When Zachary Beaver Came to Town (2003)





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When a one man sideshow rolls into Granger, TX claiming to showcase "the fattest boy in the world," the lives of two small-town teens are changed forever in this touching coming-of-age tale based on the National Book Award-winning novel by Kimberly Willis Holt. Zachary Beaver (Sasha Joseph Neulinger) is a morbidly obese teen who travels from town to town with his best friend and business partner Paulie Rankin, earning money off of his unusual appearance. When curiosity gets the best of Granger kids Toby (Jonathan Lipnicki) and Cal (Cody Linley) and they decide to check out the show, the unlikely bond that forms between Zachary, Toby, and Cal marks the beginning of an unforgettable summer of fun, growth, and friendship.
Comedy , Kids & Family
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Jonathan Lipnicki
as Toby Wilson
Eric Stoltz
as Otto Wilson
Jane Krakowski
as Heather Wilson
Sasha Joseph Neulinger
as Zachary Beaver
Amanda Alch
as Scarlett Staling
Kathleen Lancaster
as Kate McKnight
Cody Linley
as Cal McKnight
Brady Coleman
as Sheriff Fetterman
Lou Perryman
as Ferris
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Critic Reviews for When Zachary Beaver Came to Town

All Critics (2)

Coming-of-age movie has some emotionally intense scenes.

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Audience Reviews for When Zachary Beaver Came to Town

The movie was pretty decent and I can't believe how grown up Jonathan Lipnicki is because last movie I saw him in was Jerry Maguire. But the movie kept me interested until the ending. The ending was almost great untill the last 20 seconds of pure stupid CG cheesiness. But the rest of the film was nice to watch.

Paul Celano
Paul Celano

Interesting family film, the cast does very well. It does a fine job depicting small time life. It held my interest and doesn't outstay it's welcome. Made in 2003.

James Higgins
James Higgins

A cute predictable story based on an old novel, When Zachary Beaver Came To Town is the story of two boys and the summer that changed their lives, which just happends to co-inside with the arrival of the world's fattest boy visiting their small Texas town. This movie isn't bad, but the story is inconsistant and jumps around quite a bit. At times, it seems as thou Zachary is just a quirky side charachter rather than the focus of the film. Both the young leads are fantastic thou and the young southern belle charachter was just hilarious. It's a cute movie, it's not going to blow anyone away, but if you're looking for something fun and simple, check it out.

Todd Smith
Todd Smith

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