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    How to Survive: Apex Legends — Apex Legends Survival Guide

    At FinalBoss, we’re known for our quirky survival guides. Well, I say known… I’ve written a handful. Usually, these are on-the-nose, humorous pieces, like the most recent one about surviving Avengers Endgame. However, we’re here today with what might be construed (dangerously) as an actual purpose. We’re here to look at how to survive in […] The post How to Survive: Apex Legends — Apex Legends Survival Guide appeared first on...

    At FinalBoss, we’re known for our quirky survival guides. Well, I say known…

    I’ve written a handful.

    Usually, these are on-the-nose, humorous pieces, like the most recent one about surviving Avengers Endgame. However, we’re here today with what might be construed (dangerously) as an actual purpose. We’re here to look at how to survive in Apex Legends.

    FinalBoss have already covered a few topics on improving your game, including our comprehensive guide on how to win at Apex Legends. Today though, we’re taking an exclusive look at how not to end up as a tantalising little loot box.

    Avoid the Mozambique

    Mozambique meme

    The gun is a tragedy, a plague upon the Apex Legends landscape. The top, and most poignant tip in this Apex Legends survival guide, is to just run the other way. The problem is that you are to likely pick this gun up early in the game if there is nothing else around, but even dust is superior to this monstrosity.

    Having the Mozambique tempts you into conflict when you’ve just dropped, because you are under the misconception you have a gun. However, the Mozambique is so poor it’ll be outmatched by any other weaponry available, or even just a small stone or roll of tissue paper that somebody might throw at you. Flee at the sight of it. Don’t let it fool you into thinking you’ve got an actual offensive piece of artillery, and you’ll survive much longer in Apex.

    Keep Watching the Skiis Skies

    Simpsons skiies

    We all know where you drop can make a huge difference to what you find. Hot Zones have the best loot, then you’ve got the highs, mids and lows. But the quality of gear isn’t all you should be considering while hurtling towards what is almost certainly your avatar’s last few minutes in this world.

    Look around you. Use freeroam to monitor your fellow jumpers. The trail-blazing squads are easy enough to spot, which makes them easy enough to avoid as well. A zone that is being crammed with opponents is not going to support survival.

    It’s going to be a cluster****.

    Granted, these messy encounters can be fun, but they’re usually also a ticket to a quick and early grave. Instead, if you see too many squads hitting your LZ, adjust coordinates and move on. You don’t even have to go far. Just far enough to stay outside the melee long enough to grab a decent gun and body armour before you see whether or not you can outlast Leeroy Jenkins.

    Recharge Your Shields

    It’s easy to underestimate the value of shields in Apex Legends when the fighting gets heavy, but having some armour bolstering your health is utterly essential when it comes to making it out a firefight alive. There are three steps to this process, and they are very easy to follow.

    • Step 1 – Find something that lets you recharge your shields
    • Step 2 – Keep it fixed to your equipment roll for easy access
    • Step 3 – Duck out of combat and use the damn things!

    Stick Together

    If you really want to know how to survive in Apex Legends, you need to be thinking about the people to your left and right. Your squad is your lifeline – as is Lifeline herself – and they’re as important to your survival as that wall is to Trump’s presidency.

    The winning squads are the ones who move around in tight units, picking off stragglers and breaking teams down. The firepower of three is always going to beat the firepower of a lone wolf. Now, you don’t have to be going it alone to simply get separated. It’s easy to wander off while looting and find you are all miles away from each other. But this can leave you vulnerable and your squad becomes liable to be picked off.

    The best way to keep that from happening is to maintain awareness. Use your pings to set directions and communicate if you can. Form up, stay together and don’t let yourself get lost in the supermarket without Mum and Dad.

    Use Your Senses

    Until smell-i-vision is invented, you won’t be able to catch a sweet note of rust as Pathfinder clinks on by, but the use of another sense can be very useful when looking at how to survive in Apex Legends: hearing.

    Similar to many modern shooters, the key to getting an edge on your opponents might just come down to your awareness of them. In Apex, footsteps, gunshots and other noises can be heard with a great deal of clarity; especially if you are wired up with a decent pair of gaming headphones.

