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Lillard's film doesn't quite rule the world, but it does an admirable job
I am a big fan of Matthew Lillard, I know that there are a few people out there who don't enjoy him but to be honest I cant understand why, ever since seeing his crazy persona in 'Scream' I have been a fan and will even watch films specifically for his performance (Scooby doo not included), with 'Fat Kid Rules the World' this is the same kind of mentality I had upon watching the film, of which features Lillard's directorial debut.
The film revolves around Troy, an 'overweight' teenager who dreams of suicide, one day after school Troy contemplates jumping in front of a train but is stopped by a high school dropout named Marcus, who is popular amongst high schoolers dues to his status as a ''rock star'', the two strike up an unlikely friendship that will benefit them both as the two plan start their own rock band.
I was very iffy on this film for about the first 30 minutes, it felt quite clear that an inexperienced filmmaker was behind the camera, but as the film progressed I found myself becoming more and more absorbed by the story and Lillard's skills really seemed to flourish as the film progressed. The story is something that has been done many times in the past, a social outcast who finds a passion that will inevitably set him apart from the rest, although its been done many times, its a tale that I believe is always inspiring and in this film it is down quite well. Lilllard is obviously very passionate about this source material and it shows, and when a filmmaker is passionate his film it can work wonders.
One of the things that makes this film work is its lead performance from Jacob Wysocki, the guy made a name for himself last year in the film 'Terri' and once again gives a great performance here that is both fearless and funny, Wysocki really isn't afraid to mock himself which is very admirable. The whole supporting cast is also really good, especially Matt O'Leary as Marcus and Billy Campbell as Troy's strong minded but loving father.
Sure ''Fat Kid Rules the World' is far from a perfect film, but it is one paved with good intentions and that really isn't a bad thing, its a good hearted feel good tale of friendship, Matthew Lillard does an admirable job as a first time Director and Jacob Wysocki gives a great performance.
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