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  • Summary: Troy Billings is fat. His life sucks. He’s about to end it all by jumping in front of a bus, when Marcus MaCrae, a charismatic punk rock superstar, tackles him to the ground and changes his life forever. Set against the backdrop of the Seattle music scene, Fat Kid Rules The World is a coming-of-age story about two dysfunctional teenagers searching for something more out of their completely hopeless existence. (Arc Entertainment) Collapse
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  1. Reviewed by: Roger Ebert
    Nov 28, 2012
    Fat Kid Rules the World is a movie with a title that might be misleading: It's a lot better than it sounds like it has any right to be.
  2. Reviewed by: Joe Leydon
    Oct 1, 2012
    Affecting performances and effective storytelling are the hallmarks of Fat Kid Rules the World.
  3. Reviewed by: Sherilyn Connelly
    Oct 7, 2012
    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.
  4. Reviewed by: John DeFore
    Oct 1, 2012
    A commendably restrained loser-turns-winner tale offering an unexpected second showcase for Terri star Jacob Wysocki, Matthew Lillard's Fat Kid Rules the World is less colorful than its grandeur-deluded title suggests.
  5. Reviewed by: Nicolas Rapold
    Oct 4, 2012
    This adaptation of K. L. Going's 2003 young-adult novel about a rejuvenated overweight teenager takes a humble, heartfelt approach, until sentiment loses out to message sending.
  6. Reviewed by: Mick LaSalle
    Oct 18, 2012
    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. Then it ends just as it gets good, or as it's starting to.
  7. Reviewed by: Kyle Smith
    Oct 5, 2012
    Directed by journeyman actor Matthew Lillard, this tame and by-the-numbers effort never succeeds in making the outcast situation cinematic or interesting.

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