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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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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A Sweet Wholesome Film!
13 September 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Wallace Shawn is the star of this film as a a chemist, Dr. Spiegel, who is poorly mistreated at work. He is a single dad of Charlie, an 11 year old. Laura Innes has a supporting role as understanding Rose. This is a wholesome family movie without the sentimentality. I would have never guessed that it was filmed in Utah with the fall colors. The story about Charlie Spiegel begins with him hiring an attractive stronger stranger to play the role of his dad. The man he hires has his own secrets and past history. Charlie played by Ben Diskin is well played and believable. Charlie is new to the school and has been bullied enough. The film was shot in 1995 and the computers appear dated. Even though I never even heard about it, I did enjoy it. Wallace Shawn is the everyman, brilliant actor, playwright and writer. He doesn't get enough as the leading man but here he's the father and it's a great performance.


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