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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.
Robin Williams plays an overwhelmed father in this warped dark comedy...
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Got the edge and self-contained looniness of an exploitation film. Sadsploitation? Dadsploitation?
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Is it good to surround yourself in lies if it seems to only lead to positive outcomes?
This is a question the film World's Greatest Dad poses and it's certainly something to talk about. Lies can be a tool used to hold the life that surrounds you. In this film, Williams is able to vicariously live the success he so badly dreams of through the posthumous fame of his son. But even while he surrounds himself with fabricated achievement, there is still a lack of fulfillment as the alkaloids he comes by are, to his knowledge, unjust. In the end he decides to break free of these lies. The idea of breaking free is very literal here as, surrounded by…
So devastating and difficult to watch. Probably the darkest comedy I've seen. Ultimately satisfying and hopeful however. Williams was fantastic.
On-the-nose and gradually redundant display of the death-worship phenomenon a la Heath Ledger and The Dark Knight.
And maybe why I'm only watching this Robin Williams movie in the first place...and odd how Robin died by suicide as well.
Most importantly, as a comedy, this wasn't funny enough.
Normally I'm not much for modern-day Robin Williams but it doesn't take long to figure out that this is not a normal film. Here, Williams gives the kind of remarkably restrained, thoughtful and sympathetic performance that I love to see comedians surprise me with. The film itself is smartly written and well worth a watch.
While this film ultimately falls flat, it's dark approach, and spot-on performance from Williams help to elevate it. Goldthwait has directed better films, and this feels almost like a TV effort, as opposed to a feature, but the ideas presented regarding death and celebrity, are really funny when confronted by the cast of characters in this story.
Perhaps this isn't a great movie, and it might be uncomfortable after Williams' death by suicide, but it's worth watching, and it's good for a few laughs.
This film got my attention after Robin Williams' death last year as a great example of his more recent work, particularly given the subject matter and its relation to his own suicide. I'll admit that I wasn't able to shake that knowledge while watching the film, but that's not what stayed with me. What resonated with me was the way that people in the film responded to Kyle's death, and how they only wanted to know him when presented with a version of him that was palatable. It's not really removed at all from the way people tend to treat someone after they die, particularly people who are (justly or not) treated poorly by society. And Williams' performance is great; it's actually pretty damn devastating in parts, and it's what makes the connection to his own suicide hard to shake.
The first half is very funny and clever. After the brutal climax, it all comes crashing down. I love Bobcat, but I wish this was a better movie.
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