World's Greatest Dad

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Magnolia Pictures Released 2009

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Director:
Bobcat Goldthwait , Bob Goldthwait
Released:
2009
Rating:
R
World's Greatest Dad is a 2009 American black comedy film, written and directed by Bobcat Goldthwait, starring Robin Williams, Daryl Sabara, and Alexie Gilmore. Lance Clayton (Robin Williams) is single father, and unpublished author, who dreams of hitting the literary big time and achieving the perfect father-son relationship with his fifteen-year-old son, Kyle (Daryl Sabara). There are just a few problems: Lance is stuck working as an underappreciated high school English teacher and Kyle is underachieving, manipulative, antagonistic, sex-obsessed, and about to have to transfer to a special-needs school for his bad behavior and poor academic record. Lance thinks his life can't get any worse'but when Kyle accidentally strangles himself in a case of autoerotic asphyxiation, it does. What is there to do but stuff the body in a closet, pretend it was a suicide, and write a phony pre-suicide journal in Kyle's name? And what does one do when that journal becomes a best-selling book and attracts national attention? World's Greatest Dad is rated R for language, crude and sexual content, some drug use, and disturbing images.moreless

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  • 80

    The New York Times Stephen Holden

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

  • 80

    Los Angeles Times

    For all of its cutting cynicism, "Dad" proves unexpectedly moving in its portrait of a middle-aged man leaving childish things behind.

  • 70

    Variety Dennis Harvey

    The picture wobbles a bit before emerging a successful low-key satire of literary fraud and morbid personality cults.

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    Comedy, Drama

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    Dark Comedy