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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.
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.
Man, what a ride. As far as black comedies go, this is probably one of the greater ones I've seen. I'm happy to say that Robin Williams finally won me over with his dadness.
After seeing his piece of shit son accidentally die over a masturbation-related event, I would have thought that the movie would have been more relieving to watch. Instead, we see that people can fall under the disgrace of relating themselves to tragedies and somehow making it about them. As Williams eloquently says towards the end of the movie, "I used to think the worst thing in life was to end up all alone. It's not. The worst thing in life is ending up with people who make you feel all alone."
Robin Williams is Lance Clayton, an unhappy prep school teacher who moonlights as a struggling writer who's been beaten down by life and is constantly reminded of his shortcomings. Not making matters any better is his son Kyle -the mother is nowhere to be seen- a dimwitted and gratuitously offensive pervert, with whom he seemingly has nothing in common with. An incident at the end of the first act gives Lance an opportunity to jump-start his writing career, but at the cost of exploiting a tragedy. Will he be exposed as a fraud or will the weight on his conscience be too much to bear?
Following his death, it's easy to add additional layers of sadness to any of Robin…
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24. A Black Comedy!
I have to imagine this film would have been different before Robin Williams committed suicide. Even so this is a brilliant dark comedy about a dad who decides to cover his son's graphic death up as a suicide and then begins to profit off of his fake suicide note and diary. The humor is so well placed here, never hating its characters but never fully loving them either. Williams gives a stand-out comedic performance here. I am not a huge fan of his acting at times but this is one of his best. The ending doesn't completely work for me and that is why I am not rating this higher.
World's Greatest Dad features Robin Williams as a failed writer and less than popular high school teacher named Lance. He also has a son who is extremely obnoxious and obsessed with porn, which just adds to Lance's frustrating life. But through the course of the film events transpire which change the way people look at him and his son, and it becomes one of those moral tales that challenges the audience to think "What are you willing to pay to get everything you want?" and "If you get everything you want will you truly be happy?" I want to avoid spoiling the inciting incident of the film because I knew going in and thought it took a long time to…
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.
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