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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as Lance Clayton
as Kyle Clayton
as Principal Anderson
as Jerry Klein
as Mike Lane
as Bert Green
as Dan Spencer
as Metal Kid
as Nosy Neighbor
as Nosy Neighbor
as Nosy Neighbor
as Dr. Pentola
as Newsstand Vendor
as The Fighting Pug
as Make-Up Woman
as Dr. Dana
as Bruce Hornsby's Mic Stand
as Bruce Hornsby
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Critic Reviews for World's Greatest Dad
Goldthwait's script turns into a surprisingly restrained, focused sendup of the blind adulation often bestowed on flawed personalities once they croak too soon.
Offering Robin Williams his richest role in memory while serving up a nice cold bowl of shock soup for the audience, World's Greatest Dad is a surprisingly smart and severely twisted dark comedy from comic Bobcat Goldthwait.
Making Kyle godawful may seem edgy, even authentic. But it's pure setup.
With his delicate mix of sick humor and compassion, Goldthwait is that rare comic writer who can legitimately be compared to Lenny Bruce.
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.
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.
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.
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|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|
|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.|
|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.|
|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.|