World's Greatest Dad

World's Greatest Dad

Downloadable Video - 2009
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Lance Clayton once dreamed of a career as a rich and famous writer. He has only managed to be a single dad and high school poetry teacher. His son is a jerk who won't give him the time of day, and his girlfriend won't acknowledge publicly that they are dating. A freak accident provides Lance his worst tragedy, and greatest opportunity at fame, fortune, and popularity. But can he live with the knowledge of how he got there
Publisher: [United States] : Magnolia : Made available through hoopla, 2009
Branch Call Number: eVideo hoopla
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 video file (ca. 99 min.)) : sd., col

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gillythebetter
Sep 13, 2016

No amount of suspension of disbelief makes this film a comedy. This is about a community that didn't see that this child needed professional help. Tragedy ensues.

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GrinBig
May 24, 2016

"Hilarious" is not a word I'd use to describe this film. I was looking forward to a comedy. Instead, I saw a tragedy. As others have mentioned, it felt particularly sad given Williams' own cause of death.

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HarmonyPeaceLove
Mar 03, 2015

Funny movie & sad (because of Robin Williams) but I found the movie entertaining. And it was funny. His son was obnoxious & such a pervert. Being a single parent is not easy and even though his son was such a butthole he still loved him unconditionally (but it's too bad he didn't disciplined him very well). Andrew was the only & true friend Kyle had & I was glad at the end that Andrew remained friends with Lance, Kyle's father. They will be more like father & son. Well there are lessons to be learned in this movie & in the end I guess you find out who your true friends really are.

Atticus14 Oct 07, 2014

I saw this a long time ago and just watched it again. In light of how Robin Williams died this can be a bit morbid. His son, Kyle, accidentally hangs himself to death while engaging in auto eroticism. Seeing as Williams also died seated and hanging I found this to be rather morbid. Anyways, Kyle's father (Williams) stages the scene to appear as if his son committed suicide instead of dying accidentally during a sex act. There are some lessons to be learned, mainly about shallow people, but this really isn't a comedy, per se. I really don't see how anyone could say this is hysterical as the graphic shows for this item. Dark comedy, yea, ok. Hysterical? I didn't think so.

KateHillier Sep 01, 2014

This is a hard one to watch now in the wake of Robin Williams' suicide, but it's also a necessary one too. It's a black comedy but it still manages to be heart warming and talks quite frankly about suicide and potential mental illness even though Kyle Clayton did not die that way.

Williams plays a guy who doesn't have much luck in life. He's divorced, is an unpublished writer, an unpopular teacher, and someone that his girlfriend will not admit to dating in public. His son, Kyle, is also probably the world's biggest jerk. He hates everyone and everything except possibly his one friend and porn. And being perverted. One night his father returns home to find that his son has died in a rather embarrassing state but stages it to be a suicide before he calls the police.

As the culture around his son's suicide gets more positive and people pay more attention to his son than they did when he was alive, Lance finds himself in a position he has always wanted but under the name of his son.

It's certainly not for the easily offended and it's really hard to watch for various reasons but it is funny, frank, and sad. A man is in grief but that grief isn't really shared. He has what he thinks he wants but at an expense and not the way he thought but it is also a very loving act for a son that he really didn't like.

A+ performance from Mr. Williams as usual and bonus points for the son too.

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ncs1961
Aug 26, 2014

A tragedy more than a comedy/drama. I'm not sure how Robin Williams fans (or Bobcat Goldthwaite fans, if there is such a thing) could be shocked or unawares - Robin Williams often used comic situations to portray dark realities. This film went a bit too far- but he sometimes did - that's what being a genius is about. Daryl Sabara as Kyle was outstanding - frightening, infuriating and pitiable.

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ostwald
Jul 28, 2013

I saw the movie and I had liked it
this is based on a true story but not for children to watch

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Jbooks
Jun 06, 2013

This should not be listed as a Comedy film. Yes, there are bits of humor, but this should be classified under Drama.

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geomillar
Jan 06, 2013

Terrible movie ... Great movie ... Robin Williams at his best. They're all right. The acting is good, the story isn't bad ... it's just typical Hollywood corn syrup and that's all that is wrong with it. Had it been done in Romania or Syria with sub-titles, we'd have thought it brilliant. In the American context, it is too trite!

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cdimov
Jun 04, 2011

Kind of slow.

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Aug 26, 2014

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Mar 31, 2011

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bdls206
Mar 25, 2011

Lance Clayton is a man who has learned to settle. He dreams of becoming 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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Ugogurl
Oct 13, 2010

This movie is a good one for Robin Williams whose life is kinda boring as a teacher/poet/father.
Suddenly his life has the opportunity to change when something happens to his son.
He struggles with the truth, the fame and the secret he holds.

Good movie

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bdls206
Mar 25, 2011

Lance Clayton: You guys didn't like Kyle. That's okay. I didn't either. I loved him. He was my son. But he was also a douchebag.

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