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World's Greatest Dad (2009)

Robin Williams , Daryl Sabara , Bobcat Goldthwait  |  R |  DVD
2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (449 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Robin Williams, Daryl Sabara, Alexie Gilmore
  • Directors: Bobcat Goldthwait
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Spanish
  • 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: 2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (449 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002PI1NRO
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,586 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "World's Greatest Dad" on IMDb

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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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87 of 94 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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26 of 26 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"
(Magnolia, 2009)
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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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39 of 42 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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48 of 56 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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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Watched After Robin Williams Death August 15, 2014
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I learned about this movie in an article in The Guardian that popped up on Google when I searched for news on Robin Williams' tragic death. I was close to 3 people who have recently taken their own lives and the news of Robin Williams hit me very hard. Unlike the 1 star reviewers, I welcome a frank and fresh look at a dark topic.

In this role, Williams concocts the story of suicide to protect his son's honor - complete with a suicide note and a journal that gives dad a chance at fame. The frustrated and unpublished writer finally has an audience, TV appearances and publishers who want to cash in on the emotional outpouring. Plus, the girlfriend who was leaving him is suddenly coming back, wanting him more. Williams displays the tension welling up between the good things that are finally coming his way and the need to accept the truth about his son. The characters in the story attach themselves to the myth of the deceased teenager, a kid who everyone in school hated and ridiculed. The story captures the disingenuous side of the grief industry - ok, not really an industry but some are cashing in big time on the gut-wrenching side of grief.

I would not have bothered with this movie, I'm sure, if not for Robin Williams untimely and tragic death. It is a dark and disturbing story. It is not Robin Williams the comedian and nothing close to Mrs. Doubtfire. Still, I liked the movie. At the end, the need to embrace the truth wins out.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Just too sad so soon after Robin Williams died. I didn't mind watching others of his.
Published 54 minutes ago by Susan A.
5.0 out of 5 stars Doubtfire I just thought Robin Williams was a "made man" and never...
I guess after Mr. Doubtfire I just thought Robin Williams was a "made man" and never thought he could be so deeply caught in some thing so great and evil that he was cut... Read more
Published 11 hours ago by Isabel Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars this movie deserves 5 stars
I happened to stumble across this movie browsing for something to watch on my Kindle, after watching it almost a year ago, but was honestly shocked to see that it had only recieved... Read more
Published 11 hours ago by C. J. Dobbler
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't bother
Not one of his best. Tooo serious and it has suicide as a topic.
Published 14 hours ago by Brian O'Day
3.0 out of 5 stars .......
Interesting movie. Good.
Published 16 hours ago by Catherine Diello
5.0 out of 5 stars Dark comedy
Funny dark comedy. Robin Williams was a master of his art.
He will be missed. May he rest in peace.
Published 21 hours ago by Kindle Customer
1.0 out of 5 stars Not a comedy
Not a comedy! This is not a movie to lift spirits. Robin Williams deals as a dad of a difficult child and how the rest of society views him and his child.
Published 23 hours ago by bernard merkel
1.0 out of 5 stars What should of been.
Movie is about the relationship berween a father and son. The father realizes that he should of had a better relationship with his son aftwr his son commits suicide by mistake.
Published 1 day ago by Damona Fox
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
It's an ok movie
Published 1 day ago by Lamy B.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great story of how things aren't always what they seem
Published 1 day ago by Chester Mann
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