    Using sound to identify where your enemies are is important, as it allows you to out manoeuvre them. Playing without a headset, with low volume, or a TV system with poor sound quality definitely puts you at a disadvantage when it comes to staying alive. All good hunts in the animal kingdom have a fierce set of ears, and there is a damn good reason for that.

    Looking for more gaming articles? Maybe TV insights or movie features instead? FinalBoss has got you covered!

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    How the Gaming Industry is Leading the Way in Social Responsibility

    Across the majority of industries, now is not a good time to be a CEO. Sure, pay packets are skyrocketing for those at the top of the food chain but, with income inequality between those at the top and those at the bottom wider than ever before, trust in big business among the public is at an […] The post How the Gaming Industry is Leading the Way in Social Responsibility appeared first on...

    Across the majority of industries, now is not a good time to be a CEO. Sure, pay packets are skyrocketing for those at the top of the food chain but, with income inequality between those at the top and those at the bottom wider than ever before, trust in big business among the public is at an all-time low – a phenomenon which can be partly attributed to a wider cultural shift following the 2008 crash.

    The gaming industry, however, is one of the few outliers. As a whole, it is proving itself to be much more concerned about moral and social responsibility than many other industries. Here’s how.

    Diversity and Representation

    Compared to the white, stale, and male industries such as finance and law, the gaming industry is a beacon for diversity. There are a huge number of women in top roles, whilst many gaming companies are spearheading initiatives to hire more POC developers and managers. Representation in video games is also much more progressive than in other media, with major titles such as The Last of Us, Gone Home, and The Sims 4 has recently won praise for the racial, sexual, and gender diversity they display.

    Sims 4 Gaming

    Consumer Wellbeing

    Video games have always been at the centre of debates about wellbeing and health. Fortunately, many major companies are working hard to address these challenges and look after their players. One sector where this trend is particularly pronounced is the online casino sector. Major providers of casino games have set up means of focusing on this, such as Mr Green which now features a Predictive Tool allowing players to monitor their screen time and set limits on their deposits and losses. This focus on customer wellbeing over pure profit is the new ethical standard in the gaming industry, one that will continue far into the future.

    Charity and Philanthropy

    Humble Bundle

    Gaming companies of all sizes have shown a strong willingness to use their resources to make the world a better place. The list of recent examples of this is endless. Sega recently used Sonic the Hedgehog memes to encourage fans to donate to aid projects in Uganda, raising millions in just a few hours. The digital game store Humble Bundle gives 100% of its proceeds to charity, having raised over £100 million this way so far. The company behind League of Legends, Riot Games, has matched millions of dollars in charitable donations from their gaming community. The list goes on and on.

    Environmental Sustainability

    The gaming industry has also paved the way when it comes to looking after our physical world. Greenpeace recently named Sony Computer Entertainment as one of the most eco-friendly major brands in the world, thanks to their low-energy consumption consoles. Meanwhile, Ubisoft has been leading the way with their Green Gaming initiative, which has helped ensure their game products are made out of sustainable materials and that none of their developers use paper manuals. Activision Blizzard has won praise for using soy-based inks for all of their products, helping reduce their carbon footprint considerably. It seems that green gaming is now the norm.

    Of course, the gaming industry as a whole still has a lot of work to do. However, that shouldn’t detract from the great things that the biggest companies are achieving. The rest of the world has a lot to learn from the world of gaming.

    Looking for more gaming articles? What about TV insights or movie features? FinalBoss has you covered!

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    7 Things You Didn’t Know About Apex Legends

    In its very limited lifespan, Apex Legends has already collected scores of fans and looks set to be one of the most played games of the decade, let alone 2019. While you may be more concerned about how to win at Apex Legends than knowing every subtle nuance that comes packed into the game, there […] The post 7 Things You Didn’t Know About Apex Legends appeared first on...

    In its very limited lifespan, Apex Legends has already collected scores of fans and looks set to be one of the most played games of the decade, let alone 2019.

    While you may be more concerned about how to win at Apex Legends than knowing every subtle nuance that comes packed into the game, there can be benefits to keeping yourself aware of stuff that other players don’t know about. In this article, we’re looking at things you didn’t know about Apex Legends, some of which will help you improve your game, some of which are just a bit of fun.

