- Directors: Bobcat Goldthwait
- Producers: Howard Gertler, Ted Hamm, Richard Kelly, Sean McKittrick, Tim Perell, Sarah de Sa Rego, Jennifer Roth
- Writers: Bobcat Goldthwait
- Genres: Comedy, Drama
- Actors: Robin Williams, Daryl Sabara, Alexie Gilmore
Lance Clayton (played by Robin Williams) is a single father, unpublished author, and high school English teacher who dreams of becoming a famous writer. He unsuccessfully tries to bond with his misanthropic, underachieving, sex-obsessed teenage son Kyle (played by Daryl Sabara). Virtually friendless, Kyle is a student at the same school where Lance teaches an unpopular poetry class.
Because of Kyle’s poor academic performance, the school principal advises Lance that Kyle should transfer to a special needs school. One night, Kyle dies accidentally in an autoerotic asphyxiation accident in his bedroom. Overcome with grief, Lance avoids embarrassment by staging Kyle’s death scene as a suicide, hanging Kyle in the closet and leaving a false suicide note on the body.
Initially, most of the students and faculty at Lance’s school are uninterested in Kyle’s death, Kyle having been a very unpopular and unlikeable person. However, a classmate later obtains the suicide note from police records and publishes it in the school newspaper. The note strikes a chord with the students and faculty and many now claim to have been Kyle’s friend. Enjoying the attention his writing is finally receiving, Lance fabricates and publishes Kyle’s diary of his last days. Kyle becomes something of a post-mortem cult phenomenon at the school; students who had previously disliked him begin to claim that they had always been close to Kyle and Lance is regarded as a hero. A much younger teacher on staff, who has been dating Lance at her convenience, begins to give him her undivided attention.
The bogus journal also attracts the attention of book publishers now eager for Lance’s work, and Lance lands a TV appearance on nationally-broadcast talk show. Ironically, the school principal now wants to dedicate the school library to Kyle’s memory, in spite of Kyle’s terrible attitude and lack of interest in schoolwork during his life. Kyle’s only friend Andrew, asks Lance some penetrating questions, aware that Kyle was incapable of profound writing. Lance’s work, though published under false pretenses, earns him all the fame and appreciation he had dreamed of. At the library dedication, Lance’s guilt over his exploitation of Kyle’s death reaches a breaking point, leading him to confess everything, from Kyle’s real character and death to Lance’s authorship of Kyle’s “journals.” Lance is immediately despised by everyone except Andrew, who praises Kyle’s bogus journal and encourages Lance to continue writing. Lance, encouraged by Andrew’s statement, invites him to attend a zombie movie marathon at his house.