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Fat Kid Rules the World -- A dropout comes to the aid of a chubby and suicidal high-school kid by recruiting him as the drummer for his upstart punk-rock band.
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Fat Kid Rules the World -- The film follows Troy Billings who 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. Te two begin an uneasy friendship when Marcus enlists the musically challenged Troy to become the drummer in a new punk rock band. As Troy's relationship with Marcus grows, Troy's father becomes increasingly concerned about his son's new friendship.
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A dropout comes to the aid of a chubby and suicidal high-school kid by recruiting him as the drummer for his upstart punk-rock band. | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Jacob Wysocki ... Troy

Matt O'Leary ... Marcus

Billy Campbell ... Mr. Billings

Dylan Arnold ... Dayle
Tyler Trerise ... Manoj

Russell Hodgkinson ... Marcus' Stepfather
Sean Donavan ... Ollie

Julian Gavilanes ... Matt

Lili Simmons ... Isabel

Jeffrey Doornbos ... Mr. Sherman
Lino Marioni ... Young Troy
Michael Loftus ... Band Member #1
Stephanie Sarreal Park ... Girl #1 (as Stephanie Park)
Duane Cawthon ... Bus Driver
Frances Hearn ... Bus Stop Woman

Brian Sutherland ... Dino
Ernie Hall ... School Security Guard
Laura Hanson ... Marcus' Mom

Matthew Lillard ... Psychologist
Michael Freiburger ... Glenn
Ian Lesage ... Reedy
Danielle Hammer ... Megan
Jeannine Johnson ... Megan's Roommate (as Jeannie 'JJ' Johnson)

Vivan Dugré ... Waitress
Amber Wolfe Wollam ... Nurse #1
Lance McQueen ... Hospital Security Guard
Patrick Allcorn ... DEA Agent (as Patrick Alcorn)
Rick Rosenthal ... Swim Coach
Jaeson Albritton ... Industrial Arts Teacher
Alanna Reynolds ... Beautiful Woman

Heidi Korndorffer ... Hot Girl

Rachel Pate ... Nurse #2
Elisabeth Bates-Shull ... Mrs. Billings
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Herbert Centeno ... Punk Rocker
Angela Garner ... Punk Rocker
Keri Owen ... Girl at Counter (uncredited)

Directed by
Matthew Lillard 
Writing credits
Michael M.B. Galvin (screenplay by) &
Peter Speakman (screenplay by)

K.L. Going (based upon the novel by)

Produced by
Trent Broin .... co-producer
Jane Charles .... producer
Bert Kern .... associate producer
Ryan Lewis .... co-producer
Matthew Lillard .... producer
Jennifer Maas .... producer
Nick Morton .... producer
Rick Rosenthal .... producer
Talan Torriero .... producer
Evan Wasserstrom .... producer
Original Music by
Mike McCready 
Cinematography by
Noah Rosenthal 
Film Editing by
Michelle M. Witten  (as Michelle Witten)
Casting by
Jennifer Ricchiazzi 
Production Design by
Tania Kupczak 
Art Direction by
Lisa B. Hammond 
Set Decoration by
Jason Aumann 
Costume Design by
Ashley Russell 
Makeup Department
Shawn R. Shelton .... key makeup artist
Shawn R. Shelton .... special makeup effects designer
Damon Vanhee .... special makeup effects artist
Ross Williams .... hair stylist
Production Management
Jim Charleston .... production supervisor
Gabriela Revilla Lugo .... unit production manager (as Gabriela Revilla)
Traci Martin .... production acountant
David Morgan .... assistant production accountant
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Paul Dahlke .... second assistant director
Allison Eckert .... first assistant director
Keri Owen .... second second assistant director
Art Department
Claudio Molinar Duran .... graphic design
Lacee Kloze .... art department coordinator
Regan MacStravic .... photographic props
Cassie Miggins .... property master
Chad Schlund .... graphic design
Matthew Siltala .... assistant property master
Audrey Wimberly .... art production assistant
Kristen Bonnalie .... art department production assistant (uncredited)
Sound Department
Keith Bilderbeck .... sound designer
Cary Clark .... technical support
Eric Maldin .... adr mixer
Tim O'Connell .... foley artist
Brian Power .... additional adr recording
Dave Richards .... boom operator
Kelsey Wood .... sound mixer
Special Effects by
Stephanie Batten .... special effects technician
Tyler Boggs .... special effects technician
William Boggs .... special effects coordinator
Visual Effects by
Miguel A. Guerrero .... modeling supervisor: Whitewater Films
Daniel Kruse .... visual effects supervisor: Whitewater Films
Sherril Johnson .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Mike Astle .... grip
Patrick Barcroft .... key grip
Mark Bueing .... best boy electric
Justin Cantrell .... electrician
Laurie Clark .... still photographer
Kevin Cook .... best boy electric: alternate
Kevin Cook .... electrician
Coty James .... second assistant camera
Niall James .... grip
Nacime Khemis .... digital imaging technician
Jason Knoll .... first assistant camera
Edd Lukas .... underwater cinematographer
Jeremy Mackie .... gaffer
Dan Misner .... best boy grip
Tracy Nystrom .... lighting technician
Arthur Reynolds .... electrician
Joe Shapiro .... digital imaging technician
Nick Shoemaker .... second assistant camera
Norman Tumolva .... lighting technician
Alisa Tyrrill .... second assistant camera
T.J. Williams Jr. .... steadicam operator
Casting Department
Gabriela Revilla Lugo .... extras casting (as Gabriela Revilla)
Jodi Rothfield .... seattle casting
Heidi Walker .... seattle casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Emma Mueller .... wardrobe assistant
Shari Noble .... extras costumer
Ninnette Robare .... set costumer
Angela H. Young .... wardrobe assistant
Editorial Department
William Adashek .... digital intermediate executive producer
Kevin Cannon .... colorist
Darol Michael Carr .... title and credits designer
Josef Sipkins .... assistant colorist
Music Department
Sandy Wilson .... music supervisor
Other crew
Tyler Arns .... production assistant
Bianca Bezdek-Goodloe .... legal services
Cheryl Cowan .... script supervisor
Leah Santa Cruz .... production assistant
Herman Esau .... location manager
Sebastian Falkowski .... accounting clerk
Jeff Ferrell .... production assistant
Shayla Jones .... production assistant
Nate Lessler .... key set production assistant
Sarah MacAaron .... director's assistant
Autumn Perrotta .... production assistant
Taz Reimers .... assisant production coordinator (as Taliesin Reimers)
Dave Richards .... set medic
Ryan Ricks .... production coordinator
Lance Rosen .... legal services
Rey-Phillip Santos .... production assistant
Marco Scaringi .... production office intern
Robyn Scaringi .... second assistant production accountant
Alma Aguilar .... thanks
Darol Michael Carr .... special thanks
James Clark .... special thanks
Mel Eslyn .... special thanks
Scott Mason .... special thanks
Katie Sawyer .... special thanks
Lou 'Big' Tarcetti .... special thanks
Patricia Yuen .... special thanks

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Rated R for sexual and drug content, and brief violent images
98 min
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17 out of 19 people found the following review useful.
Lillard's film doesn't quite rule the world, but it does an admirable job, 11 November 2012
Author: Thomas Lewry (TJKubrick56) from Australia

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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