Review: World’s Greatest Dad (2009)

Director: Bobcat Goldthwait
Screenwriter: Bobcat Goldthwait
Rated: R for language, crude and sexual content, drug use and disturbing images.
Runtime: 1H 39M

Synopsis: 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 jackass who won’t give his father the time of day. He is dating Claire, 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.

wgdadBobcat Goldthwait you may remember or recognize as Zed from those unreasonable Police Academy movies.  He won’t mind me saying that because he also shares the public opinion that most of this early acting projects were ass.  Over the last 10 years he stepped behind the camera and began directing more (his first project being in 1991’s Shakes the Clown).

I sat down to watch WORLD’S GREATEST DAD not really knowing what to expect.  A few minutes into it, I was laughing pretty hard.  This dark comedy starring Robin Williams in one of his best roles in many years will not leave you feeling warm and fuzzy inside.  We have enough of those don’t we?  This movie is brutally honest while exploring the human need to reach a certain amount of glory and our insufferable need to idealize people even after they are gone.  Two very different points of human nature yes, but watching the movie of course it all comes into place.  The only set back is just how long it takes to get to the point, I felt anxious waiting for it to come, while the time was well spent I think it took away from what might have been a better bitter sweet  victory for Williams’ character.

I can’t go much more into the plot of the film without a spoiler; and I can’t spoil it for you.  I was totally surprised and happy.  Happy that I didn’t’ do too much research on this film or it may have been appreciated less.  Bobcat Goldthwait has made a really, really good movie.  He wrote a terrific script here and it stays funny after it takes its rather dark turn.  We need more works like this in Hollywood now more than ever.  We are in the age of remakes, sequels and reboots; and I for one am getting tired of it.  I sought out something different and that’s just what I got.  Find it if you can, it will be out on video soon and Bobcat graciously is trying his hardest to get it out there so check your VOD subscriber as well.


3 WGD mugs out of 4