Because fragile masculinity and stuff.
Scenes where men loudly crying are played for "jokes" (a lá Adam Sandler) will not…
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.
A pretty nasty, dark satire - at least until the ending throws it all away.
I wouldn't want anybody to know my kid died from erotic asphyxiation either tbh.
Despite his ability, Robin William’s certainly has a habit of picking bad movies to star in, but if you were to dismiss this as your mediocre run-of-the-mill comedy that Robin Williams somehow ending up starring in, you will miss out. Hilariously dark and satirizing, it pokes fun at the fickleness of high school kids, and how our culture romanticizes anything tragic. It uses dark themes like suicide very well, and many times you’ll laugh yet feel a great sense of sadness at the same time. An intelligent thought-provoking dark comedy.
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Any movie whose main argument is that many of the dead we mythologize were selfish douchebags I would love regardless of whether it was great, which this movie is.
When viewing dark comedies, you find yourself laughing at certain scernarios you would not normally laugh at like war or death. World’s Greastest Dad brings you to the same point of discomfort.
Robin Williams plays Lance Clayton, a school teacher by day, failed novelist by night, with son Kyle (Daryl Sabara) that puts to shame the most sexist teen you may have known from high school. Williams is not respected by the principle, the staff, or the students, all while teetering on a relationship with fellow teacher, Claire (Morgan Murphy), making him the downtrodden, cynical Williams we all know and love.
Daryl Sabara’s performance is by far the holding point of the film, cussing at girls in the hallways (“…
Hey, Daryl Sabara's last dad was Antonio Banderas as a super-spy, so Robin Williams has some serious shoes to fill if he's going to earn this titular title. Needless to say, the title is as sarcastic as one might expect from a Bobcat Goldthwait, because as a high school English teacher who failed to be successful even as a writer, this dude can't possibly be the greatest at anything. Now, his teenager is some bum, aggressively deviant porn addict who can only get attention through a creepy act gone terribly, terribly wrong. Well, it could have gone more wrong for his father, who is finally getting his name out there by re-staging an embarrassment to play into the wonderfully profitable…
A solid film with an extremely impressive, dramatic performance by Williams.
This movie is really one that is hard for me to rate. It had some things I liked and some things i didn't like.
The things I liked...Robin Williams once again delivers a decent performance as a Dad to a 15 year old boy who is trying his best to raise his son. It is never explained where the mom is in this situation but it doesn't really matter. The young boy at times is really funny and quick witted. The side characters were good with thee girlfriend, the hip writing teacher, and the principal of the school.
The things I didn't like. Halfway through the movie the son dies from suffocating while masturbating. Robyn Williams sets it up to…
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