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After a while, Paramount changed their mind and put the production into turnaround. In short order, Craig wants to go home but his new shrink, Dr.
George, a lonely and fatalistic teen who has made it all the way to his senior year without ever having done a real day of work, is befriended by Sally, a popular but complicated girl who recognizes in him a kindred spirit.
Shy 14-year-old Duncan goes on summer vacation with his mother, her overbearing boyfriend, and her boyfriend's daughter.
Having a rough time fitting in, Duncan finds an unexpected friend in Owen, manager of the Water Wizz water park.High schooler Greg, who spends most of his time making parodies of classic movies with his co-worker Earl, finds his outlook forever altered after befriending a classmate who has just been diagnosed with cancer.