Fat Kid Rules the World (2012)
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
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Critic Reviews for Fat Kid Rules the World
The depiction of high school band life rings true at every turn, bringing a sense of authenticity to the familiar teenage drama.
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.
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.
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.
The scenario sounds cliched, but it's brought to life by authentic characters, solid laughs, and surprisingly honest emotions.
A sweet-natured and loose-limbed coming-of-age tale that delivers by way of its smart, sympathetic performances and an accumulation of telling details.
It's got its flaws, starting with the fact that the ground it covers is exceedingly well-trodden, but it's amiable and it's honest, and that counts for something.
[Billy] Campbell's performance is one of the finest of the year, and probably won't be duly recognized
Like Going's award-winning book, the film is frank and doesn't sugarcoat the source material.
Poignant, funny and well-acted. A commendable directorial debut of Matthew Lillard.
Though Fat Kid Rules The World does lay too many of its cards on the table with its giveaway title, the pleasures to be garnered from this Matthew Lillard directed indie debut are more about the journey there, rather than the Hollywood-ish destination.
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!More
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