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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 --
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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.
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 scathing critique on modern culture's tendency to put people up on a pedestal without truly understanding who they are. I like how it shows that people don't really care about who a celebrity really is, and we form opinions of them personally just by the fragmented snippets we're fed through the media.
It's always better when there is an interesting message behind the laughter.
Oh god. I saw Robin Williams' junk. I'll never be the same.
I guess I should say something about the movie, too… At first I thought I was watching an original dark comedy, but it's really more of a "guy fools everyone and then feels guilty about it" kind of movie. Even though I can't name a lot of films like that off the top of my head, I know they exist because the storyline felt all too familiar and I saw the ending a mile away.
Daryl Sebara's performance was damn near unwatchable. I don't know if that's attributable to how horrible the character is, or if he's just a really untalented actor,…
Surprisingly heartfelt and surprisingly funny, I enjoyed World's Greatest Dad.
I really liked the dark humor, and Robin Williams' quiet loser character worked here and wasn't too annoying. Overall, there's something a little off - a little too long? Wrapped up too nicely? A bit heavy-handed? - but there's an honesty that I really appreciated.
I'm not super familiar with Bobcat Goldthwait's work, his characters or his acting. In fact, the first I heard of him was on WTF, which was a great ep. (He's also been doing a little of the publicity circuit for God Bless America, so I've been hearing him more recently on other podcasts as well.) Anyway, I think he's really funny.
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!),…
Solid dark comedy, doesn't go as far as it might have but a very nice little film
Dark, funny, moving, at times worthy of a 4 star rating, but just loses out
This is big middle finger to society. I love this movie.
As I watched this, I thought I really didn't like it. It seemed disjointed, and I found virtually all the characters unlikeable or positively annoying. I cannot fault the movie on the acting, sound design or cinematography though, the problem I have is with the dialogue/story mechanics.
However, by the end, I did find much of the imagery stuck with me, along with the mood. Bits of it still annoy me, such as some of the characters and character dynamics seeming pointless with respect to the movie (for example, the girlfriend Ginger - who obviously had maturity/daddy issues, but to what point?), but it seemed there were 3 characters I did like, and 1 performance I greatly respected. The 3…
The key to the film's biggest laughs is the resounding hollowness of every peripheral character. Even while it builds at first as an bleakly affectionate character study, it is shifting into uncanny high satire, and it is hard not to identify with every fine point of Goldthwait's portrayal of a thoroughly shallow society whose search for prophets and leaders results in artificial figures of nobility, something that hasn't been done this acutely well since Alexander Payne's Election or South Park.
Not very good. Pretty unrealistic.
Dark for sure, but the grim plot weaves well with the comedy. Robin Williams delivers an excellent performance, perhaps one of his best.
You know you should always give Robin Williams a go, no matter what, right? I thought the plot was actually a bit refreshing, definitely nothing you would see around but it failed to impress me.
Lance Clayton is a teacher who has been trying to become a writer for years, but all of his works have bene rejected by various publishers. He reluctantly teaches poetry at a local private school where his 15 year old son Kyle also attends. His son is spoiled, a pervert, and obnoxious, but Lance does his best to raise him the best he can on his own. When Kyle has a tragic 'accident' Lance must decide how he will cope with and handle the situation. His decision could get him the writing prowess he has always wanted or it could backfire on him. I just couldn't really get into the story on this one, but the script and acting are both well done. Make sure you rent this one first and be advised that due to profanity this one is not for children.
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