TV news reports tell us Americans are growing fatter everyday, and they prove it with footage of anonymous obese people, their faces obscured, jiggling down the sidewalk.
"Bigger" answers the question: What if you were that person? The one on TV, whose shirt buttons are straining valiantly to keep her girth safely encased in fabric? What if you were on the news?
Well, you’d go on a diet, probably. Which is what our plump protagonist Nicky Beets does in short order. But diets are roads potholed with pitfalls and snared with unexpected temptations. Nicky’s attempt is no exception.
She goes head to head with bread, her self-centered mother, a sadistic yoga instructor, and most importantly – her boyfriend. Chuck is immersed in his own dark troubles. His father has just passed away unexpectedly, and his main response has been withdrawal, peppered with occasional outbursts of rage. Nicky doesn’t have the first clue how to deal with him, and their relationship begins to show its weak spots.
While lighthearted and humorous, "Bigger" has its raw emotional moments as it addresses the issue of being overweight in a society that reveres the thin. And heartbreak is no small thing, even when a handsome stranger is waiting in the wings with a shot of tequila.