Fat Kid Rules the World
Fat Kid Rules the World (2012)

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… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Comedy
Release Date: October 5, 2012
DVD Release Date: January 21, 2013
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Critic Score: 83% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Ben Sachs
Chicago Reader

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

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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle

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.

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Eric D. Snider

The scenario sounds cliched, but it's brought to life by authentic characters, solid laughs, and surprisingly honest emotions.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

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

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Mark Olsen
Los Angeles Times

Endearingly uneven.

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Brent Simon

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.

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John Hartl
Seattle 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.

Sherilyn Connelly
Village Voice

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.

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Mike Scott

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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 61% Flixster User Reviews
John Ballantine
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… More
Jesse Ortega
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… More
Jason Reneau
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… More