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Thursday To-Do: 'Fat Kid Rules the World'



Fat Kid Rules the World screens at Rave Motion Pictures Thursday.
  • "Fat Kid Rules the World" screens at Rave Motion Pictures Thursday.

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, 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.

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