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5.0 out of 5 stars Sick, daft but amusing, clever and genial. Brilliant.
I really liked and enjoyed this cult little movie, starring the normally unlike-able Robin Williams. I found it smart, hip, current, dark in humour and mildly boasting confident swagger.

This American comedy (from Donnie Darko producer) is deadpan, twisted and odd fun, expressing itself well and delivering a satirical blast.

Lance Clayton is a single...
Published on 2 Mar 2012 by T. BROOKES

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3.0 out of 5 stars Strange but also spot-on dark comedy
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...
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4.0 out of 5 stars The lies you tell will find you out, 22 Jan 2013
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Mr. J. Ryden (In your mind, in the part you've forgotten about.) - See all my reviews
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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. I assume it's meant to be so insomuch the assembled malingerers and hangers-on desperately want to believe the fantasy (former) life that Lance has painted so they can buy-into the grief; it's laughably pitiful and a real sideswipe at their hollow grief.

Williams shows again that, in my opinion, he does best when playing it straight and here he is no different. Supported by a very able assembled cast, Williams plays Lance well as the sad-sack father and teacher who strives to be a good person who can't help but capitalise on a twist of fate that promises him a better life. In short, an enjoyable watch which pulls no punches in its subject matter. Plus, I imagine Daryl Sabara had a whale of a time playing Kyle; I bet he couldn't believe his luck when he saw the script.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sick, daft but amusing, clever and genial. Brilliant., 2 Mar 2012
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T. BROOKES "Brookey" (Midlands, UK) - See all my reviews
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I really liked and enjoyed this cult little movie, starring the normally unlike-able Robin Williams. I found it smart, hip, current, dark in humour and mildly boasting confident swagger.

This American comedy (from Donnie Darko producer) is deadpan, twisted and odd fun, expressing itself well and delivering a satirical blast.

Lance Clayton is a single parent dad teacher, and a failing writer. His son is an obnoxious pervert who accidentally kills himself. Lance writes a suicide note to cover up the death. The note is hailed as genius writing and so Lance goes with the idea, living his writer's dream through his dead son's memory.

Sick, daft but amusing, clever and genial. Brilliant.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb Film, 3 Dec 2012
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Hits all the right notes. Sympathy, empathy, tragedy, comedy and made me smile from start to finish. Such a great ending.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Strange but also spot-on dark comedy, 3 Dec 2012
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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
3.0 out of 5 stars A disturbing & dark black comedy, 9 Nov 2010
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J. Morris "Josh" (London) - See all my reviews
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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. Also features a music video from The Deadly Syndrome playing "I Hope I become a Ghost", which is minimalistic but entertaining.

A believable - if a little morbid - concept that will leave you thinking about how people romanticise the departed, worth it alone for Williams's best performance in over a decade.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A great effort by Bobcat Goldthwaite, 29 Jun 2010
World's Greatest Dad is the touching story about a frustrated writer, Robin Williams, teaching at a High School where his outcast teenage son also attends.

On frequent occaisions he catches his son "pleasuring himself" sometimes involving auto-erotic asphyxiation. One of these attempts leads his son to die accidentally.
When the father finds his son dead he decides to disguise the death as a suicide, forging a suicide note by his own hand and, unwittingly becoming a successful writer in his son's name.

World's Greatest Dad is an awkward film, beautiful, touching, tear-jerking and thought-provoking. As a comedy it is very, very black which is possibly why it polorises its audience.
Robin Williams coasts through the scenes with his rubber features which you're never really quite sure are poised in a mocking smile or holding back the tears.
I took off one star simply because some of the supporting roles (especially RW's girlfriend) are a bit one-dimensional and slightly too farsical.

While this film may leave you uncomfortable it is never hard to watch.
Highly recommended.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow, just wow., 29 Nov 2009
Don't be fooled that this is a family friendly film because it stars the comedic actor Robin Williams. It's about a boy who dies whilst masturbating (erotic asphyxiation) and his father (Robin Williams) covers his death up as a suicide. The school his father works at as a teacher and Kyle attended is majorly affected when the fake suicide note is published, with many students becoming obssessed with Kyle. The fact that this film premiered at sundance, and Robin Williams has a full frontal nude scene, should tell you everything you need to know. The film was strangely very good though and rewatchable. It'll keep you awake at night with its bizarreness
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5.0 out of 5 stars Worlds greatest dad, 29 Jun 2014
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As a dad it was no coincidence that I wanted to know what it was about the worlds greatest dad.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Slow and predicatable.., 1 Dec 2013
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...with some poor and typical (i.e boring) characterizations, it feels like it ACTUALLY was made in the 1980s rather in the last naughties. A part of the trouble is that no-one is actually likable, even Robin Williams as the main character, this linked with the fact that attempts at comedy fall flat, I really can't recommend it. If you want quirky, funny, profound comedies, pick up Win Win instead.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bobcat's transition to director continues to bear fruit, 2 Jan 2013
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D. Gallacher "Goat" (Edinburgh, Scotland) - See all my reviews
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Bobcat Goldthwait will never shake his reputation as the screamy guy from Police Academy. But what he can, and is doing? Is bolstering this somewhat dubious career with an incredible push forward as the independent cinema scene's golden boy director. His first work, "Shakes the Clown" took a dark look at a drunken child's entertainer. It was hilarious, but very harsh to watch. This film is the second in Bobcat's arsenal, and it is equally as unflinching as it takes a father who has to make some very harsh decisions in order to maintain some dignity in his life. I won't go any farther describing the story, but this is the blackest that dark comedy can achieve. But importantly, it DOES achieve it. It is touching, hilarious, dark and unquestionably brilliant. If you like your movies served up on a plate, you'll need to forgive Mr.Goldthwait. If, however, you're ready to dive into a hard bit of viewing on the promise that the eventual reward will stay with you for a long time? Then please purchase "World's Greatest Dad". It is very unlikely that you'll regret the purchase.
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