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World's Greatest Dad [DVD] [2009] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

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  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: R (Restricted) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Magnolia Pict Ent
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002PI1NRO
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 197,832 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Williams/Sabara/Gilmore ~ World's Greatest Dad

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4.1 out of 5 stars

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Mr. J. Ryden on 22 Jan. 2013
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Kyle is an obnoxious teenager. Not in the 'troubled soul struggling to find himself' obnoxious but in the sense that he totally without redeeming features. His favourite past-times are masturbating, thinking about masturbating, obtaining material for said hobby, and treating his father (Lance) with a complete lack of respect. Robin Williams plays Lance who spends his days alternating between being a failed writer, trying to make allowances for his wayward son, and a teacher whom secures little respect. Lance's only respite from his drudgery is his love-interest with a colleague, clearly punching above his weight.

All this changes when Kyle meets a sticky end after a auto-erotic asphyxiation attempt cuts short his shallow life. Apparently to avoid the ignominy of having his son found like this Lance makes the death look like a suicide, complete with profound goodbye note hinting at a deeper despair hidden from his peers. This decision then has a domino effect on Lance. Kyle's school comes together in united grief, students and staff alike eulogising this talented and promising alumni cut down in his prime. From there of course, Lance's lies spiral out of control gaining a momentum of their own as you just know this can't end well.

What worked well about World's Greatest Dad (irony of the title not lost) is that most of the cast are no better than Kyle; rather, at least Kyle didn't pretend to be anything other than obnoxious. It's almost a moral parable, what motivates people (although superficially altruistic or noble) is often borne out of self-interest; 'what can I get out of this situation?'. Also that somehow death magically confered the deceased with attributes that were never there in the first place; all wrongdoing cleansed.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By J. Morris TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 9 Nov. 2010
Format: DVD
The World's Greatest Dad is the story of Lance Clayton (Robin Williams), a high-school teacher who struggles to maintain his relationship with his difficult teenage-son, Kyle. When his son dies as a result of auto-erotic asphyxiationa (Look it up if you really want to know...), Lance takes it upon himself to rescue his son's dignity, making it look like suicide and writes a note to explain. However the note's poignancy and imagery make people ask questions about who Kyle was and how he was such a good writer. As life gets better and better for Lance, he is faced with difficult decisions whether to keep riding his son's coat-tails or to admit to the world that he writes all of Kyle's post-humous releases...

An extremely morbid and disturbing subject about the loss of a family member, Williams somehow manages to make this palatable in his disarmingly candid acting-style. As charity, attention and sympathy means that he is suddenly catapulted into the centre of his insular world, Lance Clayton actually enjoys his life more after the passing of his son, who was "kind of a douche" anyhow. This is a fairly abhorrent notion that a parent would prefer their offspring being dead than alive but hence the intrigue of the film. Evan Martin plays Kyle's only friend, Andrew, who is highly suspicious of the 'new' Kyle the world is becoming fad-obsessed with.

There is a love-interest for Williams's character which provides some light-relief to an otherwise rather weighty film (the initial discovery of his son will have you close to tears if not bawling) and the interaction between some of the people will ring true to experiences you may have already had.

Extra content: There is an audio commentary and making of featurette, plus the usual suite of deleted scenes and outtakes.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By alda on 3 Dec. 2012
Format: DVD
World's Greatest Dad is a film that weighs on you, taking the stuff of fiction and unloading it on you as real drama. It was pretty heavy stuff. Not your typical dark humor, and not a comedy.

Daryl Sabara as Kyle is an obnoxious little perv going through college shunned by everyone except one of his classmates. Robin Williams as Kyle's father, Lance, is a complex character, trying to make the most of what life offered him. He teaches a poetry class at the high school Kyle goes to, and does it with modest success, as not too many kids attend the class and the ones they do don't really pay attention to what he's trying to teach them.

When his son dies in a freak accident, Kyle decides to change his son's past and his own life around. He gets a lot of sympathy from the kids who all of a sudden develop a huge interest in Kyle and make him their hero the way only teenagers can do. Lance enjoys the attention and thinks he can finally get to teach these students a few things. You watch as the story keeps changing in terms of emotions expressed and relationships forged, and what the truths are made out to be, and keep waiting to see what happens in the end. And the end is really spot-on.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Albatross on 24 Jun. 2012
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`The World's Greatest Dad.' Hardly the world's greatest title to a film and, in my opinion, misleading.

The front cover shows cuddly, lovable Robin Williams and in most of the film's descriptions, we're told it's a `comedy.' Fair enough, we think and go on to expect some happy-go-lucky, silly, daft, frivolous, slapstick affair, possibly on a par with something like American Pie, or Mrs Doubtfire.

Wrong.

The World's Greatest Dad is more at home among Robin William's other film One Hour Photo. Yes, there are moments of humour, but they are surrounded by a great deal of tragedy. In the film, Robin Williams' son accidentally kills himself (I won't say how - you'll have to find out) in an embarrassing way. To cover this up, Williams makes it look like a suicide.

By doing this both he (and his son's) status changes. This film is about the human reaction to death. Suddenly, his son was no longer an outsider and freak - now he's a saint. Now Robin Williams is no longer a meek, underdog, but a hero, struggling to cope with life.

I won't give away too much of how the story unfolds. However, I would recommend this to anyone who is looking for a decent `black comedy drama.' I've seen it criticised by people who say `Where's the humour?' Sure enough, there are few traditional jokes. It's more a cringe worthy exercise as Robin William's character digs a deeper metaphorical hole for himself and finds it increasingly harder to get back out.

Also, I've seen this film accused of having `no likeable characters.' Again, possibly true, but, I think that's half the point.

Don't expect belly laughs, just a film that somehow manages to raise a slight smile through the face of tragedy. But, when you consider the main crux of this film is a teenage boy's death, it does what it's supposed to.
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