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World's Greatest Dad (2009)



Critic Consensus: World's Greatest Dad is a risky, deadpan, dark comedy that effectively explores the nature of posthumous cults of celebrity.

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"World's Greatest Dad" is a story about a man that learns the things you want most may not be the things that make you happy and that being lonely is not necessarily the same as being alone. Lance Clayton is a man who has learned to settle. He dreamed of being a rich and famous writer, but has only managed to make it as a high school poetry teacher. His only son Kyle is an insufferable jackass who won't give his father the time of day. He is dating Claire, 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.more
Rating: R (for language, crude sexual content, some drug use and disturbing images)
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Bobcat Goldthwait
In Theaters:
On DVD: Dec 8, 2009
Box Office: $0.2M
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Robin Williams
as Lance Clayton
Daryl Sabara
as Kyle Clayton
Geoffrey Pierson
as Principal Anderson
Tom Kenny
as Jerry Klein
Henry Simmons
as Mike Lane
Toby Huss
as Bert Green
Dan Spencer
as Dan Spencer
Ellie Jameson
as Jennifer
Alles Mist
as Metal Kid
Cheri Minns
as Nosy Neighbor
as Nosy Neighbor
Tony V.
as Dr. Pentola
Krist Novoselic
as Newsstand Vendor
Mabel Mae
as Mabel
as The Fighting Pug
Jill Talley
as Make-Up Woman
Deborah Horne
as Dr. Dana
Riley Dean Stone
as Bruce Hornsby's Mic ...
Bruce Hornsby
as Bruce Hornsby
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Critic Reviews for World's Greatest Dad

All Critics (116) | Top Critics (32)

The bravest, smartest comedy of the year.

Full Review… | September 22, 2010
Time Out
Top Critic

...a bitterly dark comedy whose aim is uncomfortably true.

Full Review… | August 20, 2014

Here, Williams has a chance to do some of the most integral, gentle and praiseworthy acting of his career.

Full Review… | August 11, 2014

... This voyage through the moral maze is more entertaining and whisper it quietly, more profound, than most.

Full Review… | June 30, 2011
The Ooh Tray

Goldthwait has given it a title that will make some shy away. But don't. It's a comedy about the particularly American capacity to create legends out of the dead, and it's sharper than most.

Full Review… | September 29, 2010
This is London

Beware that poster, with its jolly red writing and Mork from Ork's face thereon. This is not the Robin Williams of Old Dogs and License To Wed.

Full Review… | September 29, 2010
News of the World

Audience Reviews for World's Greatest Dad

Bobcat Goldthwaite writes and directs visionary projects, often dealing with the insipid vulgarity of youth, and the stupidity of the small minded. Here he challenges our protagonist (Williams) to let that culture, that persistence in ignorance, thrive, rather than be untrue to you and others. Williams gives one of the most heart breaking performances of his career, and definitely the hardest to watch. He expresses more grief and deep mourning in a two minute interval than I've seen in any film about loss. He is the glue that holds the entire film together, amidst the adventurous script and the great supporting characters. The premise is great, the execution is impressive, and there simply needs to be more independent films like this. Realism aside, this film speaks through the veil of this generation, though it says something timeless.

Spencer S.

Super Reviewer

A touching dramatic comedy with a hilarious sense of humor that fits incredibly well into the sort of thought-provoking character study it wants to be, and it is all the more heartbreaking when you see that Williams couldn't take to heart his film's own reflections on suicide.

Carlos Magalhes

Super Reviewer


Dark, weird, and almost impossible to watch at times, "World's Greatest Dad" goes through comedy, heartbreak, and overcoming loss and it does it so fast you have to be ready to switch your mood off and on as the movie goes along. I was not a huge fan of how they used all of these themes throughout the film. I was taken out of this film in many scenes, mainly due to the fact that I had no idea any of these things were explored in this movie. It is very hard not to spoil this film by talking about the plot, so I will keep this review very simple. "World's Greatest Dad" is a very well-made picture with some brutally honest moments and a fantastic performance by Robin Williams, but you may or may not like some of the filmmaking choices present here. Overall, it is a very good film that I have many issues with.

KJ Proulx
KJ Proulx

Super Reviewer

World's Greatest Dad Quotes

Dr. Dana: [reading a line from the book in the film] Is it more important for me to be a good person, or to be thought of as a good person? I'm so sick of living a life in fear of being found out for the phony I am. A life where I don't trust anyones intentions including my own.
– Submitted by Joshua P (3 years ago)
Lance Clayton: You guys didn't like Kyle. That's okay. I didn't either. I loved him. He was my son. But he was also a douchebag.
– Submitted by Chris P (5 years ago)
Lance Clayton: I used to think the worst thing in life was to end up all alone. It's not. The worst thing in life is ending up with people who make you feel all alone.
– Submitted by Chris P (5 years ago)

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