World's Greatest Dad

2009

World's Greatest Dad

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World's Greatest Dad is a risky, deadpan, dark comedy that effectively explores the nature of posthumous cults of celebrity.

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"World's Greatest Dad" is a story about a man that learns the things you want most may not be the things that make you happy and that being lonely is not necessarily the same as being alone. Lance Clayton is 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 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.

Cast

Robin Williams
as Lance Clayton
Daryl Sabara
as Kyle Clayton
Geoffrey Pierson
as Principal Anderson
Tom Kenny
as Jerry Klein
Henry Simmons
as Mike Lane
Toby Huss
as Bert Green
Dan Spencer
as Dan Spencer
Ellie Jameson
as Jennifer
Alles Mist
as Metal Kid
Rebecca Erwin Spencer
as Nosy Neighbor
Cheri Minns
as Nosy Neighbor
Zazu
as Nosy Neighbor
Tony V.
as Dr. Pentola
Krist Novoselic
as Newsstand Vendor
Mabel Mae
as Mabel
Zoé
as The Fighting Pug
Jill Talley
as Make-Up Woman
Deborah Horne
as Dr. Dana
Riley Dean Stone
as Bruce Hornsby's Mic Stand
Bruce Hornsby
as Bruce Hornsby
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  • Aug 14, 2014
    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. "World's Greatest Dad" is a very well-made picture with some brutally honest moments and a fantastic performance by Robin Williams, but you may or may not like some of the filmmaking choices present here. Overall, it is a very good film that I have many issues with.
    KJ P Super Reviewer
  • Aug 14, 2014
    From writer/director Bobcat Goldthwait comes the dark satire World's Greatest Dad. 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, 2014
    "I use to think the worse thing in life was to end up all alone. It's not. The worse thing in life is ending up with people who make you feel like your alone." A dark and twisted comedy. It isn't for everyone. It's inappropriate, sad, twisted and liberating at the same time. I guess in a way it's kind of brilliant how it portrays several layers of emotion. That said, I almost couldn't deal with the first part of the movie, the inappropiate parts made me sick to my stomach, guess it was important for shock factors, but it just doesn't cut it for me. After you go through that part, then yeah, that's a movie, but that part was too much for me, I was way too close of turning my tv off.
    Andreia C Super Reviewer
  • Dec 28, 2012
    World's Greatest Dad is bizarre, depressing and has a disappointing payoff, but it's also strangely heartfelt and funny in an odd, offbeat way.
    Isaac H Super Reviewer

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