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World's Greatest Dad
World's Greatest Dad
Actors: Robin Williams, Daryl Sabara, Alexie Gilmore
Director: Bobcat Goldthwait
Genres: Indie & Art House, Comedy, Drama
R     2009     1hr 39min

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 an unpopular high school poetry teacher.  His only son Kyle (Daryl S...  more »


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Actors: Robin Williams, Daryl Sabara, Alexie Gilmore
Director: Bobcat Goldthwait
Genres: Indie & Art House, Comedy, Drama
Sub-Genres: Indie & Art House, Robin Williams, Drama
Studio: Magnolia Home Entertainment
Format: DVD - Color,Widescreen - Closed-captioned
DVD Release Date: 12/08/2009
Original Release Date: 01/01/2009
Theatrical Release Date: 01/01/2009
Release Year: 2009
Run Time: 1hr 39min
Screens: Color,Widescreen
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 1
MPAA Rating: R (Restricted)
Languages: English

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Member Movie Reviews

Reviewed on 10/19/2014...
This is a film that will not appeal to everyone, but to the people it is intended for, it will be a real hoot. It's a decidedly ribald film for adults heaped with plenty of dry and scathing humour about society and humanity and their worst points. If you have ever shaken your head sadly and wondered how some people manage to walk down the street without falling over, this film is for you. Hypocrisy, stupidity, herd-mentality, insincerity, and conformity are all lanced like the ugly boils they are and allowed to drip everywhere for your edification. This is a film where you will be rejoicing internally to see one of the main characters bite the dust, so it is not for those with delicate sensibilities.

Briefly, this is a dark, distasteful, and occasionally creepy film that manages to be hilarious to those who appreciate such things. At this point you probably know whether you would like to see this or not, so I will allow you to return to browsing the page.
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Movie Reviews

Refreshing, Non-Hollywood surprise
A. Stryker | Washington, DC | 08/05/2009
(4 out of 5 stars)

"If you are looking for the typical Hollywood, predictable, cliched, played-out comedy-drama--then this is not for you! I feel it was an artistic attempt to analyze some very disturbing trends in our society and bring them to light in a dark comedy. You will recognize some of the troubling shifts our society has undergone in the last two decades, especially if you are an educator or care at all about our young people. It also has a lot to say about how we as a nation no longer have a genuine closeness to each other, little true togetherness and far little intimacy with our friends, families and partners.

You may think am I am over analyzing or being too deep but comedy is really just an exaggerated tragedy. That's what this film is. It gets the audience to look at some of our cultural weaknesses such as narcissism, superficiality, opportunism, objectification, permissiveness, etc.

Not readily evident, it also explores the ramifications of too many years of "corporatizing" our society--how it's affected the way our schools treat people. As well the corporation has affected how we place value on each other as people.

I know that was a long review, but if you appreciate intelligent comedies this one gets at least a B+."
Not a chick flick for sure!
G. Meyers | Washington, DC United States | 02/13/2010
(5 out of 5 stars)

"It amazes me how so many people with the 1 star reviews just want to, no expect to see Robin Williams in just funny slapstick comedies. His performance is right up there with "The Fisher King" yet even darker. Spoiler alert: Dad becomes famous from his dumb ass kid's death from autoerotic asphyxiation. Okay now you know what to expect. So don't rent or buy this film unless you're ready for a extremely dark comedy and I couldn't think of anyone better to pull this off than Robin."
A VERY Dark, but Funny Film
vitajex | Mpls., MN | 12/10/2009
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Bob Goldthwait directs this very dark comedy about a divorced struggling writer (Williams) who lives with his 15 year old son, Kyle- who is a vulgar, oversexed, ignorant, raging jerk, with no redeeming qualities. When Kyle accidentally kills himself during an over-frenzied session of auto-erotic asphyxiation, Williams cleans the scene to hide the true, shameful nature of his son's demise, complete with a suicide note to support the claim. When the school newspaper publishes the fake suicide note, it becomes something of a sensation, a call-to-arms for all lonely self-doubters. An argument could be had as to whether Williams continues the charade (producing a thoughtful, soulful 'secret' journal his son had kept) for his own egotistical desire to have his work appreciated by an audience, or whether he is comforted to have others share his grief, even when their grief is for an ideal that never truly existed. Either way, Williams initially revels in the pathos and attention lavished on him, but soon sees the myth that he created grow far too big for anyone's good.
Robin Williams' performance is strong- reserved and permeated with a quiet sense of desperate neediness, very much like his characters in 'One Hour Photo' and 'Final Cut'. When not bouncing around the screen and channeling annoying voices or characters, Williams can be an extremely sympathetic actor.
I do want to point out that there is a rather lengthy montage sequence that attempts to convey character's visions of Kyle that does not work, as it loses focus quickly, leaving a series of pointless shots of a semi-transparent Kyle standing next to other characters, resulting in what feels like a bad music video. And for the length of this montage, the film seems to stop dead.
With that said, the film is admirable for its original story and the intelligent handling of subject matter that could EASILY have veered past edgy and entered tasteless."