is a 1980 dramedy movie, written, produced, and directed by Anne Bancroft
The movie stars Dom De Luise
as Dominick DiNapoli, a middle-aged bachelor whose love for food could shorten his life, a fear that is faced by Dom and his family, after the family's favorite cousin dies at the young age of 39, from his own obesity. While Dom does try to change his ways, he continues to fall off the bandwagon, to which even his sister Antoinette (played by Bancroft) exclaims, "The more you try to help him, the worse he gets!" Dom's life is changed, however, when Lydia (Candice Azzara) enters; the two fall in love with each other, though Dom's insecurities about himself trouble him.
This film provides examples of:
- Acid Reflux Nightmare: Subverted when Dom can't sleep, and nothing but food-related commercials on television cause him to go berserk.
- Ambiguously Jewish: Even though most of the characters are depicted as Roman Catholic, a number of them are played by Jewish actors (Anne Bancroft, Candice Azzara, et al.)... and it really shows.
- One of the Chubby Checkers was actually Jewish; Frankie, Dom's little brother, even referred to him as "The Jew".
- Amusing Injury: Happens off camera, when Lydia's brother accidentally chops his finger off, and it takes the paramedics fifteen minutes to find it, all the while he falls into a coma.
- Aww, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other: Dom isn't aware at first that Lydia returns his feelings of love for her.
- Berserk Button:
- Dom being deprived of food.
- Dom's obsession with food drives his siblings crazy.
- Big Applesauce
- Big Eater: Dom's problem.
- And the support group "Chubby Checkers" aren't much help, either.
- Comfort Food: And how.
- Crazy Consumption: When Dom and the Chubby Checkers end up having a late night food party.
- The Danza: Dom DeLuise as Dominick "Dom" DiNapoli.
- Death By Gluttony: Lampshaded with Cousin Sal.
- Dysfunctional Family: Dom and his little brother Frankie live on the top floor of a brownstone house, while their older sister Antoinette lives on the bottom floor, with her husband, and two kids... and they have a lot of relatives.
- Food Porn: Lampshaded with Dom and the Chubby Checkers, as talking and reminiscing about their old favorite edible treats is enough to arouse them.
- Freudian Excuse: We have a beauty in this movie. The movie starts off in flashback, from Dom as a baby, through his childhood, into his adulthood, as we see whenever some thing had upset him, his mother's first reaction is to give him some thing to eat to comfort him. It's this kind of habit that ruined him as an adult, even at one point, in a fit of self-loathing, he blames his mother's excessive feeding him as a boy for his uncontrolable appetite. Shortly thereafter, however, he does realize that she did it out of love... and it makes even more sense when we learn at one point in the movie that aside from himself, Antoinette, and Frankie, their mother lost a few other children at very young ages; so when one thinks about it, his mother was simply trying to take care of him as best she could.
- Gratuitous Italian: Considering that practically every single character in this movie is an Italian-American, and the movie itself is set in Brooklyn.
- Long List: The seemingly never-ending "Do Not Eat" list the diet doctor gives Dom... so long, it drives him to tears.
- Memetic Mutation: "You ate the 'ony'!"
- Trademark Favorite Food: Dom loves bread.
- Tuckerization: The family name for the DiNapoli's comes from Anne Bancroft's mother's maiden name.
- Lydia is fond of the Chinese sausage and narcissus bulbs at the local Chinese restaurant.
- Unintentional Period Piece: A number of viewers like to point out the sequence where Dom buys two full bags of Chinese food for his family, at only $40, compared to today's inflation and price hikes, where the same amount of Chinese food would cost upwards of $200.