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 --
Viewed on Netflix
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.
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.
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,…
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.
Man this is a fucked up little movie. Blunt, sometimes overly so, but funny and, in many ways, necessary. Robin Williams is, as always, an absolute delight.
Auto-erotic asphyxiation and Robin Williams.
Really good dark-comedy. The movie is completely different then the trailer would lead you to believe. Original story, original concept and I always liked the serious version of Robin Williams. Groovy soundtrack to accompany the movie as well.
Nice job by Bobcat Goldthwait. Check it out.
Review from my VOD column "This Week on Demand"
It’s been a quiet few years for Robin Williams, bit parts in family friendly films notwithstanding; it’s an understandable assumption that the comic actor’s largely left the scene, though not entirely a correct one. He’s by far the best thing in World’s Greatest Dad, a film as audacious as director Bobcat Goldthwaite’s equally-ironically-titled effort from last year God Bless America. Here, teen suicide is the central gag, as Williams’ failed-writer father masks the accidental death of his nightmarish teen son as the last act of a hopeless poetic soul. Riddled with issues though the movie may be, never more so than in a deeply troubled final act, Williams gives it his all, resulting in a film that’s largely carried by his commitment alone. Though to say that is to undersell the enormity of the better gags Goldthwaite lands; uneven as it is World’s Greatest Dad is a movie of uncanny allure.
Krist Novoselic's (of Nirvana) short and speechless scene as the newsstand vendor is possibly one of the biggest/best "WTF" cameos in film history.
I always liked Bobcat Goldthwait in the trashy comedies I grew up watching, but I had no idea he had such perversely dark comedy in him. Interesting themes here, even if the whole is somewhat less than the sum of its parts.
The first half was brilliant and hilarious, but the second half didn't quite keep it up. Robin Williams was great in a non-Williams-esque role, and Daryl Sabara was also good. I much preferred the chemistry and interactions between the two than the turn the film took later, although it was still a very good film.
Excellent script. Carefully handled and very touching. One of Williams' good ones.
Risas que duelen como puñaladas, un dardo misántropo que apunta a la incapacidad del ser humano de enfrentarse a la muerte como lo que es y que solo entiende el duelo mediante el exhibicionismo.
Idejiski spēcīga filma. Bet es nespēju noticēt, ka sava bērna nāves gadījumā kāds spētu būt tik ... auksts aprēķinātājs?
Bobcat Goldthwait made a teen suicide picture. (not a spoiler) That ought to tell you what you need to know. Neither quite achieving "dark" nor "comedy," it is still artfully shot in some places. Mostly, though, the wrong execution of the right idea. Best appreciated in a Dead Poet Society / Night Listener sandwich.