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Fat Kid Rules the World (2012)

R | | Comedy, Drama | 9 March 2012 (USA)
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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.


Matthew Lillard


Michael M.B. Galvin (screenplay by), Peter Speakman (screenplay by) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jacob Wysocki ... Troy
Matt O'Leary ... Marcus
Billy Campbell ... Mr. Billings
Dylan Arnold ... Dayle
Tyler Trerise Tyler Trerise ... Manoj
Russell Hodgkinson ... Marcus' Stepfather
Sean Donavan Sean Donavan ... Ollie
Julian Gavilanes ... Matt
Lili Simmons ... Isabel
Jeffrey Doornbos ... Mr. Sherman
Lino Marioni Lino Marioni ... Young Troy
Michael Loftus Michael Loftus ... Band Member #1
Stephanie Sarreal Park Stephanie Sarreal Park ... Girl #1 (as Stephanie Park)
Duane Cawthon Duane Cawthon ... Bus Driver
Frances Hearn Frances Hearn ... Bus Stop Woman


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.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Troy Billings is fat. His life sucks. See more »


Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sexual and drug content, and brief violent images | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

9 March 2012 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Fat Kid Rules the World See more »

Filming Locations:

Seattle, Washington, USA


Box Office


$750,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,450, 7 October 2012

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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Did You Know?


In their first gig, Marcus does the start counting by saying "Sugar plum fairy," which was the way John Lennon did the counting for an early recording of The Beatles' song A Day In The Life. See more »


Written by Rachel Ratner and Shannon Perry
Performed by Butts
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Fat Kid Rules the World
1 April 2013 | by sullivansituationSee all my reviews

First, let me say, congratulations to Jacob Wysocki for a wonderful performance in FKRtW. His Bath Boys history on YouTube has allowed for many doors to open -- and luckily for us, this is one of the doors that opens and reveals his talents.

When it comes to the story, I was absolutely engaged and excited to experience that trials and tribulations of Troy, even if sometimes they weren't pretty or euphoric, whereas Matt O'Leary I felt as miscast. His struggles weren't believable and I felt almost took away from overall story. It was almost as if the actor was trying to glorify Matthew Lillard's (who also directed) performance in Scream.

If it weren't for Mr. Wysocki or Billy Campbell (who plays the role of Troy's father brilliantly) or even the small role of Dayle (played by Dylan Arnold) then this would've been a huge miss.

Overall, the movie was fantastic. However, due the a very cheesy ending, this otherwise 9/10 film gets 7/10 from me.

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