CineFilipino Movie Review: Ang Taba Ko Kasi (Because I am Fat)

Ang Taba Ko Kasi isn’t a convincing romantic comedy, but its still an entertaining tale of self-acceptance with surprising depth thanks to a thoughtful script and endearing performances.

A fat girl is torn between her hot swimming instructor, who motivates her to lose weight, and an equally fat friend, who wants her to accept her appearance.

As the second romantic comedy to be featured in the CineFilipino line-up, Ang Taba ko Kasi is easy to dismiss. Don’t be fooled because the movie has more to say than what you might assume from its poster.

Thanks to a thoughtful script Ang Taba ko Kasi shows the internal and external struggles of Olga. The comedic scenes are based from the common struggles in losing weight instead of the mean-spirited fat jokes to elicit a laugh. What makes the movie truly remarkable is it goes beyond comedy to portray the complexity of Olga’s issue – she’s not only a victim of unattainable body standards but also the perpetrator. The movie reflects her misguided view of perfection as well as portray how self-loathing influences the way she treats her jogging buddy and swimming instructor.

Cai Cortez and Ryan Illana deliver endearing performances that make you want to root for their characters. Spared from the cliches of frivolous movies, they’re not treated as caricatures with convenient story lines that you would typically see in makeover movies. They’re fleshed out roles doesn’t solely revolve around their weight.  The rest of the cast are decent enough.

While Ang Taba ko Kasi excels as a nuanced tale of self-acceptance, it’s not an effective romantic comedy. The relationships are thin and the love triangle is contrived.

Still, Ang Taba ko Kasi is an entertaining comedy with surprising depth, thanks to its commitment in delivering a good story rather than easy answers. In the end Olga still has a lot of work to do, but has realized that she’s more than just her fats.

My Rating: 8/10

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