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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 --
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.
A few laughs here and there. A nice soundtrack. Interesting conceit.
Robin Williams plays Lance Clayton, a high school English teacher who dreamed of being a famous writer his whole life, ready to give up writing if his next book fails to get published. His son, Kyle, played by the little boy from the Spy Kids movies, is a grade A douche who is obsessed with fetish porn and eventually dies of auto-erotic asphyxiation. From there Lance plays off Kyle's death as a suicide and the note that Lance writes as Kyle's becomes a sort of literary sensation that Lance is able to ride the wave of.
The content of the film alone makes it hard to laugh at, even…
Hahaha! Yeah, good luck having your midlife crisis with MY wishy-washy, passive-aggressive, emotionally phobic generation. Mostly, this was just depressing and not funny-depressing. Though I loved God Bless America. I didn't really get any laugh out loud moments with this one though (with the exception of his one sided 'relationship' with that awful teacher).
Robin Williams is terrific in this pitch-black comedy. Who knew Bobcat Goldthwait had this kind of movie in him?
When Robin Williams died. A lot of people were talking about his body of work and I'd heard this movie mentioned several times. I got interested and finally got around to checking it out. Unfortunately, I wasn't able to see it under optimal conditions. I ended up watching it in 20 minute chunks on different days. It was the best I could do. I'm glad I saw it. It's a good little film. ...not great but good. I'm starting to appreciate Bobcat Goldthwait. A few years ago, I also saw "God Bless America" which I also thought was good. Looks like next will be "Willow Creek". Anyway, I'm giving this a 6 outta 10.
Basically my high school experience.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
This was a significantly clever movie satire that is perhaps too dark for most to stand. To say the least, the premise alone will dispel the film's major hopes of finding an audience with its sardonic, yet strongly mean spirited outlook over the idea that death can influence our perspectives on people. However, thanks in part to Goldthwait's direction and Robin Williams direction, the film really works as a whole and allows its audience to accept the dark comedy, no matter how bleak it gets.
The premise involves an unpopular teacher at a high school/hopeful writer who has a strained and painfully awkward relationship with his son, played by Daryl Sabera (the small kid from the Spy Kids). Said son…
Talvez o último grande trabalho do finado Robin Williams, um filme muito interessante que passou quase que despercebido por aqui, recebi a indicação desse filme por um amigo cinéfilo e ao conferir vi que Robin Williams ainda tinha lenha pra queimar, um ator que infelizmente não teve grandes papéis nos últimos anos de vida.
No! not the Robin Williams movie I wanted to watch.
The movie revolves around a father and a son, and how the death of the latter(accidental-death-turned-into-suicide) is being turned to suit the convenience, purpose of the former. Although the movie intends to make one laugh, it fails in it half-way through. The first half is full of swearing by the son, and the second half is full of lies created by the father.
I can't help myself comparing the English teacher in 'Dead Poet's society' with the English teacher in 'World's Greatest Dad', and I found how incomplete Robin looked in this movie. Although, the movie wants to show how every man becomes a good man after his death, it fails in it's screen play to convey it.
World's greatest dad is supposedly not the greatest dad as it purports to be.
Original review published here: www.yakfilm.com/worlds-greatest-dad-2/
It might be hard to find the laughs, though if American Psycho is your Blazing Saddles then you just might. Williams, as has become more frequent in his latter career choices is playing it straight, think more of the Williams from One Hour Photo or Insomnia, this is not Mrs Doubtfire. Williams’ Lance is in almost every scene and everything that works, works because of him. Lance is a pushover; he lets his son talk back to him and doesn’t stand up for himself at work, though Williams’ performance prevents him from becoming pathetic. Williams’ Lance is a hopeless yet sympathetic figure; his perceived apathy is just the easiest way to get by and helps…
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