World’s Greatest Dad (2009)


Lance Clayton is about to get everything he deserves.

This is my first experience with a Bobcat Goldthwait movie. Not seeing the doggie blowjob movie, I was not expecting much from this movie. The /Filmcast were reviewing the movie recently and I heard people praising this movie from Sundance. The praise was well justified.

(The following will contain plots and minor spoilers to set up the premise of the movie. You have been warned.)

World’s Greatest Dad tells the story of the ho-hum life of Lance Clayton (Robin Williams). He is a poetry teacher at his son’s high school. Lance is an aspiring fiction writer that is having trouble getting his work published. He is rejected from numerous publishing houses.

Lance is secretly dating fellow teacher, Claire Reed (Alexie Gilmore), even though she has a budding friendship with the more attractive teacher, Mike (Henry Simmons).

Lance’s teenaged son, Kyle (Daryl Sabara), the pervy asshole is fixated on anything about vaginas, oral sex or the Hershey highway accidentally kills himself from auto-erotic asphyxiation. Rather than be embarrassed the ramifications if the news broke, he stages the scene that he hanged himself and wrote a suicide note.

Lance tries to put the pieces back together. He seeks solace with his girlfriend, a next-door neighbor, and Kyle’s best friend, Andrew (Evan Martin).

After the news spread throughout the school, students who barely Kyle wanted to know everything about him. Lance has to lie about Kyle being a torture soul that was a brilliant writer in order to get his foot in the door for national discovery.

On the surface, the plot would be ridiculous with the entire school going gaga over Kyle’s death. People would view this movie different. Personally, this movie shows the American public’s fascination with a tragedy to try to exploit it and profit from it.

This movie was funny, but it had some touching moments that made me tear up.

In the end, the title of the movie is ironic. I can’t spoil it any further. All I can say is that you can expect some things and unexpectedly things will happen.

Judgment: If you want to see a good movie or you are a fan of Bruce Hornsby, watch this movie.

Rating: ****1/2


About Branden

Branden: I am just your average movie nut that reviews films. Gives his take on pop culture and Hollywood happenings. Dreams to have his own thriving website and make a living doing what he is passionate about.

Posted on September 8, 2009, in 2009, Comedy, Dark, Drama, Independent, Subversive and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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