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World's Greatest Dad (2009)



Critic Consensus: World's Greatest Dad is a risky, deadpan, dark comedy that effectively explores the nature of posthumous cults of celebrity.

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"World's Greatest Dad" is a story about a man that learns the things you want most may not be the things that make you happy and that being lonely is not necessarily the same as being alone. Lance Clayton is 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 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.

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Robin Williams
as Lance Clayton
Daryl Sabara
as Kyle Clayton
Geoffrey Pierson
as Principal Anderson
Tom Kenny
as Jerry Klein
Henry Simmons
as Mike Lane
Toby Huss
as Bert Green
Dan Spencer
as Dan Spencer
Ellie Jameson
as Jennifer
Alles Mist
as Metal Kid
Rebecca Erwin Spencer
as Nosy Neighbor
Cheri Minns
as Nosy Neighbor
as Nosy Neighbor
Tony V.
as Dr. Pentola
Krist Novoselic
as Newsstand Vendor
Mabel Mae
as Mabel
as The Fighting Pug
Jill Talley
as Make-Up Woman
Deborah Horne
as Dr. Dana
Riley Dean Stone
as Bruce Hornsby's Mic Stand
Bruce Hornsby
as Bruce Hornsby
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Critic Reviews for World's Greatest Dad

All Critics (119) | Top Critics (47)

The film's direction isn't always confident - there are baggy sections, and it's rarely deeply moving - but it is consistently funny.

August 23, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Goldthwait has given it a title that will make some shy away. But don't. It's a comedy about the particularly American capacity to create legends out of the dead, and it's sharper than most.

September 29, 2010 | Rating: 4/5

Beware that poster, with its jolly red writing and Mork from Ork's face thereon. This is not the Robin Williams of Old Dogs and License To Wed.

September 29, 2010 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

Goldthwait's pacing is uncertain, and his humour is frequently "off", but the sense of risky provocation is compelling.

September 24, 2010 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

We can't wait to see what Goldthwait does next.

September 24, 2010 | Rating: 4/5

Williams keeps his head above water, and a giddy climax recuperates some of the original energy -- enough, at least, to make this director's next project one worth rooting for anew.

September 23, 2010 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for World's Greatest Dad

This touching dramatic comedy has a hilarious sense of humor that fits incredibly well with the sort of thought-provoking character study it wants to be, and it is even more heartbreaking when you see that Williams couldn't take to heart his film's own reflections on suicide.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

Bobcat Goldthwaite writes and directs visionary projects, often dealing with the insipid vulgarity of youth, and the stupidity of the small minded. Here he challenges our protagonist (Williams) to let that culture, that persistence in ignorance, thrive, rather than be untrue to you and others. Williams gives one of the most heart breaking performances of his career, and definitely the hardest to watch. He expresses more grief and deep mourning in a two minute interval than I've seen in any film about loss. He is the glue that holds the entire film together, amidst the adventurous script and the great supporting characters. The premise is great, the execution is impressive, and there simply needs to be more independent films like this. Realism aside, this film speaks through the veil of this generation, though it says something timeless.

Spencer S.
Spencer S.

Super Reviewer


Dark, weird, and almost impossible to watch at times, "World's Greatest Dad" goes through comedy, heartbreak, and overcoming loss and it does it so fast you have to be ready to switch your mood off and on as the movie goes along. I was not a huge fan of how they used all of these themes throughout the film. I was taken out of this film in many scenes, mainly due to the fact that I had no idea any of these things were explored in this movie. It is very hard not to spoil this film by talking about the plot, so I will keep this review very simple. "World's Greatest Dad" is a very well-made picture with some brutally honest moments and a fantastic performance by Robin Williams, but you may or may not like some of the filmmaking choices present here. Overall, it is a very good film that I have many issues with.

KJ Proulx
KJ Proulx

Super Reviewer

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