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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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Netflix Rating: 3.4
NYT Review
“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
Rotten Tomatoes: Fresh 82%
Critics' score: 82   Audience score: 60   Rotten Tomatoes page
Top Rotten Tomatoes Critics

The depiction of high school band life rings true at every turn, bringing a sense of authenticity to the familiar teenage drama. full review

Ben Sachs, Chicago Reader

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

Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

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. full review

John Hartl, Seattle Times

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

Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle

Endearingly uneven. full review

Mark Olsen, Los Angeles Times

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

Sherilyn Connelly, Village Voice

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." full review

Kyle Smith, New York Post

A relatively respectable slice of high school outsider storytelling. full review

Nicolas Rapold, New York Times

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. full review

Joe Neumaier, New York Daily News

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. full review

Linda Barnard, Toronto Star

K.L. Going's celebrated young-adult novel gets sensitive adaptation by actor-turned-director Matthew Lillard. full review

John DeFore, Hollywood Reporter

Affecting performances and effective storytelling are the hallmarks of Fat Kid Rules the World, actor Matthew Lillard's debut effort as a feature director. full review

Joe Leydon, Variety
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  • Release Year: 2012
  • MPAA Rating: R
  • Runtime: 94 min
  • Available From: Mar 23, 2013
  • Queued by: 890 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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