    Legendaries Give Perks

    Apex Legenderies

    Getting a legendary item in Apex Legends is always a bonus. From the incredible sniper and shotgun to having a brutally tough shield to break through, finding legendary gear never gets old. But, were you aware there are benefits to legendary items beyond what they say on the tin? Depending on the item, you receive a certain perk for having it equipped. The perks are:

    • Armour: You refill your shields to full up executing an enemy
    • Backpack: When using a health or shield top-up item, they are consumed at twice the speed
    • Helmet: Your cooldowns, such as Lifeline’s health drone, are quicker
    • Knockout Shield: When you go down, you can self-revive.

    You Can Hang From Walls

    Even most novice players with have noticed you can run up walls and hop over buildings. However, here is something you didn’t know about Apex Legends. If you start the process of jumping over a wall, but let go of your movement key or control stick before you make the leap, you can hang from the wall.

    Why would you do this?

    Because your camera view will be positioned over the wall, allowing you to scout out areas before making the commitment to go all in. You can’t shoot in the stance, and your head is poking out and exposed, but you can easily let go if spotted, saving you from jumping into a bloodbath.

    There is a Loch Ness Easter Egg

    Gamer developers really are a bunch of kooky people aren’t they? There is always something strange to be found if you go deep enough into the architecture of a game, and Apex Legends is no different.

    In a throwback to the Titanfall games, about the map you’ll find a bunch of toy dinosaurs that can be shot and destroyed. When done so in the correct order, you’ll spawn a Loch Ness monster off the coast. It doesn’t hang about long, but it’s pretty damn impressive to witness and adds an interesting little side quest for people who’ve had enough of shooting people and would rather nail some plushies full of led.

    Pathfinder Can Hook Opponents

    Hooking yourself around the Apex Legend’s map like Spider-Man is one of Pathfinder’s most endearing traits — that and his brilliant one-liners. But did you know you could use his grapple to pull opponents into you? The grapple itself does no damage, but it can be advantageous in certain situations:

    • You’ve got a shotgun and the jump on them. You can pull them in and splatter their frail little body
    • They are chasing after a low-health ally. Hooking them in can give your squad-mate time to escape
    • You’ve just landed and you are in one of those frantic melee battles. Grappling an enemy can give you a chance to land a good punch, or confuse them.

    The Game Was Leaked a Year Ago and Nobody Gave a F***

    Here is something we definitely bet you didn’t know about Apex Legends: Details of the game actually emerged a year ago, but nobody paid any attention to them. The title, which has seemingly come out of nowhere and grabbed the attention of 25 million players, was actually deep in development as far back as April 2018. How do we know this? Because somebody leaked the map on Reddit.

    People weren’t too bothered about the prospect of a Titanfall Battle Royale game, especially with games like Fortnite and Player Unknown soaking up all the glory. The leak got little-to-no coverage and was ignored by the wider gaming community. Flashforward a year and Apex Legends pretty much promises to be the most successful game of the year.

    In a way, we’re glad it happened this way. Apex Legends was a brilliant little surprise released by EA and Respawn. If there had been huge hype around it, the whole magic behind the title would have probably been ruined.

    Bloodhound Is General Neutral

    When looking at things you didn’t know about Apex Legends, here’s one that may have slipped under the radar. Bloodhound is described as non-binary, which means they are not male or female. Apex Legends is one a very few games to include this kind of LGQTQ+ diversity. It’s an interesting inclusion, and makes total sense when you really consider the character. Everything from voice to body type is completely non-identifying of gender.

    Breaking Off During a Jump Boosts Speed

    As we come to the end of this list of things you didn’t know about Apex Legends, we thought it best to leave you on something practical and helpful. So here it is.

    During the drop process as the start of the game, you’ll find that you can increase your speed by breaking off from your team and flying solo. This is because when you break away, you get a boost forwards, allowing you to land slightly earlier.

    Splitting up from your squad may not sound like a great idea, but it can be useful. Not only does it allow you to hit the ground faster and get loot together before others, but it can be useful from holding strategic points in highly-contested areas.

    Looking for more gaming articles? Maybe you want to check out some movie content or TV insights instead? FinalBoss has you covered!

