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Fat Kid Rules the World (2012)



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Movie Info

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 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
Top Critic

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
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