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Fat Kid Rules the World

05rdp_fatkid_span-thumbstandard Depressed, obese teen Troy is about to step in front of a bus and end it all when fate enters in the form of Marcus, a free-spirited street musician. Under his samaritan's nonjudgmental wing, talentless Troy finds acceptance in Marcus's punk band.
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“Fat Kid Rules the World," an adaptation of K. L. Going’s novel, brings to the screen the story of a teenager dealing with multiple issues, including being overweight. Read the review
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The depiction of high school band life rings true at every turn, bringing a sense of authenticity to the familiar teenage drama.
Ben Sachs, Chicago Reader  full review
 
It's a lot better than it sounds like it has any right to be.
Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times  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.
John Hartl, Seattle Times  full review
 
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.
Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle  full review
 
Endearingly uneven.
Mark Olsen, Los Angeles Times  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.
Sherilyn Connelly, Village Voice  full review
 
The title character may be morbidly obese, but the jokes and story are thin in the coming-of-age dramedy "Fat Kid Rules the World."
Kyle Smith, New York Post  full review
 
A relatively respectable slice of high school outsider storytelling.
Nicolas Rapold, New York Times  full review
 
Billy Campbell adds solid support as Troy's overprotective dad. Wanting so much to save his son from pain, this father becomes a jerk in the process.
Joe Neumaier, New York Daily News  full review
 
Punctuated by cartoonish fantasy scenes and some adult moments that take it to darker territory, Fat Kid Rules the World is simple stuff that offers a few surprises and a satisfying, if predictable, finish.
Linda Barnard, Toronto Star  full review
 
K.L. Going's celebrated young-adult novel gets sensitive adaptation by actor-turned-director Matthew Lillard.
John DeFore, Hollywood Reporter  full review
 
Affecting performances and effective storytelling are the hallmarks of Fat Kid Rules the World, actor Matthew Lillard's debut effort as a feature director.
Joe Leydon, Variety  full review
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  • Release Year: 2012
  • MPAA Rating: R
  • Runtime: 94 min
  • Available From: Mar 23, 2013
  • Queued by: 936 people
Directed By
Matthew Lillard
Cast
Jacob Wysocki, Matt O'Leary, Lili Simmons, Dylan Arnold, Billy Campbell, Tyler Trerise, Russell Hodgkinson, Sean Donavan, Julian Gavilanes, Jeffrey Doornbos
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