Peeping Tom, Night of the Hunter and a whole host of older films were ignored or given bad reviews upon…
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. While this isn't the greatest concept ever for a movie, it's not bad, and the script takes advantage of it in a really clever way that I won't go in to, but 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…
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.
Switching between comedy and drama in all the right subtle spots, "World's Greatest Dad" is a darkly funny and satirical black comedy with a well-written script by director Bobcat Goldthwait that explores many dark themes and opinions, and one of Robin Williams' best and most underrated performances that gives the film an extra punch.
I have always passed this off as one of the bad Robin Williams films, so I never bothered watching it. Yesterday I was in the mood for a light, hit and miss,probably not good comedy, so I put this on. Oh how I was wrong. This film had me tear up at two points. Don't pass this film off, Even if you dislike the director ( God Bless America wasn't that great, but this is)
I seriously wish I had watched this sooner, because this was one of the nicest surprises I've had in a while. And it's a film that shows that Robin Williams really was a brilliant actor.
This is a film that has a very dark subject matter, but goes a head and does something nice with it. Williams character Lance who's son is found dead after a humiliating accident, Lance then tries to cover it up with a phony suicide note. Lance knows that a lot of people didn't like his son, but wants to make people believe that his son was a good person and he didn't mean to be the way he was. This film created so many emotions…
World's Greatest Dad is actually a movie I didn't discover until very recently. In only a few months, I'd say it's become one of my favorite comedies, and it truly is some of the best black comedy I've ever seen. A brilliant performance from Robin Williams, and non-stop funny from beginning to end. An all-around fantastic movie, that's just not very popular for some reason. It seems to be getting more attention, however, now that Robin Williams is deceased, which I suppose is a good thing, but it's unfortunate that that's what it took.
Overall rating: 10/10
World's Greatest Dad finds Robin Williams in one of the best performances of his career. Hilarious at times, deadpan and occasionally dark and sad, World's Greatest Dad is a thoughtful dark comedy that riskily, yet successfully finds humor in subjects that would normally be deemed morbid, and messed up. Definitely underrated, World's Greatest Dad is a unique film that gives insight on troubled teenagers, the unconditional love of parents as well as the impact of posthumous fame, with an ending both hilarious, and satisfying.
A viciously funny dark comedy from writer/director Bobcat Goldthwait, featuring a Robin Williams performance that’s a fine return to edgy form from movies like Death To Smoochy and Good Morning, Vietnam. The premise alone is hilarious, but in a guilty way if you have any sense of decency whatsoever. Williams plays Lance Clayton, a high school poetry teacher and repeatedly failed author whose unbelievably repugnant shit of a son, Kyle (Daryl Sabara), dies one night in an embarrassing masturbatory “accident”. Stricken by grief and mortified at what people will think if they find out the humiliating details (you can probably guess, though I’m not spoiling anything specific…), quick-thinking Lance doctors the crime scene and produces a fake suicide note before…
Yes, another Robin Williams movie! Dark comedy from Bobcat Goldthwait. Robin Williams is a school English teacher who is a bit of a dud, with a horrible, sex-obsessed son and a girlfriend who seems more interested in her "male friend", the other English teacher who is a stud and popular with the kids.
After the movies' dark turn is where this movie really shines. The offbeat critique of how we view someone post-mortem is incisive, hilarious, and true. So often we are seeking happiness for all the wrong reasons, and this movie nails how often we buy into anesthetizing stories or false idols in order to justify what we need to feel loved and inspired.
The end of the movie…
I'm not a terrible person for hoping that kid would die as soon as possible, am I?
Favorite sight gag: that photo.
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- Pulp Fiction
- Fight Club
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