Film / Fat Slags
The 2004 Live-Action Adaptation
of the Viz comic storyline Fat Slags
. The story follows two immense women from an over-the-top stereotype of the North-West of England
going to the slightly less over-the-top stereotype of London, to sit in the Studio Audience
of a current affairs show.
While there, they accidentally charm their way into the heart of a multi-multi-multi-billionaire, Sean Cooley (Jerry O'Connell
), who has just suffered a severe blow to the head. The blow makes him forget to hide his Chubby Chaser
fetish and, when he sees the girls on TV, he gets obsessed with them. He decides to make Fat Admirers the driving force behind all fashion and pop culture, while showering the ladies in gifts and unwittingly causing his besotten Personal Assistant, Paige (Geri Halliwell), to gorge herself into a Big Beautiful Woman
. First Britain and then, offscreen, the rest of the world become enthusiastic Fat Admirers and either Big Beautiful Women or those who want to be BBWs
This film provides examples of:
- Big Beautiful Woman: The Fat Slags spearhead the countrywide invocation of this trope, as it becomes a trend for all women to emulate them.
- Big Eater: Obviously the Fat Slags are the fat variety. Shortly after they start dating a multi-trillionaire, we have a scene showing one of the Fat Slags, then panning down her chest to follow a table piled three feet high with ridiculously fattening food for about a full minute before panning up the other Fat Slag. The pile of food is so long, they need a phone at each end to talk.
- Fartillery: Played straight. Somehow a release of gas causes their gardener to explode and their morning release causes multiple animals to run away.
- Fetish: Mr. Cooley suffers a blow to the head and suffers a change of personality, including suddenly being a Fat Admirer.
- Hollywood Pudgy: Subverted when Naomi Campbell does a cameo role in which her gain consists of about fifteen to twenty pounds and it is intentionally treated as not enough gain.
- In-Name-Only: By the 20-minute mark, the Slags are no longer in-character, are no longer factory workers, and are no longer in Northern England. The existence of Baz and Dave was shoehorned into the film last-minute and is irrelevant to the plot.
- Made of Explodium: The Slags' gardener explodes for no clearly defined reason, after having a fatally squished pet dog thrown into him and then falling into a wheelbarrow. Later on a laptop goes up in a similarly violent explosion, although it's implied at an earlier point that the laptop has a self-destruct mechanism which the Slags inadvertently trigger by whacking it around.
- Musicalis Interruptus: When one of the Slags gets out of a bathtub, the opera singer who was part of the background music screams in terror, causing the band to halt.
- Plot Hole: Cooley was being wheeled in for penis reattachment surgery after Tracy accidentally fell onto the secretary general and the slags were thrown in jail. Yet he's released from the hospital as the secretary general arrives in an ambulance. As Bad Movie Beatdown pointed out, either the poor secretary general had the longest ride to the ER the world has ever seen, or Cooley's delicate & complicated surgical procedure happened at warp speed.
- Status Quo Is God: Subverted - by the film's end they have lost not only everything they've gained over the course of their adventure, but even their house which was gutted to be put on display as a work of art. Their boyfriends manage to return from their little trip to Afghanistan, though how they did so is never explained. The national fad sparked from their shortlived television career also dies off about as abruptly as it began once Cooley stops promoting them.
- Stock Footage: Of animals (many of them African) running away from the Slags' Fartillery.
- The Unintelligible: The slags' boyfriends, Baz and Dave. Their thick northern accents & rapid speech are so incomprehensible they're mistaken for illegal immigrants and deported to Afghanistan - the interrogators think Dave, telling them that San gives Baz a "hard-on," actually said "Osama Bin Laden."