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World's Greatest Dad [Blu-ray] (2009)

Robin Williams , Daryl Sabara , Bobcat Goldthwait  |  Restricted |  Blu-ray
2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,258 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Robin Williams, Daryl Sabara, Alexie Gilmore
  • Directors: Bobcat Goldthwait
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Blu-ray, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Spanish
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
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  • Studio: Magnolia Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: December 8, 2009
  • Run Time: 99 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,258 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002PI1NQU
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #97,940 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "World's Greatest Dad [Blu-ray]" on IMDb

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HDNet: A Look at World's Greatest Dad
I Hope I Become a Ghost - Music Video by The Deadly Syndrome
Commentary with writer and director Bobcat Goldthwait

Editorial Reviews

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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144 of 154 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Refreshing, Non-Hollywood surprise August 5, 2009
Format:Amazon 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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47 of 48 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Watched After Robin Williams Death August 15, 2014
Format:Amazon Video
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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62 of 65 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Dark, gritty, yet full of wit and depth January 28, 2010
"World's Greatest Dad"
(Magnolia, 2009)
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)
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53 of 58 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
Format:Amazon Video
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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71 of 83 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not a chick flick for sure! February 13, 2010
By G-Man
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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars okay gave this a 5 star because product was good but movie not so good...
okay gave this a 5 star because product was good but movie not so good did not find it funny.
Published 2 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent!
Robin Williams stars in this Darkly humorous social commentary about how individuals can romanticize the dead thinly veiled as supporting those closest to the death. Read more
Published 7 days ago by Ksteng
3.0 out of 5 stars hate the movie
Thanks, hate the movie!
Published 2 months ago by Michael J Doane
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
It stays with you.
Published 3 months ago by Lucille Fricker
4.0 out of 5 stars Robin Williams is always good
Pretty good movie. Sad to see Robin Williams after his passing
Published 3 months ago by Michael Reger
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 5 months ago by Matthew Coman
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Awesome movie
Published 5 months ago by EGould
3.0 out of 5 stars Dark Humored
Nothing wrong with the DVD, just a dark subject matter for being a comedy. Only bought it because my husband and daughter had a scene in it.
Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Not for the easily offended
One in my list of #greatest films ever! VERY edgey material that, despite excellent performances and production, seems to offend most. If you like outrageous give it a try. Read more
Published 6 months ago by criptid
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
Filthy. Stopped watching in beginning and I want my money back.
Published 6 months ago by SD
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