Black comedy drama starring Robin Williams. Lance Clayton (Williams) is a high school teacher, failed writer and all-round loser, stumbling blindly and selfishly through life. He is dating art teacher Claire (Alexie Gilmore), but she doesn't want a serious relationship and won't acknowledge their involvement publicly. His only son Kyle (Daryl Sabara) is an ungrateful, obnoxious pervert who will not give his father the time of day, When tragedy strikes, Lance unexpectedly finds himself in line for the fame, fortune and popularity he has always dreamed of. But can he live with the price he has had to pay?