Fat Kid Rules the World 2012 NR CC

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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. As Troy's relationship with Marcus grows, Troy's father becomes increasingly concerned about his son's new friendship.

Starring:
Jacob Wysocki, Matt O'Leary
Runtime:
1 hour 40 minutes

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Fat Kid Rules the World

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Genres Comedy
Director Matthew Lillard
Starring Jacob Wysocki, Matt O'Leary
Supporting actors Billy Campbell, Sean Donavan
Studio Anderson Digital
MPAA rating NR (Not Rated)
Captions and subtitles English Details
Rental rights 7-day viewing period. Details
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Good story line and the acting was ok.
Chrissy Starr
This is a good movie that I highly recommend, however, the book is a hundred times better!
Kay
It may not make you laugh, but it will make you smile.
The Movie Guy

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Phil Clapham on December 27, 2012
Format: DVD
Full disclosure: Billy Campbell is a friend of ours, and we probably wouldn't have seen this little indie film had he not dragged us (admittedly, not kicking and screaming) to the opening at the Seattle Film Festival. But I'm very glad he did... it's a delight. It is at various points funny, smart, charming and touching, with surprisingly in-depth performances from the younger cast (and a wonderfully nuanced performance by Billy C as the father). It chronicles the initially depressing life of an overweight high school kid who is befriended (and essentially used) by a young ne'er-do-well, and recruited by same into a rock band even though he has no musical experience (so, of course, he drums). The film resists the temptation to provide a Hollywood-style formulaic story and a sappy, happy ending. However, the last scene gives us hope for the Fat Kid's future, and is sufficiently exuberant that it will leave you smiling, and probably feeling good about life in general.

I have never seen a movie get quite the reception that this one did at the Film festival: people were on their feet cheering at the end. Billy Campbell said that, in all his years in the business, he's never been prouder of a film than this one. That should tell you a lot.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Gabriel Corrigan on August 2, 2013
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I've been recommending this novel to my students for about three years, and was delighted to find out that there was a movie version. I was even more delighted to discover that the movie is every bit as well-done as the book. The acting is thoroughly believable, the casting is perfect, and it follows the plot of the book almost exactly, with a few, well thought-out concessions to the film medium here and there.

My only complaint is that I can't show the film to anyone younger than 17. There is a VERY brief scene of a girl in a wet, semi-transparent shirt, and, ridiculously enough, this earned the film an "R" rating. There is no reason why this brief scene could not have been left on the cutting room floor, since it adds exactly nothing to the plot, but I guess the producers thought it would make them more money or something. Big mistake, because they effectively eliminated as customers the exact section of the population who would most enjoy this otherwise excellent film.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By drexl25 on March 16, 2013
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I have been wanting to see this movie since i heard about it about a year ago and it did not dissapoint the story is so good the acting is top notch Matthew Lillard very impressive directorial debut. do your self a favor watch this it needs more attention.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Robin Pickett on October 25, 2012
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An amazing movie that stays with one--everything about this gem is simply superb--a MUST SEE--It is compelling --Can easily see how it won at South by Southwest!!! Simply Brilliant!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ashley L Brockman on May 16, 2013
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Doesn't match the book exactly -- Curt becomes Marcus, Rage Tectonic becomes The Tectonics, the plant becomes a stuffed frog, New York - Seattle, Troy doesn't already know punk and Curt's band, a love interest is added, Troy's not so concerned about being laughed at, etc. but overall the film does a great job maintaining the spirit of the book and is really very good. The performances are super strong and at every turn I found myself impressed with the restrain of the filmmakers and performers - it never slips into a stock teen / commercial feel and always feels real and authentic. Really charming and well done!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By The Movie Guy on April 28, 2013
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Troy (Jacob Wysocki) is the school fat kid. He is not bullied, but is alone and isolated. Marcus (Matt O'Leary) is the cool kid who likes drugs and plays in a punk band. He has been expelled and is living in the street. After a brief run in with Troy they become friends as Marcus apparently uses Troy. Troy realizes this but uses Marcus as his contact to the outside world, as twisted as it may be. Troy's father is an ex-Marine (Billy Campbell) and neither one of them has come to terms with the death of the mother. Dad is torn between his natural Marine protective instincts and needing to let go as a trusting parent.

This film is classified as a comedy but is more of an indie light drama. The comedy aspect is sometimes obscure as when our fat kid imagines killing himself by stepping in front of a bus...a bus that has an ad on its side for "Fat-Away." Or when we see him reading the book "Lord of the Flies" a tale in which the fat kid is bullied to death.

The film is well acted. It is heart warming while not being drippy. It may not make you laugh, but it will make you smile. A great indie film. How it got into my local Redbox is a mystery.

Parental Guide: 1 f-bomb near the end. No sex, but people undressing for sex. Rear male nudity. See-through wet blouse. Masturbation scene. All these scenes were brief.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By ERiC AiXeLsyD on March 12, 2013
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This is a great film, especially if you're into rock or punk themed flicks. For everyone who's felt a little different, and needed some push to find their niche... This is a movie for you.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By PearlJam on March 24, 2013
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great neat good super awesome good excellent .it was wonderful surprise delightful summer of fun.like as fun as a pearl jam show
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