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After high-school dropout Marcus thwarts the overweight, seventeen-year-old Troy's suicide attempt, they form a friendship and a punk band. But Troy learns that he isn't the only one dealing with inner-demons.
Seventeen-year-old Troy Billings (Jacob Wysocki) is overweight, lonely and suicidal. He's just about to jump in front of a bus when he's saved by Marcus (Matt O'Leary), a charming high-school dropout with a notorious punk rock past. The two begin an uneasy friendship when Marcus enlists Troy to be the drummer in his new band — ignoring the fact that Troy doesn't actually play the drums. As Troy's anxiety conflicts with Marcus' enthusiasm, the true sources of their emotions reveal themselves, testing the limits of their friendship.
Balancing comedy with moments of heartbreaking authenticity, Fat Kid Rules the World is fuelled by director Matthew Lillard's punk-rock sensibility and a never-say-die attitude. This SXSW Audience Award–winning film for Narrative Feature Spotlight has already struck a chord with film-goers, and the TIFF Next Wave Film Festival is proud to premiere it in Toronto.
Content Advisory: drug use, profanity, mild violence