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Leighann Paige 04/23/2017 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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After killing a gypsy woman with his car by mistake and getting away with it, an obese lawyer is cursed with nonstop weight loss. When he discovers that weight loss will kill him, he goes through a journey to gain his life back, which uncovers personal turmoils he didn't know existed. Thinner balanced horror, drama, and thriller elements in an entertaining way. Though the characters are a little unlikable, the story was compelling and had enough twists to keep me interested. In the middle of the film, there are some odd pacing issues and the inclusion of the lead's mob companion makes sense, but dulls the impact of the piece. It's a good watch for horror fans, but don't expect anything spectacular. Bonus for King fans: he's in the film.

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MovieAddict 03/16/2012 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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The premise of the story revolves around a 300 lb lawyer Billy Halleck (Robert John Burke) who accidentally kills an old gypsy woman. Because he has friends in high places, he gets off, even though the accident was his fault. The father (Michael Constantine) of the dead gypsy woman places a curse on Billy by placing his hand on the cheek and whispering, "Thinner". The lawyer starts to lose weight at an alarming rate and draws closer to his own death so he calls on his friends in organized crime to help him persuade the gypsy to lift the curse. Joe Mantegna was great as the mob buddy. Anyway it was pretty creepy and deserves it's just desserts. How about some strawberry pie? “Die Clean White man from Town….Die Clean!”

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BmovieJosh 09/28/2009 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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I think that this is the most underated King book and Holland film ever. I'd never even heard of it untill I got the chance to meet Mr. Holland at a festival a year ago and heard someone talking about it. 'Thinner' is a really good film. If you haven't seen it yet tell net flicks to get it to your house asap!

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Chris Kavan 08/25/2009 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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Why they chose this book for a movie is beyond me, as I never considered it King's best. The best part of this movie is the change Robert John Burke goes through as the film progresses. Even if the story is meh, the effects are great.

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