World's Greatest Dad2009
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 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
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Critic Reviews for World's Greatest Dad
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.
Goldthwait's pacing is uncertain, and his humour is frequently "off", but the sense of risky provocation is compelling.
We can't wait to see what Goldthwait does next.
Williams keeps his head above water, and a giddy climax recuperates some of the original energy -- enough, at least, to make this director's next project one worth rooting for anew.
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.
Audience Reviews for World's Greatest Dad
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.
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