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World's Greatest Dad (2009)

Robin Williams , Daryl Sabara , Bobcat Goldthwait  |  R |  DVD
2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (246 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Robin Williams, Daryl Sabara, Alexie Gilmore
  • Directors: Bobcat Goldthwait
  • Format: AC-3, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Magnolia Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: December 8, 2009
  • Run Time: 99 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (246 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002PI1NRO
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #98,408 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "World's Greatest Dad" on IMDb

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Commentary with writer and director Bobcat Goldthwait

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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 Sabara) is an insufferable jackass who won't give his father the time of day.  He is dating Claire (Alexie Gilmore), 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.

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53 of 60 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Refreshing, Non-Hollywood surprise August 5, 2009
Format:Amazon Instant Video
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+.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I Must Be Sick, Because I Think This Film Is Hilarious! December 28, 2011
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The problem with all the negative reviews, is that everyone takes World's Greatest Dad way too seriously. The son's attitude is so exaggerated and over the top "not very realistic," that it's ok to laugh at the irony of what ends up happening "again because it's not realistic." If it had been some kind of movie where the son was bullied to the point that he went home and killed himself and it was labeled a comedy, then I could understand people being upset. I almost didn't watch this and the Observe and Report movie because of all the bad reviews. If you're easily offended by dark comedies, then why watch them to begin with?!
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35 of 41 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not a chick flick for sure! February 13, 2010
By G-Man
Format:Blu-ray
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.
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An Amusing Dark Comedy December 8, 2009
Format:DVD
Robin Williams stars in World's Greatest Dad which carries a misleading title that sounds like another family, which I can assure you could not be further from the truth. The film is a dark comedy from controversial director Bob Goldthwait and it's not afraid to bring out some true dysfunction in its characters.

Williams plays Lance Clayton, a high-school teacher thoroughly unhappy with his life. His aspirations of being a writer are dashed with every rejection letter he receives, he watches helplessly as the pretty, young teacher he's been with seems to be falling for a younger, more popular teacher, and (worst of all) his son is an unlikeable pervert. The first time we see his son Kyle (Daryl Sabara, from the Spy Kids movies), Lance has caught him attempting autoerotic asphyxiation. Everything changes when Lance finds Kyle dead from the aforementioned act and sets the scene to look like a standard suicide, along with a fake note.

It's this that puts what Goldthwait is trying for in motion. When "Kyle's" suicide note goes viral at the school, the entire student body (who once despised him) sees him as a hero. This kind of story is particularly relevant considering its release this year. Does any of this sound vaguely similar to the death of Michael Jackson?

World's Greatest Dad is certainly in a league of its own, as far as 2009-movies go. It's a dark comedy, but has just enough of a light tone to make it commercially accessible. I think I would've enjoyed it more than I did without the lighter tone, but I do appreciate the way it presents it's characters. Kyle is portrayed as an unintelligent, foul, thoroughly unlikeable character. Lance is a little more complicated; he cared about his son, but is very much driven by his own selfishness.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Dark, gritty, yet full of wit and depth January 28, 2010
Format:DVD
"World's Greatest Dad"
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I have to confess, when I heard "world's greatest dad" plus "Robin Williams", I thought, oh god, he's at it again, doing another one of those schlumpy-guy-awakens-to-life generic, saccharine comedies... Has Williams no self-respect left? But, oh, how wrong I was -- this is one film that you shouldn't judge by looking at its cover.

Written and directed by Bobcat Goldthwaite, this is the darkest of dark comedies, with Williams playing a soul-crushed, unloved, disillusioned high-school English teacher, a guy who was (and still is) an aspiring writer, but who has long since been crushed by life. A harried single parent, he has about the worst teenage son imaginable, a terrifyingly realistic creep of a teen, a kid who has no respect for his father, or for anyone else, and who is devoted to making life as miserable for his dad as it is for him. The set-up is deliberate and slow -- but once the set-up is complete, the way in which the film lurches sideways is completely unexpected. Kudos goes to Goldthwaite: much of the humor a bit too on-the-nose, but it's compelling nonetheless, and the nastiness is tempered by real wit and depth, and a willingness to delve into real darkness. It's not a film for he masses, but folks who are on the right wavelength, this'll be a rewarding film. (Joe Sixpack, Slipcue film reviews)
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3.0 out of 5 stars A Well-Written Story that Falls Short
I think Bobcat Goldthwait put a lot of thought into this story. As other have said, "World's Greatest Dad" is not too be taken too seriously, which should be inferred by... Read more
Published 13 hours ago by Preston Purdy
1.0 out of 5 stars YIKES!!!
Do not waste your time! I love Robin William's but this was such a bad movie!! I can't get back those 2 hours...
Published 15 hours ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars A strong message.
Not what I expected. I did not find it hilarious as the info implies. It was a different role to see Robin Williams in. Good for teens and parents of teens.
Published 1 day ago by Carol B.
4.0 out of 5 stars Black humor at it's best
Understated acting by Robin Williams makes this premise work. His emotional scenes ring very true. Not a "hilarious" film, but one which uses subtle humor to focus on the... Read more
Published 3 days ago by Joy Fiveseas
4.0 out of 5 stars Dark and good
I could definitely see this movie as not being everyone's cup of tea. There's nasty language and disturbing content. But I think that's what makes it good. It shocks the senses. Read more
Published 4 days ago by C. M. Foust
1.0 out of 5 stars Depressing. Not Funny. Don't waste your time. Doesn't get better as...
Can't believe Robin Williams did this movie. So disappointed. Story line is ridiculous. How is this rated as a comedy? Not even close!
Published 5 days ago by ME
2.0 out of 5 stars An acquired taste
Not for everyone, and not for me. I almost turned if off , but stayed with it. There are a few moments that are entertaining.
Published 5 days ago by Carolyn Weiner
1.0 out of 5 stars Too depressing
I thought with Robin Williams starring in the movie it would be funny. Just the opposite to say the least. This movie was very depressing and very slow moving, almost boring. Read more
Published 7 days ago by Paula K.
1.0 out of 5 stars Terrible!
Sick and disgusting. Filled with bad language. Makes you realize just how far Hollywood has gone down the road to perdition.
Published 7 days ago by Vicente A Davila
1.0 out of 5 stars Porno dad
I choose it because I like Robin Williams, but he must have been severely depressed when he agreed to do this film. I do not consider vulgarity funny .I stop watching it. Read more
Published 13 days ago by Helene Hastings
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