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    Best Apex Legends YouTubers: Streamers and Players You Need to Watch

    Who are the best Apex Legends Youtubers? It’s not an easy question to answer. With 25 million active players across the world, Apex has reached some pretty dizzying heights of popularity in its very short existence. The result is there are loads of Youtubers out there all vying for your views, but who should you […] The post Best Apex Legends YouTubers: Streamers and Players You Need to Watch appeared first on...

    Who are the best Apex Legends Youtubers? It’s not an easy question to answer. With 25 million active players across the world, Apex has reached some pretty dizzying heights of popularity in its very short existence. The result is there are loads of Youtubers out there all vying for your views, but who should you be paying attention to?

    FinalBoss have been scouring the video-sharing platform looking for the best Apex Legends Youtubers, and we think we’ve put together a pretty decent list. Covering everything from streams and guides to funny videos and highlight reels, you’ll be guaranteed to find at least one Youtuber on this list offering up the kind of video content you are looking for.

    So, if you’re after tips on how to win at Apex Legends, or you just want to sit back and laugh at some epic outtakes, check out our list of the best Apex Legends Youtubers and discover content creators that may just become your favourite new channels.

    Shroud

    Channel: Shroud

    Subs: 4.5 Million

    Content Breakdown: With gameplay videos, guides, streams, opinion pieces, weapon matchups, humorous content and more, there is not much relating to Apex Legends that Shroud does not cover.

    Reasons to Watch: If the depth of content on offer wasn’t enough, the regularity at which Shroud posts, almost daily, means he’s one of the best Apex Legends Youtubers around at the moment for sheer volume of videos. Shroud also has a massive following of 4.5 million subs from a long career on the platform, meaning there is a wide-reaching community around his channel that you can get involved in if that’s your thing. In terms of the actual videos, his gameplay quality is impressive, thanks to his pinpoint accuracy, and his guides and comparison pieces offer some unique looks at Apex setups that are well worth checking out.

    Dizzy

    Channel: dizzy

    Subs: 240,000

    Content Breakdown: Up-and-coming, dizzy’s channel is all about gameplay videos.

    Reasons to Watch: dizzy is one of the best Apex Youtubers for gameplay videos. His subscriber base might not be the highest on this list, but his content has repeatedly gone viral amongst Apex fans thanks to the skill behind his gaming style. dizzy is also quite quiet as far as gaming streamers go. His videos are about as far away as ‘Cartman Brah’ as you can get. This is a channel for those who want to sit back and watch somebody absolutely crush it, hammering opponents with extreme accuracy and tactical play. You aren’t going to find guides on getting better at the game, this is more like watching a pro at work.

    RaynDay

    Channel: RaynDay Gaming

    Subs: 230,000

    Content Breakdown: This channel is focused primarily on guides, how-to pieces and ranking videos, looking at providing in-depth content on everything related to improving your game.

    Reason to Watch: RyanDay Gaming is an awesome channel for gamers who might consider themselves amongst the more casual crowd. There isn’t a lot of content for those who have totted up ample hours, but for those who play occasionally or that are new to the game, here is potentially the best Apex Legends Youtuber you will find. From myth busting and guides to winning your first game, to ranking guns and gear, those who think they may be lacking in Apex Legends knowledge can learn a lot from RaynDay Gaming.

    Drift0r

    Channel: Drift0r

    Subs: 1.4 Million

    Content Breakdown: As with other best Apex Legends youtubers, Drift0r covers a wealth of different topics. Most of his videos are guides, although he also has some humorous content and streams as well.

    Reasons to Watch: Drift0r is a great YouTuber and streamer for chilled out gamers. His style isn’t as enthusiastic as other popular gaming streamers, but that’s perfect for those who want a bit more of a laid back approach. His guides are concise and well put together, while his gameplay videos are edited to cut out anything dry or slow, keeping them engaging from beginning to end. He’s also very on-the-ball when it comes to keeping content fresh, for example, he was posting Octane guides and information about the season 1 patch very soon after it launched.

    Top Apex Plays

    Channel: Top Apex Plays

    Subs: 88,000

    Content Breakdown: Nothing but plays and random Apex Legends moments submitted by users. Essentially, this is an aggregator channel.

