200 Pounds Beauty (2006)

Only God can do everything. The rest of us can only do what we’re capable of

words: Desmond Childs

“Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it”

Confucius

Were you one of the ugly kids? Or one of the cool kids? Better yet, what click did you hangout with? Band Nerds? Jocks? The weirdo kids that stayed in the computer lab during lunch? Me? I was with the average joe. Sometimes I hung out with the Jock too. I played football. And the kids in the computer lab? Those cats really knew were all the best computer game sites were. Being an “average joe” was a blessing and a curse. On one hand, I kind of knew a lot of people. But on the other, I had very few actual friends. My only true friends, were the “average joes” like me. And we all didn’t really hangout at school much. We were too busy trying to fit in with the nerds, jocks, and cool kids. Funny, right?

200 Pounds Beauty is about Hanna, a backstage singer. She works as a “voice” double for a popular idol, Ammy, who only dances and performs at concerts. Ammy has fame and fortune as well as the esteem of her many fans. But the one thing she can’t get? Sang-jun, her agent? You know, like romantically? She likes the guy, or at least wants him to like her for more than what she is. Anyway, Sang-jun doesn’t seem all that impressed with his uber-popular idol client. Strangely enough, he seems to give a lot of his attention to the Hanna. An overweight (Nutty  Professor, fat suit for the win), unattractive young woman. Things really start to get interesting when the overweight backstage singer (Hanna) decides to undergo plastic surgery to impress the agent guy. And the rest…is sorta cliche.

My experience with this movie was a very positive one. It’s got this silly, awkward sensibility that mixes well into this coming of age story. Why is it coming of age? Because it’s all about accepting who you are. Hanna (the backstage singer) wants to be loved for who she is, but is willing to do whatever it takes to get Sang-ju to notice her. The rest of the movie deals with Hanna trying to adjust to her new life as a budding starlet  the relationship with San-jun, and the burden of having to keep her operation a secret from him. I could really feel for Hanna (played by Ah-jung Kim) sometimes. Even after her procedure to become “pretty” her confidence and self-esteem take longer to build. At first it’s because she’s unsure whether she’ll be able to keep her secret. Later, her desire to sing begins to fade when she becomes popular due to her secret. She never feels like she’s Hanna. And it’s hard for her to keep up the façade  At some points in the movie, she begins to double-speak, horrified by the idea of Sang-ju or someone else discovering her as fake. However, the movie doesn’t become a dark, brooding piece. It remains light and sweet. We see Hanna struggle. But we’re never allowed to dwell on it. Because the movie wants us to always remember that there it still hope. What would cause me to type such a cheesy line of analyse  Well the one thing Hanna (now Jenny) has going for her, is that she can sing. That’s right folks, she can really, really blow! Well, at least better than anyone in this picture. I mean Ammy is terrible. Anyway, even from the beginning, we’re all made to hold the one truth as clear as day in this movie: Hanna has talent. She has great potential and in her own way (even before the surgery) she was beautiful.

Yeah, I’d recommend this movie. Date night. It’s pretty clean save a few harsh swear words in the beginning. There’s no gratuitous sex (what a concept!). There’s no screaming matches in public. It’s just all heart. There’s a lot of heart in this movie. And it rings through with the solid supporting cast, the sweet, silly tone and the good, all-around performance from Ah-jung Kim. It isn’t perfect by any stretch, but it doesn’t strive to. Full circle, 200 Pounds Beauty does really well with what it’s given.

For to set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace

-Romans 8:6

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