best kid ever
In a rich coastal enclave in northwestern Los Angeles, a workaholic 35-year old physics teacher steps up to parent his slacker teenage nephew desperately in need of guidance and structure as they both struggle to understand their new, flawed middle class family seated in a world of wealth and privilege.
Jacob Whitmore is a fifteen year old slacker. His grades aren't the best - he's more street smart than book smart. Jacob uses his charm and personality to skate just up to the edge of trouble. With his mom always off on some religious retreat and his father in and out of prison, Jacob doesn't know the true meaning of family.
Noah Whitmore is a thirty-five year old physics teacher at an elite private school in Malibu. He's totally committed to his job; his social life doesn't exist but Noah sees no need for one. But he's constantly reminded that "he's not getting any younger" and the growing desire for a family - for something to talk about at the faculty lunch table - is getting stronger and stronger.
When Jacob's mom asks her brother Noah to look after Jacob for a couple of weeks while she's on a retreat, Noah jumps at the chance. After all, it will be great to have someone living in his well-worn house in Topanga besides his dad, Matt, a retired LAPD commissioner. But the surprise is on Noah when his sister extends her retreat. Now Jacob is his responsibility for six months both at home and in school. Jacob's been enrolled at Malibu Academy where Noah teaches. Noah's been itching for a family and hoped for the best kid ever. Instead, he's insta-dad to a modern day Zack Morris.
It's a whole new world for Miami-born Jacob. Malibu is a world of movers and shakers of doers and achievers. Jacob's used to a world of underachievers and underperformers. Add to that the fact that Jacob's uncle is "just a teacher." The Topanga house doesn't have a doorman or a maze of rooms and wings.
Best Kid Ever explores this contrast between the well-to-do and the hard-at-work. With three generations of men living in the same house, Best Kid Ever further explores this new family dynamic. Jacob's never had to be a responsible member of a family. Noah's never had to be responsible for teenage boy who wasn't a student. Throw in the complications of Grandpa Matt trying to be the father he never was when Noah was growing up and you have a recipe for fun.