Ryan Reynolds in a fat suit! Get this! He's handsome and fit, but what if he were fat and repulsive? That would be hilarious!
Is this worse than Shallow Hal? I think that it is. I'm sympathetic to arguments to the contrary, given that Gwyneth's character is fat for the whole movie and not just in the past, and given that standards of thinness are more cruelly strict for girls.
But for Ryan Reynolds to be the guy in the fat suit, the poor high school loser, is unconscionable. This smug bastard playing a fat underdog? It is a disgrace and an affront to underdogs everywhere. Ryan Reynolds, the hunky, braying, ever-superior party animal jackass bursting with frat-boy swagger, is exactly the kind of bullying prick who makes fat losers feel terrible about themselves. Just seeing him parade around in a fat suit is a slap in the face, a twisting of the knife, a roughening of the noogie.
Maybe this movie and Monica from Friends are supposed to provide encouragement to the overweight, like, "Look fatties--Monica lost the weight. Now you can see her rib cage! So what's wrong with you?" Or maybe we just enjoy cruel, hurtful laughter.
Are we too PC and guilty now to laugh at actual fat people, or are we just too grossed out by the real thing? Is it supposed to make us feel better that we only laugh at fat people when they're played by skinny people? Are fat suits the new blackface? What hath The Nutty Professor wrought?