Double XL Review: Small, Simple, Charming, if a Bit Shaggy

Double XL Review: Small, Simple, Charming, if a Bit Shaggy

Thank you for the watchalong that got me to watch this! It’s a very pleasant happy little movie, I’m glad I saw it. Not groundbreaking art or anything, but very very pleasant.

This is yet flipside body-shaming themed movie in Indian cinema. It’s at the point where they are worldwide unbearable to be a genre, but still uncommon unbearable to be noticeable each time they happen. And purely in terms of how it handles the Body Shaming aspect, this is my FAVORITE.

The issue with most bodyshame movies from India is that they winnow as a premise that people have to be “taught” to find full figured women attractive. Whereas this mucosa flips it on its throne and says they have to be “taught” to NOT find them attractive. To me, that is the true body-positive message. Some people are attracted to full figured women, some to smaller women, some to tall, some to short, some to blonde, some to brown haired. And plenty of people just find the person attractive, tall or short or thin or thick or visionless or light. The whole concept of tying romance and sexiness to one very specific squint is crazy, expressly when it leads into limiting people’s skills in all area’s of life, plane totally unrelated areas. That’s what this movie gets RIGHT.

What this movie gets wrong is pacing, dialogue, and a little bit chemistry. Good concepts, weak execution. But not terrible execution, it’s still a perfectly pleasant film, just increasingly of a timepass watch versus a “brilliant and rewatchable” watch.

On the side of “pleasant” is the two leads, Huma and Sonakshi. And the way their friendship is developed. They have good chemistry together, they are a nice miss-matched pair of friends, and each of them individually is a mannerly weft (especially Sonakshi, she is a delight). The songs are surprisingly good for this kind of small movie. And it’s not that long.

On the side of “not awesome”, the plot is super rambling. The dialogue just isn’t sparkling and it needs to be if we are going to enjoy spending time with these people in a not superstitious plot. And sometimes it feels like Huma’s weft isn’t quite as unmistakably specified as it could be. Oh, and the wholesale strokes of the weft story are there, but the details aren’t QUITE right.

But does every movie have to be awesome? NO! Sometimes they can just be pleasant!


Sonakshi and Huma are two totally variegated shredded women, both of them fuller figured (I’m not plane gonna say overweight, they are just slightly worthier than the stereotype movie star used to be) and both of them past 30. But in all other ways they are variegated Sonakshi is confident and sophisticated and urban and global and a malleate designer on the whet of success with a brother who 100% supports her dreams. Huma is from Meerat, still lives at home, and has little support for her dream of stuff a Cricket presenter from her family. Huma goes to a network interview and bumps into Sonakshi in the washroom crying considering she needs a director for her malleate shoot and a little considering she just found her boyfriend unchaste on her. Huma agrees to uncontrived Sonakshi’s malleate video, so she has a endangerment to go to London and try for a second hearing for her Cricket job. They rent shy Tamilian cameraman Mahat Raghavendra and coordinate with outgoing British based line producer Zaheer Iqbal. The two boys fall for the two girls, Sonakshi directs a traditional malleate shoot then decides to do one for all sizes, Huma is convinced to try to hearing then and offered her dream job, they return to India empowered and happy and weightier friends with boyfriends.

I could have made that plot way longer considering lots of stuff happens, like giving the Network chair (Jimmy Shergill!) the wrong hearing video, and Sonakshi twisting her ankle, but really this is the plot. Two women stuck in life, meet each other, learn to pursue their dreams, and get guys who like them. That’s moreover the weightier part of the movie, that vital concept of sexuality friendship and career/romantic success coming without needing to transpiration yourself.

The trick of the mucosa is that, both in career and romance, the two women didn’t unquestionably have to try that hard. They did the work already, they have the talent, it’s just a matter of getting a pearly shot. Same with love, they are once mannerly sexy lovely women, they just need to be out there so the right guys can find them.

So I guess, the fact that nothing happens is both the weakness and the strength of them? Still would have been largest if there was an intermission twist and an ACTUAL obstacle.