Live Action Fantasy Meets Emotional Realism in ‘Plastic’

As if getting ready for a date wasn’t hard enough, Plastic is a comical, thrill-ride that makes every girl’s wish come true.

From the opening of the film, we identify with the “Oh my, God, I finally have a date” jitters and instantly fall in love with sweet, curvy Anna (Romy Bartz). Writer and director Sandy Widyanata takes us into the world of Neverland. We follow a moth into distressed Anna’s apartment. When I say I can relate to this film in a dozen ways, I mean it, for example, Anna splits her pants. Lucky for her, she was in the comfort of her own home.

Anna make us smile because she our typical, realistic gal. Her excitement of having a date is contagious and all we want is for her to be happy. And she is, until her date, Harry (Don Hany) pushes asks if he can come earlier, giving her only thirty minutes to get ready. One interesting and wonderful clue about this guy is that he’s anxious to see her again. Judging by the photos in Anna’s apartment, she’s always been a curvy gal and he liked her, just the way she was.

The moth takes us on a little journey of Anna’s life. She’s date before and was quite happy. This shows that she is a genuinely happy person. No sweat because many ladies have been here. That extra twenty or thirty pounds are a part of us and there’s no shaking it, so onward and upward. Like Anna, we can’t fit a stich of our “going out clothes” because it’s been that long since we’ve been out. We still find a way to look fabulous by date time, it magical.

Anna has thirty minutes, but her anxiety shoots through the roof when she discovers a pimple on the crest of her nose. Horrified, she applies cream that only makes it appear bigger. Distressed, Anna drops her head on her hands, leaving a crown of dimple marks across her forehead.

Appalled, she erases the marks by rubbing them away. To her surprise, they actually went way, with ease. This miraculous discovery lead Anna to pull, stretch, push, and manipulate her body into a tall, super thin, unrecognizable woman. Though she looks like a girl from a magazine, she’s more attractive as herself, we can see it in her eyes.

The doorbell rings, it’s Harry, but Anna doesn’t answer. He calls and she still doesn’t answer. The unbearable suspense heightens until Anna opens the door to meet Harry. The ending is as sweet and charming as adorable Harry. Plastic is fun, quirky and allows women to laugh at themselves by relating to the struggle.

Eleanor O'Hara

Eleanor O'Hara lives in New York City and is the author of two books. For her, writing is not a hobby, it's a passion. Her favorite place to create is the New York Public Library where she produces a contemporary short story series. On her off days she volunteers, learning TV and film production.