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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.

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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 andrew mcgraime

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Lance Clayton is about to get everything he deserves.

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Rated R for language, crude and sexual content, some drug use and disturbing images | See all certifications »

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24 September 2010 (Ireland)  »

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O Melhor Pai do Mundo  »

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$4,675 (USA) (21 August 2009)

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$221,210 (USA) (20 November 2009)
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Krist Novoselic: The newspaper vendor who hugs Lance. Novoselic is a rock musician, best known as the bassist of Nirvana. Furthermore, it is well known that Nirvana's frontman Kurt Cobain committed suicide and writer/director Bobcat Goldthwait was a close friend of Cobain's. See more »

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After Kyle's journal is published, the motivational sign over the blackboard in Mike's classroom reads "Hard work is it's own reward". There is no apostrophe in "its" when it is used as a possessive. Mike teaches creative writing. See more »

Quotes

Lance Clayton: Jesus Christ, Andrew, why can't you let it go, okay? No wonder your mother drinks.
Andrew: You know the last thing Kyle said to me? Said you're a stupid fucking idiot. Have a good time on your TV show; Kyle's still dead.
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References Santa Claus Conquers the Martians (1964) See more »

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Mandolin Rain
Written by Bruce Hornsby and John Hornsby
Performed by Bruce Hornsby
Courtesy of Zappo Productions
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Blackly Brilliant
12 October 2010 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

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."

Brilliant.


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