World's Greatest Dad

World's Greatest Dad

World's Greatest Dad

Underrated Robin Williams comedy, written and directed by comedian Bobcat Goldthwait. Lance (Williams) is a failed writer, a high school English teacher, and single father to Kyle (Daryl Sabara) - a bastard of a son. When Kyle dies in a masturbatory accident, Lance attracts an overwhelming amount of community and media attention after covering up the truth with a phony suicide note.

2009Rating: MA15+99 minsUSA
Comedy

World's Greatest Dad / Reviews

Variety

Variety

Goldthwait's script turns into a surprisingly restrained, focused sendup of the blind adulation often bestowed on flawed personalities once they croak too soon.

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Total Film

Total Film

More wanking jokes than you can throw a sausage at, Williams on top form and a darkly comic core of truth and sadness: what threatens to be the World’s Greatest Dud proves anything but.

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Time Out

Time Out

The bravest, smartest comedy of the year.

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The New York Times

The New York Times

With a merciless acuity this nihilistic comedy ridicules collective grief and the news media's cynical marketing of inspirational uplift after a death.

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The Guardian

The Guardian

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.

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Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

Odd, confident, challenging, and featuring a brilliant turn by Williams. If only there was just a little more to it.

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