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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 (745 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 (745 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002PI1NRO
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #18,175 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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113 of 120 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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42 of 42 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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47 of 50 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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29 of 30 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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59 of 68 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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2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
Love Robin Williams but this movie is screwed up.
Published 17 hours ago by WayneWireless
5.0 out of 5 stars but seriously excellent social satire
A hard movie to watch in many ways, but seriously excellent social satire. Refreshing.
Published 1 day ago by S.S.
5.0 out of 5 stars Parents of teens shouldwatch.
Inspirational. Parents of teens should watch.
Published 1 day ago by Mao
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Not sure this movie is what I was expecting...not the normal movie that Robin Williams did during his life.
Published 1 day ago by Karen
3.0 out of 5 stars Sad undertones. Good to watch once
A rather dark movie. Sad undertones. Good to watch once, I wouldn't watch it again. Robin Williams has other spectacular movies he has done.
Published 2 days ago by Rebekah Hawkins
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
hilarious
Published 2 days ago by annette falcon
4.0 out of 5 stars I loved Robin Williams
I loved Robin Williams. This was a great movie, a little sad, a little funny, but what can you expect from Robin Williams?
Published 2 days ago by Jan Clark
2.0 out of 5 stars Not one of Robin Williams' better roles.
Not one of Robin Williams' better roles. Yes, the plot is "deep," maybe even thought provoking. Some funny parts but the serious parts overshadow this film. Read more
Published 2 days ago by Mike S
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
Sad movie especially how Robin passed away
Published 3 days ago by kristine
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Sad depiction of a disturbed teen and helpless parent.
Published 3 days ago by Izaya.O
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