Love on a Diet

Hong Kong's answer to Shallow Hal and other Hollywood comedies that patronize the obese in the name of empathy (2001). Pop idol Andy Lau and sultry sexpot Sammi Cheng, encased in fat suits by the makeup artists for The Nutty Professor, play a couple of 300-pounders who meet at a Japanese resort; after they gorge themselves shamelessly in the first half hour, Lau helps Cheng slim down so she can face her old boyfriend. The perfunctory direction is by Johnny To and Wai Ka-fai, whose mockery of faddish diets and condescending humor toward overweight people give way to the heartwarming conclusion that love is for the slender. In Cantonese and Japanese with subtitles. 94 min.

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