    Reasons to Watch: Top Apex Plays is basically just a highlight reel, like you will have seen for many of your other favourite games. They don’t so much rank plays, but provide you with the most interesting, skilful, and downright bizarre submissions. Updated regularly, there is no doubt this is one of the best Apex Legend Youtubers when it comes to variety of gameplay clips.

    Looking for more gaming articles? Maybe you’d like TV insight or movie pieces instead? FinalBoss has you covered!

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    Interview With British Rationals’ Keif Gwinn

    Keif Gwinn is a director and producer based in the UK, focusing mostly on short film content. Keif, alongside co-creator and host CMJ Taylor, with co-producer Nick Briggs, together spearhead the Youtube channel British Rationals. Rationals follows a mock interview of an on-the-beat style newscast, with each episode’s aim to be as relevant and fresh […] The post Interview With British Rationals’ Keif Gwinn appeared first on...

    Keif Gwinn is a director and producer based in the UK, focusing mostly on short film content. Keif, alongside co-creator and host CMJ Taylor, with co-producer Nick Briggs, together spearhead the Youtube channel British Rationals. Rationals follows a mock interview of an on-the-beat style newscast, with each episode’s aim to be as relevant and fresh while they lampoon that day’s news. Via email, we talked with Keif about the show and the amount of work that goes on behind the scenes in making an episode.

    FinalBoss.io: Hi, Keif. Congrats on four seasons of British Rationals. How’s it all going?

    Keif Gwinn: Thank you! All very well thanks. We kind of count the 2018 – Year in Review shows as season 5, because we had a production break between the end of four and producing the end of year review shows over December. Still, 52 episodes to date!

    FB: Everything about the show is so very, very British. Rationals “characters” are people that you could quite easily overhear in the pub, and the whole thing has its own sort of weird sense of backwards patriotism, I feel. Rewatching through some of the faux interviews, I personally was reminded of “Creature Comforts” stylings. How important is that comedy “voice” for you?

    Keif: Yes it was very important to us when we created the show. We wanted everyone to feel real, have an identifiable personality and every time you meet a character, while your time is short with them, over time you’ll get to know them. Gogglebox for news was a thought we had, when describing the show to people. We’ve found it’s important to have a strong personality come through clearly on the character. They’re all exaggerations of people we’ve met, and they’ve also developed on their own through the run, with some going in some wonderful new directions.

    BTS of British Rationals with Keif Gwinn
    From Left to Right: CMJ Taylor (AKA Carpet Martin), producer Nick Briggs, and creator Keif Gwinn.

    FB: How does the writing process work? How do you decide what topics should be discussed that day, or not? What is off limits?

    Keif: From the beginning we knew that we wanted to do something ambitious. We started daily, and so to produce five minutes of character led topical comedy every day would require a lot of ideas. We used to start at 9 am, get a coffee on and read through the news looking for interesting topics to cover. We tended to settle for one or two international, one or two UK based and a ‘puff piece’. We tended to stick to regular political disasters, however in our first two weeks we had a terrorist attack in France that we couldn’t ignore. The biggest rule is we don’t punch down, we’ll mock the people who’s fault it is, or our own characters. We’d lock the stories in for about 10:30 and then have a read through at 11am when the actors started arriving. We work the same way now, but spread out over the week, with one story getting locked in Monday, another Tuesday leaving one open for last minute things. We then do a writing room Wednesday to go through all the submissions and fix a script for a Thursday lunchtime filming. We generally film for two or three hours around our casts availlability. Then head back to HQ to edit the show together. It’s all shot around Covent Garden as I used to have a flat there, so was the only way to make it all on the same day. I’ve got it down to about three hours edit, I could do it in two and half by the end of the first two weeks. We have a slack channel that’s open for anyone in the team to make a suggestion on stories and lines. We have a rota of performers scheduled in advance so we know who we are writing for, occasionally with last minute substitutions.

    FB: Brexit – am I right?

