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When Zachary Beaver Came to Town (2003)

Zachary Beaver, a sideshow attraction known as the world's fattest boy, arrives in the sleepy town of Granger, Texas.

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Zachary Beaver, a sideshow attraction known as the world's fattest boy, arrives in the sleepy town of Granger, Texas.

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Comedy | Drama | Family

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Rated PG for some thematic elements and language | See all certifications »

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9 October 2003 (USA)  »

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$3,000,000 (estimated)
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This was Lou Perryman's final film before he was murdered on April 1, 2009 at the age of 67. See more »

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When Toby is walking up to Cal's house to give him the letter, you can clearly see the dolly tracks on the road. See more »

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Featured in Troldspejlet: Episode #36.4 (2006) See more »

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Don't Say You Care
Written by Eleni Mandell
Performed by Eleni Mandell
Published by Miss Eleni Music (BMI)
Produced by Terry Gilkyson
Mixed by Brian Kehew at OFR Studios
Licensed courtesy Zedtone Records
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Ward, I Think There's Something Wrong with the Beaver
18 January 2010 | by (Los Angeles) – See all my reviews

Twelve-year-old Texas friends Jonathan Lipnicki (as Toby Wilson) and Cody Linley (as Cal McKnight) react like you might expect when "World's Fattest Boy," 443-pound Sasha Neulinger (as Zachary Beaver), comes to visit their Texas town. There are guffaws, groans, and grins - but, the three lads become pals. Mr. Lipnicki's mother leaves town to become a country music star, Mr. Linley's older brother joins the army, Mr. Neulinger's guardian disappears, and the three lads learn how friendship can help heal loss...

Based on an award-winning children's novel by Kimberly Willis Holt, "When Zachary Beaver Came to Town" gets lost in the translation to motion picture. You can tell, however, there was a good story somewhere. The best storyline involves Linley's war-bound brother. The worst is may be Neulinger's baptism with a fat suit. There are intriguing but unrealized possibilities in wayward characters, like Lipnicki's mother (Jane Krakowski) and Neulinger's guardian (Kevin Corrigan). The book had to be better.

**** When Zachary Beaver Came to Town (10/9/03) John Schultz ~ Jonathan Lipnicki, Cody Linley, Sasha Neulinger, Eric Stoltz


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