57 user 34 critic

Heavy (1995)

R | | Drama, Romance | 5 June 1996 (USA)
The life of an overweight, unhappy cook is changed after a kind, beautiful college drop-out comes to work as a waitress at his and his mother's road-side restaurant.


James Mangold


James Mangold
3 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »





Complete credited cast:
Pruitt Taylor Vince ... Victor Modino
Shelley Winters ... Dolly Modino
Liv Tyler ... Callie
Debbie Harry ... Delores (as Deborah Harry)
Joe Grifasi ... Leo
Evan Dando ... Jeff
David Patrick Kelly ... Grey Man in Hospital
Marian Quinn ... Darlene
Meg Hartig Meg Hartig ... Donna
Zandy Hartig ... Jean
Peter Ortel Peter Ortel ... Tony
George Alvarez ... Orderly
Cordis Heard ... Nurse
J.C. MacKenzie ... Gas Man (as J.C. Mackenzie)
Allan D'Arcangelo Allan D'Arcangelo ... Sonny


Victor is a cook who works in a greasy bar/restaurant owned by his mother, Dolly. It's just the two of them, a waitress named Delores, and a heavy drinking regular, Leo. But things change when Callie, a beautiful college drop-out, shows up as a new waitress and steals Victor's heart. But Victor is too shy to do anything about it, and too self-consciously overweight to dream of winning Callie away from her demanding boyfriend, Jeff. Victor's terrible loneliness overwhelms him when he has to face losing what he loves the most. Written by Martin Lewison <lewison+@pitt.edu>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and a scene of sexuality | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »

Did You Know?


Directorial debut of James Mangold. See more »


Victor is walking across a bridge toward the camera with a bag of groceries in one arm and just before he stops to look over the side, a fuzzy mike cover can be seen briefly in the bottom left corner of the shot. See more »


Dolly: Why, you mustn't skip breakfast. It's the most imp... important meal.
Victor: I'm fat ma.
Dolly: You are not fat, you are not. Honey, you're husky, you're... you're well-built, you're macho!
Victor: I am fat ma!
See more »


Referenced in The Oprah Winfrey Show: Summer Movie Reviews (1996) See more »


Stuffing? I'm Staying!
Written by Peter Ortel (as Pete Ortel)
Performed by Evan Dando
Evan Dando appears courtesy of Atlantic Recording Corporation
See more »

User Reviews

Weighed down heavily by it's own self-importance
27 August 2004 | by neil_mcSee all my reviews

Liv Tyler puts on her best 'little girl lost' act in this dull tale of attraction between herself and a dopey, self-pitying chef.

The film attempts, and fails dismally, to construct a realistic story from this thin set-up, and amongst it's few highlights - the chef subtly trying to woo Liv Tyler with a Trebor's Extra Strong; and Tyler inexplicably getting aroused at the sight of a Boeing 747. Strange indeed.

As well as this, the dopey chef tries in vain to join the CIA (that's the Culinary Institute of America for anybody thinking otherwise) - there is also a brief mention of Ice Art which isn't built upon - relevance?, Tyler, again inexplicably, actually taking a camera to the slimy diner in which she works in order to have snaps of her collection of inbred workmates, while Pruitt Vince sees a ghost of Tyler at regular intervals along the way as well - which is obviously where Peter Jackson got the idea for her character in LoTR. Anyway, that's about as good as it get's folks. And I didn't even mention the all-singing, all-guitar-playing, captain of the 'ball team' boyfriend of Tyler's.

On a brighter note, James Mangold's direction is satisfactory - and it has to be, given that Pruitt Vince only has about 3 words to say throughout the entire film making any character development a touch tricky.

And in a pretty absurd conclusion, (spoiler warning - run, run for your life) Pruitt Vince seemingly becomes romantically involved with the shelf-stacker from the corner shop after their brief flirtations over a set of flying glass bottles - or something like that!

4 of 6 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 57 user reviews »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.






Release Date:

5 June 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Upstate Story See more »

Filming Locations:

Pennsylvania, USA See more »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$14,425, 9 June 1996

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
See full technical specs »

Contribute to This Page

Recently Viewed