By the scathing review that Rex Reed wrote for The Observer, it’s obvious that he didn’t enjoy Jason Bateman and Melissa McCarthy‘s new movie, Identity Thief. I’m just not sure why he thought is was appropriate to describe McCarthy as “tractor sized” and a “hippo.” I’ve never once claimed that I couldn’t stand to read one of Reed’s reviews because his nose is too big or his face is too fat. That would be ridiculous.
I get to the movies about once every six months. Due to the rarity of the event, I often scour reviews to make sure I’m not totally wasting my time. Maybe I’m out of the cinematic loop, but since when did someone’s acting performance have anything to do with the way that they look?
Melissa McCarthy (Bridesmaids) is a gimmick comedian who has devoted her short career to being obese and obnoxious with equal success. Poor Jason Bateman. How did an actor so charming, talented, attractive and versatile get stuck in so much dreck?
This really kills me. Despite her size, McCarthy has managed to make it in a size-zero obsessed Hollywood. Do I think she uses her size to her advantage to add to her comedic flare? Probably. She’s hilarious and she happens to be larger than most actresses in Hollywood. Why is it so offensive when larger women use physical comedy? Their male counterparts don’t seem to have a problem doing it. Kevin James, Seth Rogan and Jonah Hill all seem to be able to use their less-than-perfect physiques to add to their comedic and romantic roles. Even though Reed is overweight himself, is he just so disgusted by the sight of a woman that doesn’t conform to Hollywood’s standards of perfection that he can’t write a review without attacking her personally?
McCarthy told Today Entertainment, “Sometimes I wish I were just magically a size 6 and I never had to give it a single thought. But I am weirdly healthy, so I don’t beat myself up about it — it wouldn’t help, and I don’t want to pass that on to my girls.” Now, not only do I think she’s a hilarious actress, but a great mother. Hollywood needs more actresses like her, who make the more average-sized women of America feel included. We could also use less critics like Reed – who feel entitled to make such offensive personal attacks on the actors they’re reviewing.