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Robin Williams shines in this Bobcat Goldthwait directed dark comedy

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World's Greatest Dad


World's Greatest Dad is a dark comedy that was written and directed by Bobcat Goldthwait and stars Robin Williams. The film takes a look at single fatherhood, raising a teenager, suicide and the lengths one would go to become popular. Williams stars as Lance Clayton, a high school English teacher who teaches an elective course in poetry. His sexually obsessed son Kyle (Daryl Sabara) is one of the few thorns in his side along with being a failed novelist and in a frustrating relationship with fellow teacher Claire (Alexie Gilmore).

Lance is a person who's a dreamer and tries his hardest to build a relationship with his wayward son but can never really connect with him. Kyle is also a student at the high school Lance teaches and he's constantly embarrassing him by his anti-social behavior and antics. One night after inviting his son to go out to dinner with his paramour Claire ends in a tragedy as Lance finds out that his son accidentally killed himself in an unusual act. What is a father to do? Will he let his son embarrass him one last time or will he take advantage of a horrific accident and use it to his advantage?

I found the movie to be a brilliant work of satire with many layers to it like an onion. The theme of the movie is also topical because of recent events involving the untimely demise of the star Robin Williams. Writer and director Bobcat Goldthwait did a marvelous job of keeping the movie flowing and the dialog was witty. I enjoyed Daryl Sabara's portrayal of the disturbed Kyle whose character on the surface seemed to be one dimensional but as the movie progressed it showed more depth.

Robin Williams however made the movie. His role of Lance showcased his amazing acting range and sadly it was very underutilized throughout his career. He breathed life into the character making what could have been an ordinary black and white role in a real human being. I can see why Goldthwait casted Williams in the role and why he accepted it.

I have to highly recommend this film to not only Robin Williams fans, independent film lovers and those who enjoy watching dark comedies.