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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 --
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…
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.
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.
I've been indulging in a slight amount of whiskey tonight which I'm sure exaggerates my enthusiasm to some degree. But a movie that leaves me cackling and drowning in tears for long periods on end surely deserves a bit of a write up.
This has left me overjoyed. The absolute absurdity of this entire film when placed next to my own depressed indulgences had me dying throughout in the best of ways. I am genuinely interested in how others' reactions to this movie are (particularly those who don't delve into the suicidal realms every once in a while). Dear lord, this has left me overjoyed in the most wonderfully strange way. I obviously adored it, and while I doubt that any other films will affect me in quite the same way, that's somehow ok.
Please watch this movie.
Principal: "Hardly anybody went to the funeral, I felt bad, I should have gone."
Therapist: "Don't blame yourself, it was a weekday."
When I first saw the title and poster for this movie, I expected it to be a terrible family comedy. I will never judge a movie based on its title or poster again. This movie is shockingly good. It's really funny and edgy while also having something to say and a lot of heart.
(Original review outdated, re-evaluation required at later date)
Bobcat Goldthwait's mind is certainly a dark and mysterious one. His comedy World's Greatest Dad, is one of the most difficult Williams movie to watch in the wake of his death, considering it's suicidal themes. But the truth is, this is probably the best black-humour movie I've seen in a long time.
Single father, high-school teacher and amateur writer, Lance Clayton (Robin Williams) consistently has his novels rejected from publishers. He's involved with a much younger, more attractive teacher, Claire (Alexie Gilmore) whom he is paranoid might be cheating on him, and on top of that he has a difficult to deal with, "douchebag" of a son, Kyle (Daryl Sabara) that is an underachiever, constantly getting into fights and has…
This is quite possibly the absolute most depressing thing I've seen in my entire life. Between not wanting to go into spoiler territory, as well as just simply not having the words to express it in detail, I can only say "Wow" or "holy fucking shit".
The performance of Robin Williams was really, really great. You can't have drama without comedy, and who better to deliver such an incredible dramatic performance as the man who's seen as the living embodiment of comedy by an entire generation of people?
The direction is really all that's keeping me from going higher than 4 stars. If this were directed by Martin Scorsese, I think this could be a 5 star all time classic.…
Vulgar, amusing, & dark twist on the tiresome Inspiring Teacher Man movie.
A stunning film about how we beatify and exploit the dead
Watching this for the first time in the wake of Robin's suicide was more than a bit unsettling.. overall a pretty effective black comedy that often left me uncertain whether I should be laughing or grimacing. Perhaps a little of both is most appropriate.