Ahmed Helmy plays Magdy, an overweight man with a bunch of female friends who all see him as one of the girls, i.e. he’s about as sexually appealing to them as a teddy bear. All he wants is a woman who can see past his ‘unsightly’ exterior and see him for who he is inside. He reconnects with Dina (Donia Samir Ghanem), a girl he used to crush on back when he was a skinny kid, via Facebook and they get to know each other over the phone, without ever having seen any pictures of each other.

Dina, upon returning to Egypt, asks Magdy to pick her up from the airport which he agrees to do while secretly praying that she doesn’t turn out to be too conventionally attractive. When Magdy sees how beautiful Dina is, he lacks the confidence to out himself as Magdy and instead introduces himself as Magdy’s cousin Adel and informs her that Magdy had to travel abroad. With his friends’ help, he proceeds to try and get her to love him as Adel, fat and all.

In this reviewer’s opinion, this film tries to tackle a deep issue yet ends up perpetuating some pretty harmful stereotypes that only serve to ostracize the overweight. Besides, social conventions of attractiveness shift and anyway, and beauty is subjective; what one person sees as the epitome of beauty, another would consider their definition of ugly.

Helmy dons a fan suit for pretty much the entirety of the film and thus looks almost unrecognizable, the extra fat on his face does look quite fake though. He gives a very sympathetic portrayal and it’s due to him that the film comes across as merely misguided as opposed to mean or hateful.

Donia Samir Ghanem as Magdy’s love interest manages to come across as simultaneously peeved, exploitative and really, really nice. Her sudden flare ups and anger management methods are also pretty funny. Amy Samir Ghanem has a small but hilarious role as Mai, one of Magdy’s best friends. She meets a new guy practically every day over the internet and, chameleon style, changes her entire look and demeanor to fit the guy-du-jour’s taste becoming everything from a hijabi to a geisha. Nahed El Sibai has an awesome cameo as a friend of a friend who happens to be crushing on Magdy while mentally unstable and a compulsive over-sharer.

Going into a Helmy movie, you know exactly what you’re going to get; a light, funny film that all but charms your pants off and despite the sheer proliferation of fat-person-eats-enough-food-for-an-army jokes, X Large doesn’t deviate from this pattern.