World’s Greatest Dad (2009)

“I used to think the worst thing in life was to end up all alone. It’s not. The worst thing in life is ending up with people who make you feel all alone.” – Lance Clayton

Number of Times Seen – Twice (20 Aug 2009 and 10 May 2021)

Brief Synopsis – A lonely high school teacher tries to cover up a tragedy and inadvertently causes more problems than expected.

My Take on it – Strange premise that comes across in a very quirky way the entire time.

The film has a very dark tone to it that doesn’t help thing enough.

The casting of Robin Williams in the lead role is great and he helps make this character so much more sympathetic by the way that he plays his part here.

The problem is that the story fails to be engaging enough throughout and that makes it even more difficult to care more about what happens along the way.

The chemistry between the various characters is almost non-existent and despite that being part of the point of the story, it still doesn’t help enough along the way.

The film looks at grief and tragedy in a unique perspective but instead of feeling fresh and innovative, it just doesn’t manage to be powerful enough to help keep the viewer interested along the way

The story drags a bit too much at certain points which hurts things a lot.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Robin Williams initially intended to take a small role as a favor to writer/director Bobcat Goldthwait, with whom he has been close friends since their days performing stand-up comedy together, but was so impressed with the script that he requested to play the lead instead. (From IMDB)

Rating – BAFTA Worthy (5/10)


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