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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

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Billy Campbell
as Mr. Billings
Russell Hodgkinson
as Marcus's Stepfather
Dennis Doornbos
as Mr. Sherman
Lino Marioni
as Young Troy
Michael Loftus
as Band Member #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
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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Critic Reviews for Fat Kid Rules the World

All Critics (25) | 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.

November 29, 2012 | Full Review…

It's a lot better than it sounds like it has any right to be.

November 29, 2012 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

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 | Rating: 2.5/4

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.

October 18, 2012 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Endearingly uneven.

October 11, 2012 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

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.

October 5, 2012 | Full Review…

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


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


Surprisingly good indie film. For Matthew Lillard's first feature film, as a director of course, he has a good grasp of letting the heart of the characters shine through and the film tells a very sweet, perhaps too sweet for some, of the friendship between Troy and Marcus and how they both help each other overcome, in the case of Troy, his shyness and anti-social attitude. And Marcus getting help with his addictions to drugs and whatnot. The movie isn't really hilarious, while it does have some very funny scenes, does rely on the characters and their interactions with each other to tell its story. Somehow this film reminds me of Perks of being a Wallflower. Just the way the main characters are depressed and how they come out of their shell when they become friends with someone who accepts them for who they are. Of course it's not nearly as good or as heartfelt as Perks, but this film is still really good. The acting is more than solid. Jacob Wysocki, as Troy, is very likable. Matt O'Leary is, as his own character says, charming and fun, but he also has the most to hide emotionally. My favorite character had to have been Troy's dad because he's completely different than what you expect at the beginning. You expect this incredibly strict and unforgiving father, but it actually turns out he's the exact opposite of the army dad. He IS strict but he's definitely a fair and compassionate man, and Billy Campbell was excellent in the role to be honest. So yea, I really enjoyed this film. It's definitely very sweet, it's best described as a feel-good indie flick. Well-shot, well-written and well-acted. So I cannot complain at all.

Jesse Ortega
Jesse Ortega

Super Reviewer

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