapped for material, settle on toilet humour for a laugh.

It was brave film for Paltrow to make, but after she shed her fat suit and resumed her normal life carrying a very slight frame, her work does very little for a western world eating itself into a shallow grave.

Richard Leonard SJ

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