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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…
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.
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!),…
Black comedy at its finest.
Good reminder to keep it real.
Bobcat Goldthwait has put together a decent film here, and Williams as always does the best with the material. In this, he discovers his son has accidentally killed himself in an embarrassing situation, and covers it up to make it look like a straight suicide. As a struggling writer, Williams is convincing, and finds that writing a fake suicide note transforms the entire school he works in, both teachers and students. It’s noticeably low budget, but that doesn't lessen the film’s impact. I wouldn't recommend it unless you're a fan of Williams. It has an interesting enough plot, but other than that, it doesn't bring anything new to the table dramatically, and doesn't want to be a dark comedy either (which was a smart move). But it's definitely one of Williams’ better performances - he gets to bring a lot of range here.
The story of a father desperate for success and recognition piggybacking off the accidental death of his asshole son is certainly a novel idea, ripe with controversy and taboo situations, but I'm not sure that World's Greatest Dad ever hits said idea's full potential. It's strange to say, but it almost feels too sincere at times, especially during the latter half of the film, and it sort of lacks the bite that the premise promises. The general aura of the whole film just feels muted, from the casting to the editing to the cinematography, and I'm not quite sure whether or not it's intentional. The saving grace here is Robin Williams, putting in a great performance as a father who's…
A little while after Robin Williams passed away, a friend told me he'd seen this movie and that it was well worth watching. I couldn't remember the last time I saw a Williams movie... maybe One Hour Photo? I was a fan of the man during the 70's (Mork and Mindy on TV), the 80's movies, and I guess the early 90's, too. But he was so hit and miss, and totally repeating himself that his shtick was wearing thin for me. I skipped nearly all of his later movies, other than Mrs. Doubtfire and The Birdcage.
World's Greatest Dad lived up to that recommendation. Extremely funny in a very dark way. Clever and nasty. Thoughtful and thought-provoking. And I wonder at the subject matter and how Williams eventually took his own life. Hm.
A very enjoyable movie.... certainly better than any Night at the Museum junk, I'm sure.
A great performance by the late great Mr Williams.
A black comedy about hypocrisy, sees failed writer and unpopular teacher Williams covering up the circumstances surrounding his son's suicide with surprisingly ironic results. Intelligent, well written, but a tad on the stressful, unpleasant side.
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…
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