Gentle Readers . . . and Maxwell,
Today I present for your consideration Fat Kid Rules the World (2012, Rated R, Available On DVD or Netflix Screaming).
Fat Kid Rules the World is the kind of small, offbeat film that I adore.
Troy (Jacob Wysocki) hurtles us directly into the path of this movie by stepping in front of a bus. He's fat. His mom died. His brother is a jerk. His father is harsh and doesn't know what to do with a kid who eats all the time and doesn't have any friends.
Marcus (Matt O'Leary) shoves Troy away from suicide and into the beginnings of what might be a full life with friendships, going places, learning to be a drummer so he can join Marcus's new band . . .
But is Marcus really Troy's friend? It's not long before Marcus asks Troy for money and assistance with various "projects" that might not be in Troy's best interest.
I don't want to tell you more about the plot of this film because I'm afraid I'll ruin it for you. Let's say Fat Kid Rules the World revolves around relationships: new relationships, old relationships, changing relationships, renewed relationships. Of course, it incorporates my beloved interconnectedness of humankind.
The acting is excellent. Wysocki is outstanding with his sad hound dog eyes and his ability to convey Troy's coming of age and new understanding of humanity. The way he starts to speak up for himself–Dudes, it moves me.
O'Leary is great, too, as is Billy Campbell as Troy's father. Dylan Arnold makes an impression as Dayle, Troy's incredibly annoying brother.
This movie is rated R. It includes drug use, violence, and profanity. If Favorite Young Man and The Hurricane were still my little darlings, hanging around the house during a snowstorm, I would want them to see this movie. I would allow a 10 year old to watch Fat Kid Rules the World, and really encourage it for ages 13 and older. But you know your kids. As always, I urge you to watch the movie yourself and then decide if your children should see it. If you vote to let the kiddies watch, then please, please, please discuss the film afterwards.
Fat Kid Rules the World earns The Janie Junebug Highest Seal of Approval.
Something I want to mention about movies that you should consider (and it's used in this particular film) is Watch For Parallels. Maybe a character will commit an act repeatedly but his actions will be a little different each time. Or MAYBE you'll see parallels between a couple of characters, and those parallel actions will change the course of the characters' paths.
Infinities of love,
P.S. Please don't tell me you've never heard of this movie. I know you've never heard of it. I don't care. One of the reasons I write MOVIE WEEKEND is to introduce you to movies you've never heard of. Yes, sometimes I review a movie that everybody knows about, especially if my opinion of the movie is different from the general consensus. But most of the time, the idea is to ferret out something different, or to call your attention to a movie that's a waste of time (I want to save you from the bad and the ugly), or sometimes to say, Yeah, you HAVE heard of this movie and it's an artistic triumph.
P.P.S. You know, I hope, that when I say I don't care about what you say, that I'm putting on my indifferent act. Of course I care. Jeeze Louise.
P.P.P.S. I have to admit I'm glad I no longer live where there's snow. I'm not trying to taunt or pick on those of you who have to deal with a shitload of snow tonight. I wish I'd never left Maryland. But now that I've been in Florida for a while,