Norman (2011) is a little seen comedy-drama starring Dan Byrd, Emily VanCamp, and Richard Jenkins. Byrd stars as the titular "Norman", a eighteen year old boy who is forced to deal with both the best and worst times of his life all at once.
In the film, Norman, is a sad, lonely kid who two years prior, lost his mother in a car accident. Now he risks losing his father as well to stomach cancer. By mistake, Norman manages to convince his entire school that he's the one dying of cancer while at the same time falling in love with the new girl in school, Emily (Emily VanCamp).
Byrd (go see his amazing work in "Any Day Now", "Aliens in America", "Easy A", and "Cougar Town") is wonderfully on point in the movie. His motivations and actions are clear and by the end of "Norman" the viewer has grown to really care about what happens to him. However, the slight flaw in the movie are the actions of the other people in Norman's life.
All the teenage characters are realistic in their immature and selfish responses to Norman's façade. His best friend wants to shave his head in solidarity and Emily wants to be with him even as he tries to hid his father's illness. Even the adults are realistically flawed. Norman's teacher (Adam Goldberg) uses Norman's cancer as a way to deal with his own wife's death and his father (Jenkins) can focus on little else but his impending death. These actions are reasonable but may frustrate viewers seeing this all through Norman's eyes. You'll want his dad to take a moment to better prepare his son for life without his parents or his friends to see his several cries for help.