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I Need to Lose 10 Pounds (2006)



I Need to
Lose 10 Pounds

 

I Need to Lose 10 Pounds is a ridiculously silly musical comedy about a high school student going to extreme lengths to lose 10 pounds and inadvertently ends up involved in some random, huge adventure.  He has a brother with leprosy and is the world's only hope against the evil Richard Simmons (weight loss guru or maniac?) ...oh yeah, and there's a mute assassin too.  If nothing else, you definitely can't say that this film is predictable or formulaic!  From the film's conception in 2000 to it's completion in 2006, writer and director Frankie Frain (who also acts in the film) enlisted the help of neighborhood friends and used whatever locations were available to him to get this film made.  It began as a high-school student's small project, but apparently became somewhat of an obsession.  


If viewed as a professional film, I Need to Lose 10 Pounds would be unwatchable.  The movie feels very long even though it's probably around 80 minutes.  The story and most of the details are just so amazingly silly that it is absolutely impossible to take the film seriously.  The acting is absolutely awful and way over the top, yet very heartfelt.  The singing is painfully off key...but with emotion.  However, you shouldn't watch this movie as if there was any attempt to make a professional film.  It doesn't pretend to be that kind of film.  Even though the effort it must have taken to finish this thing is definitely impressive, the film itself never takes itself seriously.  Basically, I Need to Loose 10 Pounds is the Lord of the Rings of weekend projects by bored high school students.  It is absolutely amazing that it was ever completed considering the amount of time it took and the number of people involved.  I've heard horror stories about keeping a crew together for a month.  I've heard about people giving up on a film that's taken more than a year.  So just the fact that after several years of work, Frain kept going gives the film a lot of credit.  Although most aspects of the film are very amateur, the editing is actually pretty good and the spirit of the film is wonderful.  In fact, it won the Tromadance Film Festival in 2006 and got a distribution deal with Troma Team Video.  In conclusion, if you enjoy the most no budget, amateur, silly, random films that you can find, I Need to Loose 10 Pounds is at the top of my list of recommendations.

 

Gore-o-meter rating: 0 out of 5 (no gore)

Skin-o-meter: 0 out of 5 (no skin)