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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.
"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.
World’s Greatest Dad is one of those movies that you wouldn’t recommend to a friend for the sole reason of how heavy and depressing the content of the film will make you feel. Even though it’s deemed a comedy, it’s not an easy film to watch, and my heart felt heavy for the majority of its runtime. Robin Williams’ performance is haunting and true to life; it adds so much extra weight to his passing that it becomes even more heartbreaking than it already was. However, the ending feels a bit rushed and the movie never really reaches the climax that it seemed to be leading up to.
Entertaining, with an excellent performance from Williams.
If I'm honest though, I still find Goldthwaite's writing and direction a touch hamfisted at times.
Awkward in places, moving in some, and pretty damn funny in others. Williams' performance, which is perhaps given more weight since his own suicide, is impressive. The ending feels just a tad undeserved.
i could've made it my whole life without seeing robin williams's dick and y'all had to ruin that for me
This is a feel-good indie that feels bad for the middle half. Sure, there are definitely comedic elements to the story, but the fact that this movie is dealing with sexual perversion, aging failure, teen suicide, narcissism, the cult of celebrity, and dysfunctional father-son relationships all in one bundle indicates that this should be anything but humorous. Yet World's Greatest Dad somehow manages to anchor its subject matter, for the most part, through its impressive script and dynamite performances. It's a sweet little movie.
What struck me is how much time is dedicated to the relationship between Robin Williams' Lance Clayton and his troubling son Kyle before the inevitable death that drives the remainder of the plot. A solid half…
Seriously, one of the hardest movies to watch, now. Incredibly dark comedy, and one that just hits home so much more after today. Worth it all for the ending sequence.
"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."
1. I really enjoyed the first 40 minutes of this movie. Basically up until shortly after the time when, you know, "it" happens.
2. In those first 40 minutes or so, I got so sympathetic to Robin's character. His son was such a spoiled piece of shit and his teacher lover was a conceited tramp.
3. After the "incident", however, the movie starts to lose it for me. The script up to that point was already pushing it, but at least it was somewhat…
Williams told Goldthwait "This feels like a beard movie." It might not be up there w/ Fisher King or Moscow on the Hudson, but this flick manages to hit the right notes most of the time.
Robin Williams is outstanding in this. No one else had a lot to do, but he was outstanding.
Very well written
It's a step above a standard comedy movie in terms of direction. There's a lot of great little directorial things you probably wouldn't see in a standard comedy
It's got a great soundtrack. The "Under Pressure" scene was particularly good.
Just an all around great dark comedy
The kid playing Andrew is not a very good actor.
Peeping Tom, Night of the Hunter and a whole host of older films were ignored or given bad reviews upon…