When his son's body is found in a humiliating accident, a lonely high school teacher inadvertently attracts an overwhelming amount of community and media attention after covering up the truth with a phony suicide note.
Lance Clayton is a man who has learned to settle. He dreamed of being a rich and famous writer, but has only managed to make it as a high school poetry teacher. His only son Kyle is an insufferable jackass who won't give his father the time of day. Lance is dating Claire, the school's adorable art teacher, but she doesn't want to get serious -- or even acknowledge publicly that they are dating. Then, in the wake of a freak accident, Lance suffers the worst tragedy and greatest opportunity of his life. He is suddenly faced with the possibility of all the fame, fortune and popularity he ever dreamed of, if he can only live with the knowledge of how he got there. Written by
When Dr. Pentola is handing out copies of Kyle's book 'You Don't Know Me', they briefly show two pages in the book. What is actually shown is two pages of 'The Metamorphosis' by Franz Kafka. See more »
Early on in the movie, Kyle's computer monitor changes from a bulky white one to a thin black one. Later on in the movie, Lance buys him the black monitor. See more »
So, do you play sports?
No, I'm a big spaz like my dad.
Well, I was in the dive team in college.
Diving's not really a sport; it's falling.
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I loved the characterisation of this movie: Robin Williams is one of those actors you have to like. So when, as in this movie, he plays someone who is sweet and kind and weak and crawling through moral quicksand, the resulting conflict you feel has you laughing out loud and wringing your hands with anxiety all at the same time.
The plot is original and comes with a couple of unforgettable twists. The dialogue is sharp, the humour dark. The moral compass is spinning wildly, but it straightens up for us in the end.
There is a quote at the end of the movie that really struck a chord with me.
"I used to think the worst thing in life was to end up all alone, but it's not. The worst thing is ending up with people who make you feel all alone."
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