Director: Bobcat Goldthwait
Writer: Bobcat Goldthwait
Starring: Robin Williams, Daryl Sabara, Alexie Gilmore
"I used to think the worst thing in life was to end up all alone. It's not. It's to be surrounded by people who make you feel like you're alone." Lance Clayton (Williams) is a high school poetry teacher with grandiose dreams of being a writer that have, so far, resulted in five unpublished novels. After his son (Sabara) dies in a tragic freak accident, Lance suddenly finds himself receive the attention he always dreamed of, but not without a price.
Bobcat Goldthwait is indescribable, a persona that has to be seen to be believed. Before now, I never knew him beyond an occasional Hollywood Squares appearance and a voice in Disney's animated Hercules film several years back, and neither of those led me to believe that he was capable of creating this under-the-radar gem from last year. His script is the ideal balance of dark comedy and drama, and the performances his actors deliver are excellent. Williams hasn't done a film this good in years, and Sabara has come a long way from his role in the Spy Kids movies. Go buy this DVD, if only because a 30-theater, $220,000 release doesn't do this movie justice. You won't regret it.