FAT KID RULES THE WORLD
6:15pm, Sunday, August 26, Alabama Theatre
Bored and depressed 17-year-old fat kid Troy Billings is ready to walk in front of a bus, literally. However, Marcus, a high school dropout and local guitar hero, interrupts the suicide attempt, saving Troy from a gory end. Consequently (and mostly based on Marcus’ needs) a fast and unlikely friendship develops. But Fat Kid Rules The World is not your typical unlikely-high-school-nerd-gets-popular tale and the complex friendship between Troy and Marcus begins to impact every area of both their separate worlds, for better and worse.
Based on the K. L. Going novel of the same name, Fat Kid Rules The World presents a sensitive, endearing, frequently humorous and, most importantly, realistic portrayal of high school life that seemingly reflects wisdom gained from the likes of Heathers, Election, Carrie, and Mean Girls. The film is Matthew Lillard’s directorial debut, a project that took him 9 years to get off the ground. The music-centric movie features an original score by Pearl Jam’s Mike McCready and recently won the SXSW Audience Choice Award.
Producer Rick Rosenthal is scheduled to attend.
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