by Robert Bell
‘FAT KID RULES THE WORLD’
7:30 p.m. Rave Motion Pictures. $10.
“Fat Kid Rules the World” is the directorial debut of actor Matthew Lillard (“SLC Punk,” “Scooby-Doo”), based on K.L. Going’s 2003 YA novel of the same name.
It’s a tale of punk-rock redemption in which a hefty high-school kid named Troy (Jacob Wysocki) finds out that life might actually be worth living. In an attempt to end it all, Troy steps in front of a bus and is promptly knocked out of the way by Marcus (Matt O’Leary), a rebellious guitar player and singer in a punk band. Marcus promptly convinces Troy to take up the drums and back him up in a newly formed band, a task that is complicated slightly by the fact that Troy has never sat behind a kit in his life. The two misfits form a bond, but it’s threatened by Marcus’s dark secret.
The film won the audience award for narrative film at this year’s SXSW Film festival. This screening is a one-off deal, via a service called tugg.com, which is sort of like Groupon for movies; when enough people pledge to buy tickets to a movie, a local theater commits to screen it. Sounds promising. Get your tickets online here. Seating is limited.