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Fat Kid Rules the World (2012)

TOMATOMETER

Average Rating: 6.3/10
Reviews Counted: 23
Fresh: 19
Rotten: 4

Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.

Average Rating: 5.6/10
Reviews Counted: 12
Fresh: 9
Rotten: 3

Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.

AUDIENCE SCORE

Average Rating: 3.5/5
User Ratings: 2,416

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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:
In Theaters:
On DVD:
Jan 21, 2013
Runtime:
Outsider Pictures - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for Fat Kid Rules the World

All Critics (23) | Top Critics (12) | Fresh (19) | Rotten (4)

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

The scenario sounds cliched, but it's brought to life by authentic characters, solid laughs, and surprisingly honest emotions.

Full Review… | July 21, 2013
EricDSnider.com

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.

Full Review… | November 1, 2012
Shockya.com

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.

Full Review… | October 19, 2012
Times-Picayune

[Billy] Campbell's performance is one of the finest of the year, and probably won't be duly recognized

Full Review… | October 14, 2012

Like Going's award-winning book, the film is frank and doesn't sugarcoat the source material.

Full Review… | October 6, 2012
School Library Journal

Poignant, funny and well-acted. A commendable directorial debut of Matthew Lillard.

Full Review… | October 6, 2012
NYC Movie Guru

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.

Full Review… | October 6, 2012
Long Island Press

Unpopular teen faces tough climb in edgy dramedy.

Full Review… | October 5, 2012
Common Sense Media

People matter in Matthew Lillard's film; genre not so much.

Full Review… | September 29, 2012
Slant Magazine

...a fine debut that benefits substantially from its honest, truthful sensibilities...

Full Review… | May 11, 2012
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Audience Reviews for Fat Kid Rules the World

½

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!

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Fat Kid Rules the World Quotes


Troy Billings:
Don't mess with the fat kid!
– Submitted by Stephen D (20 months ago)

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