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World's Greatest Dad

HD   R Closed Captioning

Bobcat Goldthwait

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About the Movie

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 jerk 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.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 116
  • Fresh: 103
  • Rotten: 13
  • Average Rating: 6.9/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: Goldthwait's script turns into a surprisingly restrained, focused sendup of the blind adulation often bestowed on flawed personalities once they croak too soon. – Dennis Harvey, Variety, Nov 15, 2011

Fresh: 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, Jun 24, 2010

Fresh: There's more going on here than the age-old struggle between maturity and its surly teen antithesis. – Amy Biancolli, San Francisco Chronicle, Jul 7, 2010

Fresh: With his delicate mix of sick humor and compassion, Goldthwait is that rare comic writer who can legitimately be compared to Lenny Bruce. – J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader, Jun 24, 2010

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Customer Reviews

An Amazing, Although Very Dark Comedy

This movie is a comedy, but be warned, it is a comedy that deals with many dark elements and some very mature themes. The movie deals with dark topics, but it is ultimately a very rewarding experience. World's Greatest Dad will attract many people simply because of Robin Williams, and he is brilliant in the film, perhaps his best performance yet, but the movie also works as a whole, with a great script, great supporting performances and good comedic timing. Make sure you prepare yourself for the movie, and go into it expecting a drama with dark comedic elements, or you will be disapointed, because while there are 'laugh-out loud' elements, it is not a 'standard' comedy. Overall, I give this film 5/5 stars and recommend it to anyone who enjoys dark comedies or comedies that don't stick to the 'norm'. This film not only has a powerful message and deals with terribly sad themes with quiet brilliance, but it is incredibly well-made and well acted. Watch it if only for Robin Williams' amazing performance.

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The thing about this film is that you have to be able to understand the concept of a "dark comedy." It's got some themes-- like how people really deal with death, and "phoniness"-- that aren't understood or identified with by everyone. I would recommend this film to someone with a dry sense of humor, someone who liked The Catcher in the Rye, or a person who has an open mind and isn't easily offended.

Personally, I thought the film was one of a kind; it's the type of movie that you enjoy upon your first viewing because of how ridiculous it is, and then think about for a while afterward because of the depth of some ideas presented. It's also something I tell everyone to watch just to see their reaction haha.

Theatrical, yet more realistic than many movies out in its own way, World's Greatest Dad has a daring, unique plot and features a refreshing role for Robin Williams. I could see how a lot of people wouldn't like it, however. It just depends on your personal preference.

Overall, good movie.
The soundtrack's not bad either.


Don't go into it knowing too much about it, just watch it. it's very very good.