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... World's Greatest Dad was written and directed by Bobcat Goldthwait who has had a fair bit of experience in the film world but nothing that I seem to recognise. I think I'd actually describe this as a comedy drama because of the more serious undertones. It introduces us to Lance (played by ... Read review

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Dad's The Word

AdvantagesInteresting premise, reasonably good acting, uplifting drama

DisadvantagesNot much comedy, a tad slow in parts

"I came across this whilst browsing online and wasn't too convinced about watching it at first. I find Robin Williams to be a bit hit and miss with flicks because he can seem a bit too slap stick and over the top to me, but this was a pleasant surprise as he took on a more serious tone. It wasn't the most exciting of films, but it was a worthwhile watch none the less. World's Greatest Dad was written and directed by Bobcat Goldthwait who has had ..." Read review

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A high school poetry teacher and single father discovers that the thing he covets most in life may not be what makes him truly happy in this pitch-black comedy directed by Bobcat Goldthwait, and starring Robin Williams. Lance Clayton (Williams) is a mild-mannered high school teacher from Seattle who was granted sole custody of his son, Kyle (Daryl Sabara), following a nasty divorce. As hard as Lance tries to connect with his hostile, loathsome son, all he receives for his sincere efforts are insults and scorn. The only things Kyle seems to care about are violent video games and internet porn, the latter obsession eventually serving to alienate the foul-mouthed teen from his sole friend, Andrew (Evan Martin). His books rejected by publishers and his poetry class on the verge of being cancelled due to student disinterest, Lance does find a bit of happiness in his relationship with pretty art instructor Claire (Alexie Gilmore), though these days her gaze is drifting toward handsome young English teacher Mike (Henry Simmons), who recently celebrated the publication of his very first piece in The New Yorker. Then, one day, Lance discovers his son dead, the apparent victim of autoerotic asphyxiation gone horribly awry. In order to give the boy some dignity in death, Lance pens a suicide note before summoning the authorities. By chance, that note is published in Kyle's school newspaper, instantly transforming him into a misunderstood cult icon among the impressionable student body. Now, tragedy has become opportunity for Lance. Can the grieving father live with the knowledge of how he achieved such fame, or has he sacrificed his own soul in his blind quest to garner the kind of fame that has eluded him his entire life?

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Actor(s) Dan Spencer, Alexie Gilmore, Henry Simmons, Zach Sanchez, Evan Martin, Ellie Jameson, Michael Thomas Moore, Lorraine Nicholson, Mitzi McCall
Genre Comedy
Classification 15 years and over
Production Year 2009
Colour Colour
Official Website http://www.worldsgreatestdadfilm.com/
Consumer Advice Contains strong language and sex references and dangerous behaviour
Video Category Feature Film
Country Of Origin United States of America
Plot A high school poetry teacher and single father discovers that the thing he covets most in life may not be what makes him truly happy in this pitch-black comedy directed by Bobcat Goldthwait, and starring Robin Williams.

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Studio(s) THE WORKS
Screenwriter Bobcat Goldthwait
Producer Richard Kelly, Ted Hamm, Howard Gertler
Executive Producer Jennifer Roth
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Composer Gerald Brunskill
Editor Jason Stewart


Main Language English

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Sound Dolby Digital Stereo, 2.0 Surround

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Review Odd, confident, challenging, and featuring a brilliant turn by Williams (Empire Magazine, 2010-12-16)

A startlingly excellent dark comedy about the power of positive posthumous PR. One of 2010's must-see movies. (Film4, 2010-12-16)

The bravest, smartest comedy of the year. (Time Out, 2010-12-16)


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