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A high school poetry teacher and single father discovers that the thing he covets most in life may not be what makes him truly happy in this pitch-black comedy directed by Bobcat Goldthwait, and starring Robin Williams. Lance Clayton (Williams) is a mild-mannered high school teacher from Seattle who was granted sole custody of his son, Kyle (Daryl Sabara), following a nasty divorce. As hard as Lance tries to connect with his hostile, loathsome son, all he receives for his sincere efforts are insults and scorn. The only things Kyle seems to care about are violent video games and internet porn, the latter obsession eventually serving to alienate the foul-mouthed teen from his sole friend, Andrew (Evan Martin). His books rejected by publishers and his poetry class on the verge of being canceled due to student disinterest, Lance does find a bit of happiness in his relationship with pretty art instructor Claire (Alexie Gilmore), though these days her gaze is drifting toward handsome young English teacher Mike (Henry Simmons), who recently celebrated the publication of his very first piece in The New Yorker. Then, one day, Lance discovers his son dead, the apparent victim of autoerotic asphyxiation gone horribly awry. In order to give the boy some dignity in death, Lance pens a suicide note before summoning the authorities. By chance, that note is published in Kyle's school newspaper, instantly transforming him into a misunderstood cult icon among the impressionable student body. Now, tragedy has become opportunity for Lance. Can the grieving father live with the knowledge of how he achieved such fame, or has he sacrificed his own soul in his blind quest to garner the kind of fame that has eluded him his entire life? ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

  • Release date:August 21, 2009


Robin Williams
as Lance Clayton
Daryl Sabara
as Kyle Clayton
Alexie Gilmore
as Claire
Tom Kenny
as Jerry Klein
Geoffrey Pierson
as Principal Anderson
Henry Simmons
as Mike Lane
Toby Huss
as Bert Green
Morgan Murphy
as Morgan
Naomi Glick
as Ginger
Ellie Jameson
as Jennifer
Alles Mist
as Metal Kid
Jermaine Williams
as Jason
Lorraine Nicholson
as Heather
Mitzi McCall
as Bonnie
Rebecca Erwin Spencer
as Nosy Neighbor
Cheri Minns
as Nosy Neighbor
Tony V.
as Dr. Pentola
Krist Novoselic
as Newsstand Vendor
Jill Talley
as Make-Up Woman
Deborah Horne
as Dr. Dana
Bruce Hornsby
as Bruce Hornsby


Bobcat Goldthwait
Richard Kelly
Sean McKittrick
Howard Gertler
Tim Perell
Bobcat Goldthwait
Horacio Marquinez
Bruce Hornsby
Linda Cohen
Musical Direction/Supervision
Jason Stewart
John Paino
Production Designer
Sarah de Sa Rego
Edward H. Hamm, Jr.
Executive Producer
Jennifer Roth
Executive Producer
Sarah de Sa Rego
Costume Designer
Rachel M. Thomson
Set Decorator
Lisa Fowle
Sound/Sound Designer
Mitch Mitchell
Tim Henderson
Robert McGee
Ruth Lambert
Zita Mazzola
Production Supervisor
Cheri Minns
Hair Styles
Cheri Minns
Michael Hilow
Stunts Coordinator
Gerard Parr
Ryan Rees
Supervising Sound Editor
Joyce Rudolph
Still Photographer
Bruce Hornsby
Musical Performer