World's Greatest Dad

2010-07-09 13:18
World's Greatest Dad

What it's about:

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 a 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.

What the critics thought:

"The movie essentially relies on the same joke being told over and over. But Goldthwait finds enough clever ways into that joke to make it seem fresh, and he makes you curious to see how far he's willing to push it."
- Christy Lemire, Associated Press

"Bobcat Goldthwait makes a daring assault in World's Greatest Dad against our yearning to mythologize the dead. But he loses his nerve just before the earth is completely scorched."
- Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

"For all of its cutting cynicism, Dad proves unexpectedly moving in its portrait of a middle-aged man leaving childish things behind."
- Glenn Whipp, Los Angeles Times

"As a filmmaker seeking to master the art of satire without cynicism, Bobcat Goldthwait might be one sick puppy - but he's also the sweetest one we've got."
- Ann Hornaday, Washington Post

A comedy about a man who learns that 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.

Anon 2010/09/03 8:02 AM
  • Rating:
I always liked Robin Williams movies, this one was "ok"...not a comedy as I was hoping but some life lessons.
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