Monday, March 7, 2011

Monday Movies ~ Trimming the Fat!

Feature Presentation...

We have all "pigged out" at one time or another. Whether at a birthday party, a holiday celebration or hanging out with friends, most of us have experienced eating a lot more junk food than we should have. And, as a result, needed to loosen our belts as Molly did after attending her niece's 1st birthday this past weekend! Molly had a great time at the party. She also enjoyed brownies with cookies baked right in. This sounds like a treat I could get into! I've never had these brownies but I'm sure I'd "pig out" on them if I could! What movies can you recall in which characters battled weight issues? Share on your blog movies featuring those who want to lose or need to gain extra pounds, linking your post back to The Bumbles Blog. If you don't have a blog, list your choices in the comment section of The Bumbles Movie post!

Bridget Jones's Diary (2001) Bridget Jones (Renee Zellewegger) is a single woman in her early thirties who works in publicity for a book publishing company. She is rather obsessed with how much she weighs and losing weight. In a diary Bridget records her weight each day, sometimes more than once a day, keeps track of what she eats as well as other things such as how much she smokes and what's happening in her love life.

Requiem for a Dream (2000) directed by Darren Aronofsky, this movie depicts different types of addiction with several characters becoming addicted to various substances. Sara Goldfarb (Ellen Burstyn) is an elderly widow living alone in an apartment in Brighton Beach, Brooklyn who watches infomercials on television. When she believes she's going to be on a game show, she begins taking a regimen of prescription weight-loss amphetamine pills during the day followed by a nightly sedative. Her obsession with losing weight and fitting into a red dress she wore years ago, and hopes to wear on the game show, causes her to up her dosage of the pills again and again to disastrous results.

Raging Bull (1980) Robert DeNiro portrays Jake LaMotta a middleweight boxer popular in the 40's and 50's who has major issues with jealousy and rage. He also has an animalistic appetite and once he stopped boxing, gained so much weight he became obese. In order to portray Jake LaMotta realistically, DeNiro started filming a trim and lean man with lots of muscle and then gained 60 pounds during filming eating his way across France and Italy! (see
Robert DeNiro)


  1. I haven't seen Requiem for a Dream, but understand I need to. The other two movies are perfect for this question!

  2. Great picks! I haven't seen any of these, actually. Need to.

  3. I posted this same answer to Sandy's blog, but hey, it's the only one I've got! I think Natalie Portman lost a lot of weight for Black Swan. She looked so tiny and her arms were like little sticks. I had believed that before her figure was much more full.

  4. These are terrific picks. All of these films are very well made, especially Raging Bull. We both thought of dear Bridget.

  5. OMG I forgot Requiem. See, I forget about the older woman in that scenario, and can only remember the rotting arm and the drugged out sex party. Those images will never ever leave my head.

  6. I've never seen Requiem for a Dream. It sounds very intriguing.

  7. Brownies with cookies in them! I must obtain these!

    And after seeing how freaky Black Swan was, I'm not sure I'd be up for Requiem for A Dream. That director has a rather unique worldview I think.

  8. I included Bridget too, but she really wasn't fat! I wouldn't mind being as fat as she was right now :) I thought about Raging Bull so I'm glad to see you included it.