HUGE “Movie Night” Review

HUGE (ABC Family) Movie Night Episode 5

With each episode of HUGE, the weight issue that initially made the show intriguing begins to take a back seat to the characters and their familiar teenage struggles. This is a good thing, and perhaps even the intent of the show’s creators. The personalities of the characters are coming together. And we can finally talk about them as something more than just one-dimensional, assigned role.

The episode “Movie Night” is tinged with a whodunit mystery, regarding who actually “did it” in their sleeping bag at last year’s camp movie night. Chloe turns out to be the heroine of the incident. This year campers weren’t allowed sleeping bags, but Chloe still gets some first base action with Trent. It is unclear if she gets any more than that. But it is clear that Trent has some sort of fascination with Ian and his music/talent. Ian and Will make up from last week’s fight over her journal; and they agree to write songs together. Being abandoned by Chloe, Amber is in a stew and unsure whether George likes her or not; he seems to be torn about his feelings, too. The land surveyor Wayne comes back to the camp to build the fence at the property line. In case she is sending the wrong signals, Dr. Rand clearly states to him that she just needs a fence. Love really is a nightmare.

However, there were some good moments that I must mention from this episode of Huge. I was greatly amused by Becca and her use of runes to write her most secret thoughts, as well as her excitement over Umbrellas of Cherbourg. Equally amusing was seeing Alistair knit in his bunk. I also laughed at the scene where Will first approaches Ian with the intent to make amends. Why was he still doing CPR on the dummy?! And most perplexing is why everything Wayne says sounds like some sort of prophesy or foreshadowing to me?

Since watching Huge, I’ve learned that there is a National Association to Advance Fat Acceptance (NAAFA) and an Association for Size Diversity and Health. When I heard about these organizations, I did not immediately make a neural connection between them and Huge. It occurred to me that the show for me was no longer about watching overweight teens at a weight loss camp. It was just about the teens themselves, their emotions, and their relationships with one another. I find that many people still label Huge as the show with the fat actors and question why anyone would want to watch it. This does a disservice to the actors, as well as to the underlying messages the show is trying to convey–the most important being acceptance. If you are judging the show based on the appearance of plus size actors or are only negatively seeing yourself being reflected back, you may be missing the point of the show. Try looking from the inside out.