World's Greatest Dad (I) (2009)

R   |    |  Comedy, Drama


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When his son's body is found in a humiliating accident, a lonely high school teacher inadvertently attracts an overwhelming amount of community and media attention after covering up the truth with a phony suicide note.


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  • Lorraine Nicholson in World's Greatest Dad (2009)
  • Alexie Gilmore at an event for World's Greatest Dad (2009)
  • Daryl Sabara in World's Greatest Dad (2009)
  • Robin Williams and Bobcat Goldthwait at an event for World's Greatest Dad (2009)
  • Robin Williams and Alexie Gilmore in World's Greatest Dad (2009)

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21 August 2009 | JerryLambert
10
| Way to go Bobcat
This is one of the best films I have seen in awhile. I have heard complaints that the acting is terrible, the acting wasn't bad at all. The characters were supposed to be very shallow and that shallowness was heavily exaggerated. But when the acting needed to be there it came across at magnum force. I would say that much of the movie has a cartoony feel, maybe that is because the only other work I would compare this film to is South Park. They amplify each characters ego and traits to the point it is cartoonish but it works very well in this film, as well as South Park. It switches back and forth between comedy and drama to the point you don't know what you are watching. Maybe many people didn't appreciate it for this reason. But then there are some weirdos that don't like South Park either. Go figure.

You could look at this film in a few ways, it makes you question things. At first it appears that the Dad is doing the right thing for his Son, then for his students and then for himself. You keep wondering where or if he will draw the line. It also makes you wonder what people will do for attention even if they must be a muse. It makes me wonder how many times something like this has occurred in the real world and how many times we have read or heard about it.

Robin Williams should be proud of this one, Oscar worthy performance. Daryl Sabara is incredible. He has covered quite a bit in his short career but this one should put him in the special class of young actors. I really liked Lorraine Nicholson's character Heather, she pulled off the Goth chick flawlessly. I also enjoyed the little shout out to Simon Pegg when Lance is talking to his neighbor about zombie movies.

Bottom line, many people will not connect with this film because it is very "artsy" and somewhat taboo. But it is a great film. Way to go Bobcat!

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,675 23 August 2009

Gross USA:

$221,805

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$221,805

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