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World's Greatest Dad is a risky, deadpan, dark comedy that effectively explores the nature of posthumous cults of celebrity.
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This film is bold and provocative, but it's weak at the core. It is the weakness of an old dog trying desperately to learn new tricks.
The bravest, smartest comedy of the year.
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.
The film's direction isn't always confident - there are baggy sections, and it's rarely deeply moving - but it is consistently funny.
...a bitterly dark comedy whose aim is uncomfortably true.
Here, Williams has a chance to do some of the most integral, gentle and praiseworthy acting of his career.
... This voyage through the moral maze is more entertaining and whisper it quietly, more profound, than most.
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.
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.
This touching dramatic comedy has a hilarious sense of humor that fits incredibly well with the sort of thought-provoking character study it wants to be, and it is even more heartbreaking when you see that Williams couldn't take to heart his film's own reflections on suicide.
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.
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.
When I started watching this, I didn't expect to find myself involved in Lance's life. In fact, I really didn't except much, but what I found was a hugely involving and moving film about a man surviving on the edge of desperation. Very sad and moving, but also liberating and freeing. Brilliant performance from Williams. Recommend to everyone.
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