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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.
Refreshing, unexpected and honest.
Somehow I knew I was going to like a Bobcat movie (this is the first of his that I've seen) - this film hit on lots of emotions and seemed to hit each one of them in an honest way.
I really loved it, but seeing it now (after Williams has passed) adds a difficulty to the viewing. It's really tough to see Robin really digging deep and showing us what he was capable of and at the same time knowing that he's not here to give another of these performances.
From now on, when I think of Williams, I'll be picturing a smiling, naked, hairy guy jumping into a pool with his socks on. :-)
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
A pitch black comedy, it is impossible to view this film in the way it was intended. For anyone who saw the film before August 2014, what comes across is a sharp extremely biting dark satire of the solipsism and hypocrisy that our culture and society value more than concepts like honesty and integrity.
Using taboo subject matter as fodder for some sophisticated explorations of how communities process grief (among other things), the film often hits wildly dissonant notes, but overall tells its story with a methodical logic.
Lance is a failed writer teaching a lackluster poetry class in high school. His 15-year old son, Kyle, is a dumb, stupid foulmouthed idiot, full of hate and spite and contempt for…
Every decade or so Robin Williams has to do something worthwhile. Bobcat Goldthwait continues his string of films about sexual deviance, but it's tempered here by some genuinely moving family dynamics, some insightful satire, and Williams' hilariously shitty teenager. It's that rare black comedy that manages to balance some really bleak material with some legitimate heart; this one deserved more attention.
World's Greatest Dad- An exploit in turbulent storytelling
At times the humanity of "World's Greatest Dad" kicks up to 100mph and masterfully pries into the deep blue manifold of complex emotions affiliated with tragedy, and at other times the film sulks in mediocre storytelling bellied by its prevalent dime store cinematography. Tonally off-beat, this tragicomedy explores how a father (Robin Williams) reconstructs the identity of his snotty adolescent son after the teen dies and Williams covers up the embarrassing cause of death- autoerotic asphyxiation. Williams, having been an unassertive writer that never managed to find an audience, uses the empathetic inertia of personal tragedy to regain bargaining power in his relationships and writing, publishing faux suicide literature under his son's…
A good watch about a Dad under pressure to keep his son's accidental death not as embarrassing and give it more meaning instead.
Not as many laughs as I was expecting, but I still enjoyed this flick very much.
A wonderfully nuanced and restrained performance by Robin Williams and one of his best.
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.
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