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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 --
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 a 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…
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. While this isn't the greatest concept ever for a movie, it's not bad, and the script takes advantage of it in a really clever way that I won't go in to, but 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…
"World's Greatest Dad" is a film that could have gone so wrong so easily. Thankfully, Bobcat Goldthwait's pitch-perfect script is so assured and accomplished. It's equal parts satirical and human. Robin Williams also brings an emotional center to the film in one of his best performances.
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!),…
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A touching black comedy.
Robin Williams has always been able to balance comedy and drama in a film. Sometimes he can even do it delivering a single line.
I love what Bobcat is saying here.
Everyone dies and but not everyone is a wonderful human being.
Not everyone is misunderstood.
World's Greatest Dad exposes the myths we create once someone dies.
I've been trying to think of reasons to give this a lower rating, but I can't think of any. This is just a fantastic film, it shows that Bobcat Goldthwait is a really capable director. It also helps that there's a fantastic script behind this, with a great message as well. Robin Williams is so fucking good in this role, but the scene stealer is Daryl Sabara (the kid from Spy Kids!), who's hilarious as Robin Williams teenage son. Underrated, best watched without knowing too much about it (all you need is the Letterboxd description, don't read the Netflix one)
The best scenes by far are the ones in poetry class. Stay black y'all.
I think a little more back story is necessary. What happened between Kyle's parents? Was he always such an asshole? I also didn't like the subplots involving Andrew and Claire. There were some really good moments, but a lot missing. Still a good use of my time, though, and I'll recommend it to others.
The twist in this high school dramedy about loneliness, alienation, and cynicism stifling aspirations to really be someone is that the main character is an adult. Robin Williams (yeah, his character has a name that isn't Robin Williams, but it's not like we're gonna get lost in the illusion) is a single father and aspiring novelist whose day job is high school English teacher. This is a good twist, and the movie has some genuinely funny and insightful observations about 21st century teenagers and the generation gap between them and their parents. But it's not as dark or as penetrating as it seems. Which is probably an unfair criticism, but I expect a lot whenever Robin Williams turns off the antics and really acts. Great performance, but the film settles for just being funny.
Esperaba algo completamente distinto a lo que vi. Me sorprendió gratamente, Robin Williams esta genial. Es una historia bastante particular, que te saca varias carcajadas. Aunque tiene sus detalles ya que puede llegar a ser repetitivo por momentos, pero en general esta buena.
A truly fantastic work from one of the brightest minds of the comedic genre, who with this installment, cements his place as a writer and director as well.
See that poster? Fuck that poster. It's probably one of the worst posters I've ever seen in terms of representing the full product. You would look at that and assume it's a quirky family comedy starring Robin Williams and The Rock or some stupid bullshit like that. Though this movie does feature Robin Williams, it is anything but the previously mentioned.
I went into this movie without any promotional material, it was just a random watch on Netflix but good Lord was I fortunate to have clicked on this movie. I'm not sure how it's marketed (though the poster is giving me a sickening idea), but to stay safe, there's no way I can talk about this movie without spoiling…
I spent much of the film in the opinion that this was average: A collection of odd or hackneyed moments and irritating characters brought together by a stellar (And it is absolutely brilliant) performance from Robin Williams. However, as the film goes on, the odd, the hackneyed and the irritating (Sergio Leone's least successful film) begin to tie together and come out as interesting points, scenes and statements. Plus Robin Williams puts in one of the performances of his career. It's going to sound funny, but World's Greatest Dad is a far better film than it is.
Hated it the first time I watched it, liked it well enough the second.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
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