Fat Kid Rules the World
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Fat Kid Rules the World
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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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 83%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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
"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
"The scenario sounds cliched, but it's brought to life by authentic characters, solid laughs, and surprisingly honest emotions."
‑ Eric D. Snider, EricDSnider.com
"[Billy] Campbell's performance is one of the finest of the year, and probably won't be duly recognized"
‑ Luke Y. Thompson, Nerdist
"Though Fat Kid Rules The World does lay too many of its cards on the table with its giveaway title, the pleasures to be garnered from this Matthew Lillard directed indie debut are more about the journey there, rather than the Hollywood-ish destination."
‑ Prairie Miller, Long Island Press
"It's a lot better than it sounds like it has any right to be."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Endearingly uneven."
‑ Mark Olsen, Los Angeles Times
"A sweet-natured and loose-limbed coming-of-age tale that delivers by way of its smart, sympathetic performances and an accumulation of telling details."
‑ Brent Simon, Shockya.com
"Like Going's award-winning book, the film is frank and doesn't sugarcoat the source material."
‑ Kent Turner, School Library Journal
"Unpopular teen faces tough climb in edgy dramedy."
‑ S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media
"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
"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
"It's got its flaws, starting with the fact that the ground it covers is exceedingly well-trodden, but it's amiable and it's honest, and that counts for something."
‑ Mike Scott, Times-Picayune
"Poignant, funny and well-acted. A commendable directorial debut of Matthew Lillard."
‑ Avi Offer, NYC Movie Guru
"People matter in Matthew Lillard's film; genre not so much."
‑ Glenn Heath Jr., Slant Magazine
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