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Matthew Lillard in Paste’s 15 Best New Filmmakers of 2012 article

Posted on Jan 9, 2013 in Reviews

13. Matthew Lillard – Fat Kid Rules the World
Emerging straight from his heart, Fat Kid Rules the World proves to be a warm and sincere directorial debut with a winning punk rock attitude. Jacob Wysocki, who shined brightly in last year’s Terri, anchors the film as Troy, a depressed and overweight high-school misfit who wants to die. In the opening sequence, he proceeds to step in front of an oncoming bus to end his life, only to be saved by Marcus (Matt O’Leary), a drug addicted punker with problems of his own. In the wake of the incident, the two form an unlikely relationship that compels Troy to start playing drums in hopes of forming a new punk rock band and, thus, creates hope and change for the dejected teen—and for his family (Billy Campbell plays his stern father). It’s an insightful, heartfelt story that doesn’t avoid the harsh realities of human experience. —David Roark

http://www.pastemagazine.com/blogs/lists/2012/12/the-20-best-new-filmmakers-of-2012.html

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