Grace a young but overweight mortuary cosmetician whose upbeat outlook on life is undermined by her critical family and humorless girlfriend. Her life takes an unexpected turn when she spies a handsome subway motorman on h... more »er way to work. Its love at first-sight at least for grace. Studio: Henstooth Video Release Date: 04/23/2002 Starring: Ricki Lake Craig Sheffer Run time: 94 minutes Rating: Nr Director: Paul Schneider« less
"What I liked about this movie is that it is more than meets the eye. It is one of the best romantic comedies that I have seen in recent times, which is why I'm surprised that more people don't know about it. The storyline is pretty standard (overweight, pessimistic girl think she can't find love - but runs into the man of her dreams), but yet the movie was done in such a way that it seemed realistic and not too fairytale-like. It has a universal appeal, especially to those of us who have been through periods of our lives where we felt low about ourselves or negative about finding true love. Although Ricki Lake's character is "overweight", this movie would appea to any woman because the feelings she has in this movie are ones that relate to just about any woman, no matter your size or shape. This is a good film to watch on Valentine's Day or if you are ever in the mood for a good romantic comedy."
Paige Turner | 03/07/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The second time I watched it was several years after the first time. I was older and barely remembered anything about the movie. Me and my sister watched it together and found it absolutely wonderful. I think Ricki Lake is a fabulous actress. She's quite charming and I find I like her style in movies.But about the movie. I have it on tape at home and taped it off of TV. It's one of those feel good movies that just have you reminiscing, especially if you're not exactly what most people call pretty or thin. It gives you hope. Her character Grace is very positive. One of a kind. She sees the man of her dreams ice skating and decides that's what she wants...him! So she places herself in events at which she runs into him. A specific part about Grace is that she didn't need thunder or lightning to see that this guy liked her. It simply happened during an ice skating collision while she was trying to get his attention. He helps her up and she sees it in his eyes. Then she knows he likes her... that aside from all the difficulty he might give her later... because of the looks of her... she is exactly what he needs. She doesn't ask for much and she likes Rob just the way he is. They have much in common. They both need someone to except them for who they are.It's medicine to the soul. She finds out about him, sets it up so they meet, forces a dinner invitation on him, and prays he'll show up one night.Grace is the right name for her...she has a lot of grace. The movie forces you to see her as a person and not as a size."
A Sweet Feel-Good Chick Flick About An Unlikely Couple
Paige Turner | Hawaii | 12/07/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I have watched this film over and over and I still enjoy it every time. It is a warm and fuzzy film, like a cup of hot chocolate. I like the fact that the main female character was a then plump Ricki Lake who does not fit the usual mode of anorexic size 0 heroines we're so used to seeing on TV and film. What makes it even better is this BBW is able to land her handsome prince. It's a type of "ugly duckling to swan" story in which Grace, in her determination to catch her man, transforms herself from a quiet, plain, colorless creature into a vibrant, stylish, confident woman. Rob (Craig Schaffer) discovers he and Grace are on the same wavelength; he finds himself enjoying Grace's company compared to that of his uptight, intense fiancee Olivia, who is bent on controlling and conforming Rob. He realizes a traditionally beautiful woman is not always the best choice, and begins to view Grace with new eyes. We see the somewhat rivalrous relationship between Grace and her new stepmother Wanda, who always takes little pot shots at Grace about her weight. When Grace appears with Rob stylishly dressed and confident, Wanda acts surprised and jealous. With the help of Rob, she is able to counteract Wanda's little digs and prove to her that she doesn't have to conform to a certain standard of beauty and size in order to land her man.
I would LOVE IT if Ricki Lake and Craig Schaeffer could reprise their roles and do a sequel of this movie, so we can see what happens with the characters."
A Wonderful Film!!!!!
M. Waters | Maryland | 06/05/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"When I first watched "Babycakes" years ago on television, I immediately fell in love with it! Ricki Lake does an excellent job playing Grace, an overweight lady with a larger-than-life personality and an even larger heart.The story revolves around her struggle to "fit in" and finally have a boyfriend. Grace and her friend spot and handsome guy named Rob while ice skating, and Grace makes it her mission to make this guy her own. She tries just about everything, but the one thing that really got him was her ability to be herself and not worry about what others thought about her. It was through her relationship (both good and bad aspects) with Rob that gave her the self-esteem she desperately needed. The movie concludes with a happy ending that will leave a permanent smile on your face!I highly recommend this film to anyone who would like to see an excellent, heart-warming film. This film really does let you know that you don't have to be the size of a model model to find true love, happiness, or respect and adoration - a lesson that so many people should learn. :) Watch this movie! You won't be disappointed!!!!"
Think you can't have that dreamboat? THINK AGAIN!
M. Waters | 07/21/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"If I had a dime for everytime I've watched this movie...LOL I'd be pretty doggone rich! Ricki Lake and Craig Sheffer are wonderful together as the most unlikely couple you'd imagine being together. I loved this film because it explores the realm of possibility that you don't have to be a supermodel or anorexic to find love and happiness. It also points out another very important issue about size. Grace knew she was big, but it was her confidence, attitude, and out going personality that made her sexy and ulitimately irrestible to Rob. A great "feel good" movie for any woman who has lost her confidence that she can have her dreamboat man! I highly reccommend this film!"