Written September 05, 2009
I didn't like this movie even though I thought it was an excellent film. A teenage boy is having a very tough rite of passage and makes himself an outcast and a pain in the butt. Kyle's weak father is powerless to influence him and he dies experimenting with autoerotic asphyxiation. His grief stricken father makes it look like suicide complete with suicide note penned by him. We have seen a number of movies lately on the effects/insanity of "group think". The remainder of this story is another study in that phenomena, where the motive is seemingly some kind of rewrite of their attitudes in much the same way that Kyle's father rewrote his demise. Every character in the movie including the "grief specialist" hired by the chameleon-like school administrator, from students to staff, are duplicious in rationalizing their guilt/default, never relating to either the real Kyle or the personna that he assumes in hating those he cannot "make it" with. The film has only a single likable character
Written September 04, 2009
Thurs 9/2/09 - Just like the reviewer before me, I also DISAGREE with the earlier review/reviewer - this is Robin William's best performance in a drama-dramedy this century.
This 1.5hr movie is totally palatable despite starting off slow - but director/writer Bobcat Goldthwait's R-rated effort is a gem in itself that deals with heavy themes such as fame, love, death, loss, teen angst (AND adult angst), truth, loneliness, acceptance, etc.
This movie does require intelligence and a sense of humor to process and appreciate the refreshingly original dark humor. The above-average script was clever and deftly performed by the talented cast. Robin William's performance was inspired.
The wonderful ending was a metaphor - with Robin Williams' character shedding his facade - and being free and cleansed/'healed'.
Highly recommended for fans of Robin Williams and Bobcat Goldthwait.
R-rated and not appropriate for kids.
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Written August 26, 2009
Writer-director BOB GOLDTHWAIT has been quoted as saying he likes making movies about “flawed” people & ones that cause people to feel “awkward”. He has “succeeded” on both counts with this film. ROBIN WILLIAMS plays a high school poetry teacher Lance who is single-handedly raising a 15-year-old son Kyle (DARYL SABARA) who is often-enraged, foul-mouthed, anti-social, over-sexed, & confused (& those are in his “good” times!). Darryl has only one friend, Jeremy (EVAN MARTIN), who he usually puts-down unkindly. Robin has a thing for fellow teacher Claire (ALEXIE GILMORE), who can’t seem to decide whether she wants to be with him or another teacher there. Frustrated-writer Robin at one point works to “COVER-UP” a major situation involving Daryl, which creates what friend Ed called a “sad, sick, sorry situation” which changes his life & that of a number of people “around” him. This is called a “black” COMEDY. There's some well-done acting, some humor, but it's hurt by BAD multiple "endings"
Written August 30, 2009
This film could not have come at a more interesting time, what with the renewed glorification of Michael Jackson we've been exposed to upon his death. I disagree with an earlier reviewer- this movie is very funny- I laughed aloud many times, though I was moved and touched as well- specifically from Robin Williams OUTSTANDING performance.I loved the ending-I clapped, and many around me joined in-(us movie nerds have to express ourselves) Daryl Sabara was perfection in his portrayal of this loathsome teen- but true to real life, his dad doesn't like him, but loves him. Maybe I related too much to it- I feel the same way about my 18 yr old son. I hope this indie film reaches the audience it deserves- and becomes a cult classic!
Written August 21, 2009
This was described as a black comedy. It was dark but there was no comedy at all. The movie bogged down in the middle and got boring. The ending was good, but wait for it to come out on video.Not worth going to see.