    Keif: BREXIT brexit brexit. We can never stop the brexit. Arguably we did try and avoid covering it too many times, simply because it gets repetitive. It’s all the things that have spilled out of it however, with Tommy Robinson who I was unaware of until we did the last episode of series 3. The media’s meltdown over Corbyn. The Tory parties internal meltdown. The country is the most divided it’s been in my lifetime.

    FB: British politics is in – arguably – one of the worst states that it’s ever been. As a creator, creating in the circus that is political satire, do you relish a subject as turbulent as it is right now – or does it just fill you with unbridled fear?

    Keif: It actually makes it harder to try and satirise these clowns, as they do such a good job themselves. It really does feel like all the adults have left the room and left the squabbling teenagers in charge. So we’ll sit at the back and snark. For all the rhetoric about ‘our country’ I’m not seeing a huge amount of clear leadership on what can be done to make the country a better place for everyone to live.

    FB: How long does a single episode usually take to film? Is it a very small crew that you work with? The turnover time must be ridiculous, surely.

    Keif: Yes! The first twenty episodes were made on a daily basis. Start at 9, finish by 5pm. We now spread it out over the week to give us more time for writing, but production is about the same pace. Three hours filming, three hours edit. Getting all the subtitles on can take another 45 minutes if it’s just me available. Then another hour or so with social media to get it released. It’s a very tight turnaround but it does mean it gets done.

    Microphone

    FB: When’s the new season out then?

    Keif: We’re in prep for it. We might change the format slightly which will make it easier to make, and open more opportunities for laughs.

    British Rationals’ official channel, along with all of the past episodes, can be viewed here, and you can join their Facebook page and keep up to date here.

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    9 of the Best and Worst Movies for Body Positivity

    Since the body positivity movement started picking up momentum in 2016, Hollywood has been challenged to change the way that women’s bodies are represented in film. This has lead to actresses like Amy Schumer and Rebel Wilson championing body diversity with varying levels of success, but there’s still a long way to go before talented […] The post 9 of the Best and Worst Movies for Body Positivity appeared first on...

    Since the body positivity movement started picking up momentum in 2016, Hollywood has been challenged to change the way that women’s bodies are represented in film. This has lead to actresses like Amy Schumer and Rebel Wilson championing body diversity with varying levels of success, but there’s still a long way to go before talented women like Gabourey Sidibe can attend a premier without having hateful comments thrown at them. Here’s a look at nine movies addressing body diversity and self-esteem.

    We’ve rated them worst to best for body positivity.

    The Worst Movies for Body Positivity

    Movie: Shallow Hal
    Year: 2001
    Cast: Gwyneth Paltrow, Jack Black, Jason Alexander
    Body Positivity Rating: 0/5

    “So you get the hyena, and I have to choose between the hippo and the giraffe?”

    Has any film ever managed to be quite so offensive to women as Shallow Hal? Gwyneth Paltrow in a fat suit, Jack Black seeing her as thin and falling in love with her while everyone else around her pokes fun at her for being fat. The story is meant to provide a “positive” message – that guys should see women’s inner beauty and date them based on their personality rather than looks. Unfortunately, there’s nothing positive about the fact that Jack Black’s character ends up with the hot chick because he’s decided he’s okey with her being fat after all and she magically turns back to being skinny. This is possibly the worst movie ever for vulnerable women with low self-esteem to watch.

    Movie: The Truth About Cats and Dogs
    Year: 1996
    Cast: Janeane Garofalo, Uma Thurman, Ben Chaplin, Jamie Foxx
    Body Positivity Rating: 1/5

    “It’s mentally exhausting feeling really bad about something you can’t do anything about”

    Witty, intelligent and successful radio vet Abby has a total lack of body confidence. So much so that when she meets the man of her dreams during a radio phone-in, she coaxes her supermodel neighbour Noelle into seducing him on her behalf. Noelle is depicted as being stupid, humourless and totally out of touch with reality – probably so that Abby can appear to be more intelligent than her as compensation for not being as hot.

    When Mr. Right finally figures out he’s been duped, he’s pretty mad. Luckily for Abby, he overlooks the lies and manipulation and decides to give her another chance. While that’s nice of him and all (if a little naive), it’s a bit crappy that Abby only starts to love herself after the leading man re-affirms that she’s loveable.

