The particular stew of midlife and pubescent despair that clogs a single-father male-child household has rarely been achieved so well. San Francisco Chronicle - Amy Biancolli. After leading the audience into some very inky satire, Goldthwait backs off. Variety - Dennis Harvey.
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The picture wobbles a bit before emerging a successful low-key satire of literary fraud and morbid personality cults. Christian Science Monitor - Peter Rainer. At around the halfway point the film takes an intriguing swerve, as Kyle is canonized and Lance is unexpectedly launched into celebrityhood. Flashes of deadpan outrageousness occasionally redeem the dourness. Boston Globe - Wesley Morris. It takes a while for the movie to build to its wicked possibilities and only a few scenes to squander them.
Austin Chronicle - Marjorie Baumgarten. Ultimately offers some ironic amusement but wallows too long in the sins of its father. User Score. Write a Review. User Reviews. This is a sad, sad film, but it is also hilarious! It is an extremely dark and cynical comedy that will make you feel almost depressed, but laugh at the same time. It is a hard feeling to explain, but I felt it.
A lot of people will feel like this isn't a comedy in any way, but it is This is a sad, sad film, but it is also hilarious! A lot of people will feel like this isn't a comedy in any way, but it is actually really funny, although horribly dark and demented. The mainstream will certainly hate this movie because it's too unsettling and too sad, but, as of now, it is my favorite Robin Williams film. If you don't like any of the following topics in your comedy, then don't watch this one: -suicide -death of child by strangulation -perversion -grief I just watched the "World's Greatest Dad".
This a black comedy movie, however the ending ruined the whole black comedy aspect of the theme. I felt that the whole movie was literary flushed down the toilet when it turned degrees into a "black hole of I just watched the "World's Greatest Dad". I felt that the whole movie was literary flushed down the toilet when it turned degrees into a "black hole of nonsensical disparity". Respectfully submitted and thank you. StevenF Mar 17, Many would say that World's Greatest Dad has quite a misleading title, but this couldn't be further from the truth, perfectly summing up a dangerously funny film that pushes the boundaries of comedy, but also how us human beings may deal when tragedy strikes under the most unexplainable of Many would say that World's Greatest Dad has quite a misleading title, but this couldn't be further from the truth, perfectly summing up a dangerously funny film that pushes the boundaries of comedy, but also how us human beings may deal when tragedy strikes under the most unexplainable of circumstances.
Lance Clayton Robin Williams plays a down on his luck high school english teacher who aspires to become a famous writer, as he has yet to sell any of his work. He is father to a very unruly and under-acheiving son, Kyle Daryl Sabara , who doesn't appreciate or show any love towards his father, but Lance seems to just let it pass him by, along with a very non committed relationship with fellow teacher Claire Alexie Gilmore. But just when Lance seems to make a breakthrough with his arrogant son, an embarrassing yet equally tragic occurrence befalls Lance that soon changes his life forever, but not in the most common and expectant of circumstances.
The following story continues in a very surreal and awkwardly brilliant manner, one which director Bobcat Goldthwaite has utilised to the its fullest advantage, combining awkward confrontations with a black comedy script, all based on a lie. Robin Williams puts in a dramatically grounded and excellent performance as the dad who is just along for the ride, until his guilt gets the better of him, which is perhaps where the film started to slightly unravel.
His continuing lie to the people surrounding him becomes monstrous, to the point were he can only sit back and watch what he has created. Daryl Sabara also steps out of his comfort zone as a teen action hero to be, well most average teens in our current generation, spoilt and ignorant to the point of disbelief, and he plays the part very well. The film tests the emotional depth of the human psyche, and to what lengths we might go under pressure to cover up or even grieve for the loss of family or friends. What truly sets the film apart is really the almost realistic nature of the events, as they happen now in our very society.
World's Greatest Dad plays out basically to tap and prod at the basis of humans and how they capitalise on the opportunities of death. To what heights does hypocrisy and two-faced lying go? The dialogue is sharp, the humour dark.
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The moral compass is spinning wildly, but it straightens up for us in the end. There is a quote at the end of the movie that really struck a chord with me. The worst thing is ending up with people who make you feel all alone. Enjoy a night in with these popular movies available to stream now with Prime Video.
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World's Greatest Dad
When his son's body is found in a humiliating accident, a lonely high school teacher inadvertently attracts an overwhelming amount of community and media attention after covering up the truth with a phony suicide note. 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 is an insufferable jackass who won't give his father the time of day.
He is dating Claire, the school's adorable art teacher, but she doesn't want to get serious -- or even acknowledge publicly that they are dating. Then, in the wake of a freak accident, Lance suffers the worst tragedy and greatest opportunity of his life. He is suddenly faced with the possibility of all the fame, fortune and popularity he ever dreamed of, if he can only live with the knowledge of how he got there. Comedy , Drama. Bobcat Goldthwait. Dec 8, Magnolia Pictures.
World's Greatest Dad - Premieres on VOD July 24th and In Theatres August 21st
Robin Williams as Lance Clayton. Daryl Sabara as Kyle Clayton. Alexie Gilmore as Claire. Geoffrey Pierson as Principal Anderson. Tom Kenny as Jerry Klein. Henry Simmons as Mike Lane. Toby Huss as Bert Green. Morgan Murphy as Morgan.
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Five Favorite Films with Bobcat Goldthwait. Sep 21, Rating: B Full Review…. Aug 11, Rating: 3. Jun 30, Full Review…. View All Critic Reviews Aug 14, Dark, weird, and almost impossible to watch at times, "World's Greatest Dad" goes through comedy, heartbreak, and overcoming loss and it does it so fast you have to be ready to switch your mood off and on as the movie goes along.
I was not a huge fan of how they used all of these themes throughout the film. I was taken out of this film in many scenes, mainly due to the fact that I had no idea any of these things were explored in this movie. It is very hard not to spoil this film by talking about the plot, so I will keep this review very simple. Overall, it is a very good film that I have many issues with. KJ P Super Reviewer. When his son dies in a freak accident Lance Clayton tries to preserve his son's dignity by staging a suicide, but when the suicide note gets leaked and becomes a source of inspiration to others Clayton gets caught up in an ever increasing web of lies to prevent the truth from coming out.
Robin Williams leads the cast and gives a fairly strong performance. And, the writing does an effective job at making Clayton's situation sympathetic and showing how his good intentions turn on him. However, the film goes a little out of its way to make Clayton's son reprehensible, and a lot of the characters are one-dimensional. Though it doesn't completely work, World's Greatest Dad explores some provocative issues in an interesting way.
Dann M Super Reviewer. Aug 13, It's not.