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by Rob Gonsalves

"Mangold's endurance-test debut."
3 stars

Victor (Pruitt Taylor Vince), a sluggish, overweight man, works as a short-order cook in a moth-eaten tavern owned by his mother (Shelley Winters). When a beautiful new waitress, Callie (Liv Tyler), is hired, Victor falls in love with her but knows she can never love him.

Aptly named in all respects, Heavy moves at a lumbering pace and is very big on quietly repressed fury and despair. One can give it credit for never introducing the cheesy melodramatic touches one expects, but that's really all it has going for it as a movie — rookie writer-director James Mangold avoids the clichés but forgets to put anything in their place except murmuring, endless tableaux of stoic rural suffering. (It's like The Spitfire Grill as an austere art-house film.) Neither a striking writer nor director, Mangold should probably be filed under the heading Works Well With Actors — he gets touching performances from Vince and even Liv Tyler and Deborah Harry (as an acid-tongued barmaid), though he can't do much with Evan Dando as Callie's unpleasant musician boyfriend.

The movie has a kind of elegance, but it's a very long sit.

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5/09/07 Indrid Cold A quietly beautiful slice of life. 4 stars
10/16/04 Charles Volcher They should have gave Debbie the Oscar for Best Picture 5 stars
3/14/01 Phil M. Afficianado Reminiscent of Baghdad Cafe, but cinema verite. Great casting & performances. Puzzling end. 4 stars
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  05-Jun-1996 (R)



Directed by
  James Mangold

Written by
  James Mangold

  Pruitt Taylor Vince
  Shelley Winters
  Liv Tyler
  Debbie Harry
  Joe Grifasi
  Evan Dando

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