A thoughtful but outrageous comedy from
Bobcat Goldthwait, 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.
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.
Magnolia Pictures. All
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World's Greatest Dad
If you are looking for a new Robin Williams comedy, this is NOT it. Although the cover quotes "hilarious" it is far from it. It is a terribly sad story, for both the father and the son.
I couldn't even find one scene that made me chuckle...even a little bit. Instead, I was shocked and disgusted, at both the son's behavior AND the father's (Williams). Gilmore does a poor performance as well as a half-wit art teacher who is "deer in the headlights blonde" by day, sex-kitten-wannabe by night.
Williams is still a crafty actor but he should stick with what he does best. Didn't he learn anything from One Hour Photo?
Guest appearance by Bobcat Goldthwait who also produced and directed this flop. He and Williams need to go back to what they know, comedy.
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