World's Greatest Dad [Blu-ray]
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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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Commentary with writer and director Bobcat Goldthwait
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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+.
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 The frustrated and unpublished writer finally has an audience, TV appearances and publishers who want to cash in on the emotional outpouring.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.
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 the masses, but folks who are on the right wavelength, this'll be a rewarding film. (DJ Joe Sixpack, Slipcue film reviews)