one little problem: Pegg (who co-wrote the film) just wasn't right for the part. He wasn't funny enough, dramatic enough, or (most importantly) FAT enough. close your eyes and imagine this same story starring Jack Black, Anthony Anderson, Seth Rogan or Chris Farley (RIP, big guy...) and i bet you'll be peeing yourself laughing (well, hopefully not literally) before changing even one word of the script. even fat people find fat dude comedy hilarious if you make the fat dude hapless and lovable (and having a hot slimmy like Newton for him to hook up with at the end helps too!). this script did it's job well.
by and large, audiences don't ask much of romantic comedies, so i think this movie is a fair-to-middlin' representation of the genre. but imagine this comedy with the Farrely Brothers (There's Something About Mary) or Judd Apatow (40 Year Old Virgin, Forgetting Sarah Marshal) at the helm. these guys know JUST how to combine salty comedy and bitter-sweet romantic situations for explosive effect! that said, it's a safe bet this movie will never get remade. so here's an even BETTER idea:
This movie should DEFINITELY be made into a comic! i know, i know... you've never read a romantic comedy comic book... but if it was written by Apatow, let's say, with art by Frank Quitely, the right marketing plan could make it a crossover smash! as i said, the cast in this was very colorful and the story framework was tight... imagine Quitely pushing the character designs to their limits and the extra detail you could put into the OGN format! Quitely knows how to create expressive, attractive characters and give them a beautiful sense of weight (which you need to draw hot chicks and fat dudes, as it turns out), and could infuse extra drama and comedy where appropriate into the pages! i'd buy that comic, wouldn't you?