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World's Greatest Dad
Lance Clayton is about to get everything he deserves.
Robin Williams stars as Lance Clayton, a man who has learned to settle. He dreamed of being a rich and famous writer, but has only managed to make it as a high school poetry teacher. His only son Kyle (Daryl Sabara) is an insufferable jackass who won’t give his father the time of day. He is dating Claire (Alexie Gilmore), the school’s adorable art teacher, but she doesn’t want to get serious --
ROBIN WILLIAMS - IN MEMORIUM
On the night of Robin Williams' death, I wanted to watch one of his films I had not seen. I thought any film would do. The first title that popped up on HooplaDigital.com when I did a search was this one. It may not have been the best choice. It deals with asphyxiation and suicide and being an outsider. I have to give Williams credit for his acting as the poetry teacher cum father of a teenage boy who dies tragically and stupidly, but I must add that I'm no fan of writer-director Bobcat Goldthwait, and I'm in no mood to review this. I just wanted to see Williams in action, and I did. All…
World's Greatest Dad is a comedy/drama film from high-pitched comedian Bobcat Goldthwait, starring Robin Williams as a horror movie loving-poetry teacher with an asshole teenager who is addicted to pornography/jerking off. His son dies in an embarrassing position, his father Lance (Williams) ghost-writes a suicide note to cover up the stigma of pulling a David Carradine (or, if you speak Australian English, pulling a Michael Hutchence).
After the movie starts going you realize that Goldthwait is making a statement (if you've seen his other feature film God Bless America, you wouldn't be surprised about how opinionated the director is and how much he likes to share his views). It's hard to miss the point here, being that a suicide can…
What do you get when you take an actor I generally dislike and put him in a movie written and directed by one of the lamest comics of all time? Well, apparently this, and it's kind of awesome.
The movie satirizes the fact that society has a funny way of turning dead people into heroes, even if they were complete assholes in real life. It's a good concept for a movie and the script takes advantage of it in a really clever way that I won't go in to, but it makes for an interesting setup.
The drama/comedy balance is really well done here. More than once it had me laughing out loud all by myself, which I don't do…
If you haven't seen this already, I suggest you do so immediately. A dark comedy about the shallow cult of celebrity versus loneliness. Don't let the title fool you, this is daring and twisted stuff. Robin Williams is outstanding.
A black satire that has a strong message to convey whilst supplying a hefty amount of chuckles throughout. Director/writer Bobcat Goldthwait does a great job at creating a complex film that combines humor and utter sadness in the same scene, the same sentence and even the same second. His work is expressed wonderfully by Robin Williams, who I'm convinced has lost his mind since all he's doing these days is Old Dogs, The Big Wedding and Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian. His career doesn't have to take this route, and World's Greatest Dad is the type of film he should be attempting more often. He is truly fantastic. Also fantastic is Daryl Sabara (The Spy Kids' kid!),…
Easily one of Williams' better later efforts. A brief review here.
I didn't take this film seriously from the onset. Dull punch lines thudded beneath the sort of too-bright-too-centered-shit-cinematography reminiscent of a handful of other late 2000 Hollywooders (The Help comes to mind).
But Robin Williams is my dad. So I stuck around.
It's readily apparent what Bobcat Goldthwait is setting up here. Even for an intentionally dark comedy, the humor at times seems tasteless. But all the garbage acting and miss-the-mark sincere moments eventually come together to reveal a greater mission. The hyperbole allows us to see more clearly the sort of scummy supericifial bonds Bobcat is targeting. The ditzy and puerile teacher, the students acting out of character. Bobcat stretches everything so far apart that his brilliant Williams-led finale…
Although the cinematography isn't great, the film successfully examines the strange phenomenon of unearned glorification that death brings with it, thanks, in large part, to William's performance.
Really enjoyable but quite flawed in the way it tackles it's subject matter. Quite haunting watching a film starring Robin Williams about suicide, after what happened last year.
An amazing movie that has perfect directing and writing with great performances! It also contains very well done editing, and cinematography. I highly recommended this movie, but make sure you know what your getting into to.
I am going to give "World's Greatest Dad" a 5/5 Stars or an A+!!
LINK TO MY MOVIE REVIEW: www.youtube.com/watch?v=6r2ZWRpJDuI
This movie is so competent in structure and character and humor and tone that the more amateurishness on the technical side hardly matters. That is the most I've enjoyed being viscerally uncomfortable in a long while.
This movie is excellent. It's funny, well-directed, extremely well-acted (especially by Williams). This movie also becomes sadder as it has some parallels to Williams' life as well.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
World’s Greatest Dad
Worth Watching? Yes.
Story: After a wannabe writer’s son dies an embarrassing death, he forges a suicide note that spirals out of control.
One Good Thing:
“Go out there and kill ‘em.”
I’ve been hesitant to watch Bobcat Goldthwait movies not because of the man’s comedy and past movie history, but because of the log lines and premises. I was afraid that the movies would be just about the shock value of the premise than any actual story or content. Finally, after listening to Bobcat on many podcasts I enjoy (Harmontown & You Made It Werid) I thought I really should check out this guy’s stuff. I have to say I was very pleasantly surprised by the heart…
Didn't expect something so brilliant from the director of the last Bigfoot movie I saw.
Beautifully acted and shockingly funny. The movie that you would least expect to make you cry. Probably due to robin williams' suicide.
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