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
R (for sexual and drug content, and brief violent images)
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Matt O'Leary
as Marcus
Billy Campbell
as Mr. Billings
Lili Simmons
as Isabel
Russell Hodgkinson
as Marcus's Stepfather
Dennis Doornbos
as Mr. Sherman
Lino Marioni
as Young Troy
Michael Loftus
as Band Member #1
Stephanie Park
as Girl #1
Duane Cawthon
as Bus Driver
Frances Hearn
as Bus Stop Woman
Ernie Hall
as School Security Guard
Laura Hanson
as Marcus' Mom
Matthew Lillard
as Psychologist
Ian Lesage
as Reedy
Jeannie Ojjo Johnson
as Megan's Roommate
Vivan Dugré
as Waitress
Lance McQueen
as Hospital Security Guard
Patrick Alcorn
as DEA Patrick
Rick Rosenthal
as Swim Coach
Jaeson Albritton
as Industrial Arts Teacher
Alanna Reynolds
as Beautiful Woman
Rachel Pate
as Nurse #2
Elizabeth Bates-Shull
as Mrs. Billings
Eva Simmons
as Teacher
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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 28, 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.

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

It is a great little film until the last 15-20 minutes where things are wrapped up in a story book way similar to the visions that the main character has. If they had stuck with a wee bit more realism, this would have been something.

John Ballantine
John Ballantine

Super Reviewer

This was pretty good. I have to give indie movies credit where it is due. This had a reasonably good story and I enjoyed how it progressed. I really liked the personal growth of the main character. A couple reviewers mentioned that they were put off by the ending, but I thought their objection to it was overblown. The ending was not a monumental let down, even though I think it could have been wrapped up a little bit better. Nonetheless, this wound up being worth my time. I don't quite think I'd watch it again, but I can still tell people that I find it worth watching once. So enjoy.

Paul S
Paul S

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

Super Reviewer

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