As a woman of size, I love to see myself reflected on the silver screen. With that said, here are just a few of my favorite movies with plus size heroines.
First up Is Georgina Parkin, the heroine of Georgy Girl as played by the late Lynn Redgrave. Georgina is musically gifted and has a fondness for children. Over the course of the movie, she finds herself being pursued by two men. The first man, James Lemington, played by James Mason, is her parents wealthy married employer, who wants to make Georgy his mistress. The second man, Jos Jones, played by Alan Bates, is the boyfriend of her roommate Meredith, played by Charlotte Rampling. The two grow close after Meredith decides to abandon Jos and their baby daughter. In the end, Jos decides to leave town because he is not ready for the responsibilities of being a father and Georgy decides to marry Mr.Lemington to provide a better life for herself and the baby.
I love this movie because it shows that no matter what your size, you can be considered desirable.
Next up is Circle of Friends. Released in 1995 and based on the novel by Maeve Binchy, the film and novel both take place in 1950’s Ireland and follows trials and tribulations Bernadette (Benny)Hogan, the main character and heroine of the movie. Over the course of the movie, Benny meets and falls in love with Jack Foley, a fellow student at the University that she and her friends Eve and Nan attend. As the movie continues, Benny and Jack’s relationship hits a few bumps, not the least being that he sleeps with Nan and is accused of being Nan’s baby’s father. Later, it turns out that while Nan is pregnant, it is not by Jack. Eventually Benny and Jack do reconnect and are able to put the past behind them and fall in love again.
Benny stood up for herself and never let her size stop her from pursuing the life that she wanted or cause her to settle for less.
Last but certainly not least is Muriel’s Wedding. Released in 1994, the movie tells the story of Muriel Heslop(played by Toni Collette), a young woman who lives in the small beach-side community of Porpoise Spit, Queensland. Muriel is a bit of a daydreamer, she dreams about having a big glamorous wedding and exciting life that will take her away from her humdrum existence. After attending the wedding of one of the mean girls from her old high school and stealing money from her father to take a holiday, she winds up running into an old classmate, Rhonda(Rachel Griffiths), on her misbegotten holiday, thus starting her adventure and new life outside of her hometown. Muriel and Rhonda decided to move to Sydney, Australia “The City of Brides”. It is here where Muriel believes she can start to become the person she always wanted to be. In Sydney she gets a job and starts dating with mixed results. While Muriel is trying to start her new life, chaos is erupting back home due to the money that she stole from her father, resulting in her father taking bribes and leaving the family home. Things are not much better in Sydney with Rhonda discovering that she has a cancerous tumor on her spine that will cause her not to be able to walk. Muriel to escape her problems falls even more in to her daydreams of getting married. Eventually she does realize her dream of getting married only to realize that the dream does not live up to the fantasy.
I was glad to see Muriel grow as a person by starting to take responsibility for her actions.
These are only a few movies with plus size heroines that will be covered on the blog. I am looking forward to part 2 of this post where I will cover Hairspray, Just Wright and Brigette Jones Diary.
Until next time,