    The Truth About Cats and Dogs encapsulates the very need for the body positivity movement. It’s a movie based on the idea that a woman needs a man’s love in order to complete her and help her feel okay in her own skin. It also tells us that women must accept that they can either be beautiful and dumb or less attractive and smart. This is by no means the fault of the actresses – Uma Thurman and Janeanne Garofalo – who play their stereotyped, unlikeable parts very well.

    Movie: I Feel Pretty
    Year: 2018
    Cast: Amy Schumer, Michelle Williams, Busy Phillips, Rory Scovel
    Body Positivity Rating: 1.5/5

    “What if when somebody tells us we aren’t good or thin or pretty enough, we have the strength and wisdom to say what I am is better than that, because what I am is me, and I’m proud to be me.”

    That’s a snippet from the inspirational speech Amy Schumer gives during the cosmetics presentation she crashes at the end of I Feel Pretty. And it’s a good message to give, just like many of the other messages that are sadly a little man-handled during this smack-them-round-the-face movie. I Feel Pretty is intended to be a body positive satire, but it pokes a little too much fun at its self-loathing heroine Renee. The only way Renee can overcome her crippling lack of confidence is to get hit around the head and literally see herself as someone else, thus escaping the reality of her body and features. This is a sad message in itself, but what makes it worse is the underlying scorn that Schumer appears to have for those she feels are too pretty to get dumped, lose out on promotions or get turned away at an exclusive bar. This movie has none of Isn’t It Romantic‘s charm and doesn’t do much for women’s lib.

    Movies Making Body Positivity Strides

    Movie: Precious
    Year: 2009
    Cast: Gabourney Sidibe, Mo’Nique, Mariah Carey, Lenny Kravitz
    Body Positivity Rating: 3.5/5

    “I think that maybe some of them was in tunnels. And in that tunnel, the only light they had, was inside of them. And then long after they escape that tunnel, they still be shining for everybody else”

    Set in Harlem in 1988, Precious is the tale of Claireece Jones, an underprivileged sixteen-year-old girl who has been the victim of repeated abuse since she was three years old. Claireece is pregnant for the second time by her father Carl, leading to her suspension from school. She escapes the reality of her abusive mother and the bullying she faces at school by entering a fantasy world in which she is popular and happy.

    Precious is a story of personal growth, the importance of education and how a community of women can come together to raise one another up.

    Claireece overcomes the bullying and abuse that she faces over her body image and decides not to let what other people think of her hold her back anymore. She learns to see herself as capable and be proud of her own strength, using that strength to walk away from toxic people and to help her children enjoy a better future, one with colours hung on the walls and a mother that reads to them every night.

    Movie: Hairspray
    Year: 2007
    Cast: Nikki Blonsky, Queen Latifa, John Travolta, Christopher Walken, Michelle Pfeiffer
    Body Positivity Rating: 4/5

    “You can’t stop my happiness, ’cause I like the way I am”

    Hairspray is a fun-filled musical that addresses diversity, racial identity and the struggle to belong in early 1960’s Baltimore. This remake follows the original 1988 version pretty faithfully, with some modern touches for extra pizzazz.

    The story follows happy-go-lucky Tracey Turnblad on her quest to become Miss Teenage Hairspray. Tracey believes that being plus-size shouldn’t stop her from becoming a regular dancer on the Corny Collins show or winning the love of heartthrob Link. And, of course, she’s totally right. Tracey is a self-confident dreamer, passionate about equality and openness. “People who are different, their time is coming” she sings, overcoming every obstacle in her path and proving that self-confidence is super attractive.

    While this is a movie that celebrates difference and diversity, and there is much to be said for the way that Hairspray champions equality, there are just too many fat jokes for us to award this movie a full 5/5 for body positivity.

    The Best Movies For Body Positivity

    Movie: Isn’t It Romantic
    Year: 2019
    Cast: Rebel Wilson, Adam Devine, Liam Hemsworth, Betty Gilpin
    Body Positivity Rating: 4.5/5

    “This whole time I thought I had to get someone else to love me, but I had to love me”

    Touted as a “body confidence game changer”, Isn’t it Romantic debuted on Valentines Day 2019, and has been talked about pretty much non-stop since its release.

