Charlie is constantly bullied at school and decides to invite a weightlifter to pose as his father at the father/son picnic. The lie spirals out of control and Charlie ends up the target of a kidnapping due to the weightlifter's troubled past.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Stan Speigel
Ben Diskin ...
Jarrett Lennon ...
Frank Turner
Dane Stevens ...
Hoffs (as Duane Stephens)
Brittney Lewis ...
Christy Summerhays ...
Miss Quinn
Elisabeth Lund ...
Samantha Sandrich
Nick Murdock ...
Ralphie (as Bernie Ben Garcia)


Charlie along with a close friend of his are constantly harassed by school bullies, Charlie has a crush there that he wishes to be able to court, and has a scientist and kind but pacifistic and not particularly attractive appearing father, who is also troubled every now and then by pranksters who also work there. After some failed attempts Charlie does with his father in hopes of qualifying them for the father/son picnic competition, he decides to substitute him by going to a gym and inviting a weightlifter to pose as his father at it. One he comes across agrees to his ploy, and when the competition comes, they succeed. On a count of school pressures following that, the lie about Charlie and his dad spirals out of control and Charlie ends up at the mercy of a kidnapping due to the weightlifter's past involvement with a gang of hoodlums. By that point, not only will the whole truth have to come out to everyone sooner or later whether through Charlie confessing it or by circumstances ... Written by Anonymous

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He wanted a superman father... what he got was a super dad!!


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4 November 1996 (USA)  »

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Pretty Darn Sweet!
19 September 1999 | by (California, United States) – See all my reviews

A family movie, with some absolutely charming moments when Jarrett Lennon, the best friend, warmly teaches his pal how to survive, despite their obvious nerdy-ness. Jarrett's one of those "secret" young actors who plays it for real, which is always a pleasure to watch. Also really terrific performances are those of Laura Innes and Wallace Shawn, as well as Nick Cassavetes (now a director).

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