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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 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…
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…
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…
Easily one of Williams' better later efforts. A brief review here.
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.
"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.
Still almost perfect.
A great movie, with a wonderfully frustrating performance by Daryl Sabara, but also an absolute bummer given the subject matter.
a guy dies from auto-erotic asphyxiation, his dad makes it look like suicide, and then everyone's lives are improved. I'm skeptical of any movie dealing with suicide as a main plot, and I found this one insufferable.
The finale of Robin Williams diving into a pool to Under Pressure was almost too much to take so soon after losing Robin and Bowie.
There's something about watching a now-dead Robin Williams dive into a pool, while the now-dead David Bowie and a deader-than-dead Freddie Mercury sing "Under Pressure" in the background. I can't quite put my finger on it, but there's something there.
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Parte de una idea bastante abrasiva para levantar una comedía amarga a lo Solondz (tu hijo muere por autoasfixia sexual y lo ocultas de cara a los demás para evitar mayor humillación, convirtiéndole en héroe por el camino), pero Goldthwait es menos severo o hiriente en el tono y, lo malo del asunto, envuelve la historia con una sensibilidad más propia de una sitcom de segunda mano. Además, muestra torpeza en el manejo de las situaciones y, en general, saca mucho menos de la historia de lo que esperaba. Sleeping Dogs Lie parecía que estaba realizada con los pies, pero creo que la sigo prefiriendo a este proyecto hecho con más medios...
Dark, awkward and well played tale about truth and happiness.
Darkly comic tale with a fantastic central performance from Robin Williams (his last great one perhaps), edgy and original this movie goes places others don't dare to tread!
Simple: one of Robin Williams best movie.
Peeping Tom, Night of the Hunter and a whole host of older films were ignored or given bad reviews upon…