World’s Greatest Dad

{4.5/5} “If you don’t act right at dinner, I’ll stab you in the face.”

World’s Greatest Dad, released in 2009

Lance (played by Robin Williams) has written several novels but none of them has sold — he tells himself he will give up on this dream if he gets another rejection. In the meantime he’s a high school teacher — but not many students are taking his poetry class. And he’s a father — but his son (played by Daryl Sabara) is a bit of a jerk. He’s in a relationship with Claire, a fellow teacher (played by Alexie Gilmore) — but their relationship is a secret.

If your life was not so great and you saw a chance to make it better by telling a lie, would you do it? What if telling the lie would make a bunch of other people’s lives better too?

World’s Greatest Dad is what you’d call a dark comedy. It is at times funny, absurd, serious, shockingly cynical, and at one point so sad it’s difficult to watch. The one thing I’ve seen lately that it’s comparable to in tone is the TV show The Big C.

It seems to me that the main things that contribute to the success of the movie are the script, the direction, and the performance of Robin Williams. Williams should be known by now for both comedic roles (Good Morning, Vietnam) and dramatic ones (Insomnia). He can certainly be silly but he’s also an amazing actor — he gives an understated performance in this movie. Bobcat Goldthwait is a comedian, actor (Police Academy 2), and director (God Bless America) — he wrote and directed this movie.

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