Fat Kid Rules the World (2012)



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Troy Billings is seventeen, overweight, and suicidal. Just as he's about to jump in front of a bus, he's saved by Marcus, a charming high school dropout/street musician. The two begin an uneasy friendship when Marcus enlists the musically challenged Troy to become the drummer in a newpunk rock band. As Troy's relationship with Marcus grows, Troy's father becomes increasingly concerned about his son's new friendship. -- (C) Official Site

Rating: R (for sexual and drug content, and brief violent images)
Genre: Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Michael M.B. Galvin, Peter Speakman
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jan 21, 2013
Outsider Pictures - Official Site


as Marcus

as Mr. Billings

as Marcus's Stepfather

as Mr. Sherman

as Young Troy

as Band Member #1

as Bus Driver

as Bus Stop Woman

as School Security Guar...

as Marcus' Mom

as Psychologist

as Megan's Roommate

as Waitress

as Hospital Security Gu...

as DEA Patrick

as Swim Coach

as Industrial Arts Teac...

as Beautiful Woman

as Nurse #2

as Teacher
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Critic Reviews for Fat Kid Rules the World

All Critics (23) | Top Critics (12)

The depiction of high school band life rings true at every turn, bringing a sense of authenticity to the familiar teenage drama.

Full Review… | November 29, 2012
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

It's a lot better than it sounds like it has any right to be.

Full Review… | November 29, 2012
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

Lillard - an actor best-known for his role in "The Descendants" - uses the locations well enough, but the result is still a standard coming-of-age picture.

Full Review… | October 25, 2012
Seattle Times
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The movie is achingly slow, and by the time it's over, the story is about where it should have been after about 45 minutes.

Full Review… | October 18, 2012
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

Endearingly uneven.

Full Review… | October 11, 2012
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

The film succeeds thanks to Lillard's clear affection for the material and on the strength of its performances, especially Billy Campbell as Troy's conflicted father.

Full Review… | October 5, 2012
Village Voice
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Fat Kid Rules the World


One of the more oddball dramedies I have seen in some time. The cast and the story in FAT KID RULES THE WORLD are pretty amazing! Matthew Lillard has carved out a nice career for himself and if this movie is any indication of his talents behind the camera. We may be seeing some good stuff from him in the coming years. Jacob Wysocki is a very talented actor and I hope to see more of him, he made this movie!

Jason Reneau
Jason Reneau

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While nothing that new (unpopular kid starts hanging out with rebel kid who makes him more brave and confident) but its still done well, wysocki is good, doesnt overplay it, oleary may at first seem like a prick, even tho hes helping troy, he still ditches him and steals from him and does drugs, but then i thought that its good that they show that the saving grace or savior to troy isnt perfect, and needs help from him just as much as the other way around, the real standout tho is billy campbell as the dad, hes such a good character, strict but fair, and also compassionate, he never made any stupid decisions, he was def my favorite character, ill be interested to see if matthew lillard directs anything else

Who the hell thought Matthew Lillard of all people could direct a damn good movie? I was very iffy on this film for about the first 30 minutes, it felt quite clear that an inexperienced filmmaker was behind the camera, but as the film progressed I found myself becoming more and more absorbed by the story and Lillard's skills really seemed to flourish as the film progressed. The overall story is something we've seen before but the little differences along the way somehow make it a nice change of pace. Like the kid who helps the title character in reality much worse off then him. Fat Kid's father wonderfully played by underrated Billy Campbell is an ex-marine that doesn't fall into the overbearing hard ass mean to be mean role. What makes this film work is its lead performance from Jacob Wysocki. He gives a great performance that is both fearless and funny, Wysocki really isn't afraid to mock himself which is very admirable. Lillard is obviously really passionate about the source material and it shows which makes me curious about his future endeavors.

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