I picked this DVD up by mistake, as I was reaching for something else on the library DVD shelf. When I brought it home I decided to watch it anyway, and it was a rather pleasant surprise. The commentary this movie made was rather hard to watch, sad to see, and difficult to accept here in society.
Nikki Blonsky of 'Hairspray' fame stars as overweight high school senior Maggie Baker who was nominated for homecoming queen by the mean girls cliche at her high school. Instead of bowing out and hiding in the corner, Maggie decides to lead the charge and become kind of a champion of the people. She appeals to the outcast (the nerds, freaks, etc. - that is, everyone who is not directly part of or victimized by the mean girls cliche) set and, like the title and movie poster front suggest, wins the crown. We are routing for the underdog, seeing what happens when all of us who felt like outcasts rise up and become victorious over the powers that be.
However, look past the obvious plot of the story and you will see things that you may or may not have ever experienced. Maggie is haunted by the voice of her insecurities, that horrible demon that lingers over everything you do and say, who just happens to be in the form of her glamorous, thin mother (Annie Potts). You see her stuffing her face with ice cream and candy and garbage, eating her feelings, trying to hide herself in food. We have all been there at some point or another, but when something happens that makes you eat and eat and eat until it hurts. Soon your find yourself 45 lbs heavier than you used to be, and people are telling you the same thing as Maggie's mom is "Loose some weight and you'll be happy." Unfortunately, that really is the only alternative. The world is not going to change, YOU have to change. Maggie's weight did not budge through this movie, but she did learn to be a better person and to transform, because she hit rock bottom several times through this movie. I would have liked to have seen what happened to Maggie after the homecoming events were over, let alone what happened to the person this story was based on.
Why not 5 stars? The movie in general has a very adolescent tone about it. Understandable as it is a movie about adolescents, but this could have had a more mature nature about it. It is just as much an adult based movie as it is based on our teenage years.