Peeping Tom, Night of the Hunter and a whole host of older films were ignored or given bad reviews upon…
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.
I think Bobcat Goldthwait hates society.
[Spoiler Alert: I do spoil the main event in the middle, but so do most of the other reviews as well as the description on IMDB and Netflix. It's damn near impossible to review without doing so but I still thought I should have a warning]
This movie is about two things. Most of the other reviews talk about the scathing indictment of the cult of death. That almost insane veneration of the dead, no matter their crimes in life.
But that is the second half. The first half is actually a study of loneliness. That bone deep certainty that your death would occasion about the same amount of anguish as a pothole. That is where I feel the movie…
Before you go into this movie, just know that it is VERY DARK and some of the humor is in pretty bad taste. Other than that, it's hilarious, dramatic, and downright twisted.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
What was made as a black comedy on parenting, frustrated expectations and the poison of celebrity cultism has grown into something with greater dimension on account of Robin Williams death. It wasn't even chronologically close to his last film, but rightly or wrongly seems to have popularly developed thematic associations with his tragic suicide. I think there's a lot of presumption out there that the relief Williams' Lance Clayton finds in the film's final scenes, removing himself from the willing mendacity of Kyle's (the fabulously execrable Daryl Sabara) acolytes and his own fraudulent exploitation of his son's death, might somehow reflect Robin Williams own desire for distance. Nobody other than his closest would know this, so any assumed parallels from…
Watched with commentary this time. It's all extremely good. Bobcat is still on his pain meds from back surgery but he's still surprisingly on top of things. It has a lot of darkness in retrospect.
We love you Robin
Too soon man, too soon :(
Haphazardly lit and edited, casually sexist, and riddled with plot holes, Bobcat Goldthwait's third feature as writer-director is also some of the most personal American filmmaking to receive a national release this year. Robin Williams (mercifully understated) plays a failed novelist teaching an unpopular high school poetry class. Divorced and lacking the respect of his colleagues, he also has to contend with an antisocial teenage son who's turned into a sexual deviant. The story hinges on a plot twist too many critics have been willing to divulge; less noted is the film's pervasive sense of self-loathing and its credible depiction of quotidian failure that marks so many adult lives. Goldthwait's best stand-up comedy hovered between shock tactics and disarming vulnerability…
I saw this film before Robin Williams unfortunate passing... and could imagine if I watched it now I feel like I would be looking at it differently given the subject matter and all.
The term 'independent movie' doesn't mean anything at this point really, and is certainly not a particular genre. Most of…