Box art for Fat Boy Chronicles

Fat Boy Chronicles

  • Rated NR

independent, special interest

Inspired by a true story, a bullied teenager finds the strength to focus on his goals to lose weight and win over the girl of his dreams.

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directed by

Jason Winn



common sense

ON for kids age 13
Positive messages
3 out of 5
Positive role models
3 out of 5
2 out of 5
1 out of 5
2 out of 5
0 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
2 out of 5

Earnest but flawed teen film about obesity and bullying.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that The Fat Boy Chronicles deals with some harsh truths about teen obesity and bullying. Other issues touched upon are teen "cutting," alcoholic parents, murder, suicide, and depression. The hero is a 14-year-old boy in his first year of high school, so the messages delivered will have meaning to many young teens. However, the execution is weak, and some issues raised are given very little time. As a result, important teen dilemmas end up getting sketchy and one-dimensional treatment. Actual violence (pushing, grabbing an overweight boy's chest, a hard slap) and language issues ("ugly," "stupid," "fatty," "boobs") are relatively mild, but extensive humiliation, cruelty, and heartbreak are the prominent elements that move the story.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about how bullying has become an important issue in our culture. What changes have you noticed either in bullying itself or in kids' response to bullying as a result of it being part of our nation's conversation? How has your own awareness changed?
  • In this film, most of the students witnessing Jimmy's humiliation laugh along with the bullies. How can the "witnesses" change the bullying landscape in schools?
  • Mrs. Pope's journal requirement ends up making a lot of sense to Jimmy. Try creating a journal for yourself for one week. Then see how you feel about writing down your thoughts, knowing no one else may ever read them.

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

Audience Reviews

4 stars

A somber yet heartwarming drama of an overweight high-school freshman and his tribulations. Over run by animosity for his weight, the obese freshman sheds the pounds to capture the admiration of the girl he loves and his school peers. A simple yet effective triumph story.

- rymetal, Thursday, June 28, 2012

3 stars

I was expecting a movie more like Angus but I was really suprised that it was nothing like it at all.The Fat Boy Chronicles had extreme bullying, suicide, murder, etc, etc, etc.It was a good movie but at times it was brutal & hard to watch so if you're expecting a feel good comedy like I was, Forget about it!

- dukeakasmudge, Monday, January 9, 2012