    “They’ll never make a movie about girls like us because it would be so sad people would have to sprinkle Prozac on the popcorn” is what Natalie’s mother tells her when she’s little. That’s probably why she grows up feeling “extra invisible” and is oblivious to her best friend Josh being totally head-over-heels in love with her.

    Following an unpleasant mugging incident, Natalie falls into an 18-hour coma and enters Rom-Com land, where women wake up in full hair and makeup, think out loud in full voice-over mode and undergo makeover montages when picking out their morning outfit. In the end, the way out of Rom Com land for Natalie isn’t getting Josh to love her, it’s learning to love herself. Rebel makes a beautiful leading lady and her confidence, energy, and styling is spot on. Everything that I Feel Pretty isn’t, Isn’t It Romantic is.

    Movie: Real Women Have Curves
    Year: 2002
    Cast: America Ferrera, Lupe Ontiveros, George Lopez
    Body Positivity Rating: 5/5

    “How Dare Anybody Tell Me What I Should Look Like”

    America Ferrera is an incredible actress and activist, something that’s evident in 2002’s coming-of-age story Real Women Have Curves.

    This empowering and thought-provoking tale follows Ana García and her family as they struggle to make ends meet in underprivileged East LA. Ana is desperate to go to college, but her mother Carmen and sister Estela believe in hard work over education and find her attitude alienating. This is a story of women who nurture, empower and work hard to understand one another, coming to find pride in their own identities and in each other.

    Movie: Last Holiday
    Year: 2006
    Cast: Queen Latifah, LL Cool J, Gérard Depardieu, Alicia Witt, Timothy Hutton
    Body Positivity Rating: 5/5

    “I’ve Spent My Whole Life in a Box. I Don’t Want to be Buried in One.”

    In this touching movie about seizing the moment while you still can, Queen Latifah plays Georgia Byrd, a warm-hearted and generous woman who dreams of what she’d do if only she had more self-confidence.

    After she hits her head at work, Georgia has a CAT scan and discovers that she’s got a terminal disease and has 3 weeks to live. Deciding to live in the moment, she tells her boss that “enough is enough” and quits her job, sings loud and proud at church, liquidates her savings and flies first class to the hotel where her idol Chef Didier works.

    What makes Last Holiday such a triumph for body positivity, is that Georgia loves herself and thinks she’s beautiful for who she is. Her goal isn’t to win a man, it’s to embrace the time she has left and to finally be authentically herself. The fact that her self-confidence attracts those around her and leads to the development of her relationships, is a nice side effect of her personal growth.

    Movie: Dumplin’
    Year: 2018
    Cast: Danielle Macdonald, Jennifer Aniston, Rosie Dickson, Odeya Rush
    Body Positivity Rating: 5/5

    “A swimsuit body is just a body with a swimsuit in it”

    Willowdean (Will) Dickson grows up in small-town America with her plus-size aunt Lucy and beauty queen mother Rosie. Bullied for being plus-size, Will struggles with a lack of self-confidence and feels unattractive. She’s embarrassed by Rosie’s nickname for her, Dumplin’.

    When Will discovers that her aunt Lucy considered competing in the Miss Teen Bluebonnet pageant as a teenager but didn’t feel able to, she becomes determined to enter in her memory. This doesn’t go down well with Rosie, who threatens not to sign the permission papers. Throughout the course of the pageant preparation, Rosie and Will learn to understand and support one another better, and Will makes an important stand for body positivity that changes the pageant, and her own life, forever. There’s a nice love story too, but it really isn’t what defines Will, or the movie.

    FinalBoss’s Final Thoughts

    The idea that actresses can be chosen for movies based on their skill set rather than their size, and that movies can star plus-size actresses without being about being plus-size, is something that the body positivity movement is pushing for in a very real and uplifting way.

    “The longest journey begins with a single step”, as Claireece tells us in Precious, and it is encouraging to see the strides that Hollywood has taken towards true body diversity since the days of Shallow Hal. There is a future Hollywood where everybody is a swimsuit body, thanks to the brave, beautiful women who are getting us there.

    The post 9 of the Best and Worst Movies for Body Positivity appeared first on FinalBoss.


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