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Fat Kid Rules the World

Matthew Lillard (The Descendants, Scooby Doo) and Billy Campbell (The Rocketeer, Dracula) came along to the Newcomb Theatre to present Lillard’s directorial debut and Campbell’s role in Fat Kid Rules the World. Lillard’s energy and high spirits bring this story to life. After a rough life, obese high school teenager Troy (Jacob Wysocki) finds himself dragged along the mishaps of expelled band junkie Marcus (Matt O’Leary) after Marcus saves Troy from his suicide attempt. By the end, Troy is saving Marcus from his downward spiral. This film has a ton of heart, from the amazing performances of the actors to the truthful environment that Matthew Lillard created. Fat Kid Rules the World came from a lot of hard work and dedication on the part of Lillard to make and is one that everyone should see. From the first shot, you can tell that this film is a character in itself. Lillard and Campbell stayed long after the film ended to talk to basically every fan in the theatre, and his emanating energy made everyone feel like he truly loved the experience. I highly, highly recommend checking this film out when it comes to iTunes next week and on VOD. 5/5 stars. – Annie Wilmer

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Posted in Virginia Film Festival on November 4, 2012

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