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World's Greatest Dad

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Williams/Sabara/Gilmore ~ World's Greatest Dad

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1.0 out of 5 stars NOT Funny and Very Disturbing! Sept. 12 2014
Format:DVD
I only purchased this DVD because the late great Robin Williams is in it. I really wanted to like it but i simply cannot. I knew it was a "dark comedy" but honestly I don't find this movie funny nor entertaining at all. There are scenes i almost skipped over because it was incredibly disturbing to watch. Maybe because of RW's death it makes it harder to watch Iam not sure but seeing someones child die in that manner even in just a movie is not at all my idea of a good time. It is sickening actually. I think this movie is geared more towards the male audience.They perhaps might find it entertaining and laugh but Iam female and I personally think a lot of women will feel the same way and hate this movie as I did. Another reason to dislike it is how RW's son is such a complete jerk (and iam being very nice calling him that). RW's actual character is very likeable (no surprise there they usually are) but seeing his son treat him the way he did was horrible to watch. I know this is just a movie but this one rubbed me the wrong way and I won't ever watch it agian. Once was one too many.
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Amazon.com: 2.9 out of 5 stars  605 reviews
100 of 107 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Refreshing, Non-Hollywood surprise Aug. 5 2009
By A. Stryker - Published on Amazon.com
If you are looking for the typical Hollywood, predictable, cliched, played-out comedy-drama--then this is not for you! I feel it was an artistic attempt to analyze some very disturbing trends in our society and bring them to light in a dark comedy. You will recognize some of the troubling shifts our society has undergone in the last two decades, especially if you are an educator or care at all about our young people. It also has a lot to say about how we as a nation no longer have a genuine closeness to each other, little true togetherness and far little intimacy with our friends, families and partners.

You may think am I am over analyzing or being too deep but comedy is really just an exaggerated tragedy. That's what this film is. It gets the audience to look at some of our cultural weaknesses such as narcissism, superficiality, opportunism, objectification, permissiveness, etc.

Not readily evident, it also explores the ramifications of too many years of "corporatizing" our society--how it's affected the way our schools treat people. As well the corporation has affected how we place value on each other as people.

I know that was a long review, but if you appreciate intelligent comedies this one gets at least a B+.
36 of 36 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Dark, gritty, yet full of wit and depth Jan. 28 2010
By DJ Joe Sixpack - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
"World's Greatest Dad"
(Magnolia, 2009)
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I have to confess, when I heard "world's greatest dad" plus "Robin Williams", I thought, oh god, he's at it again, doing another one of those schlumpy-guy-awakens-to-life generic, saccharine comedies... Has Williams no self-respect left? But, oh, how wrong I was -- this is one film that you shouldn't judge by looking at its cover.

Written and directed by Bobcat Goldthwaite, this is the darkest of dark comedies, with Williams playing a soul-crushed, unloved, disillusioned high-school English teacher, a guy who was (and still is) an aspiring writer, but who has long since been crushed by life. A harried single parent, he has about the worst teenage son imaginable, a terrifyingly realistic creep of a teen, a kid who has no respect for his father, or for anyone else, and who is devoted to making life as miserable for his dad as it is for him. The set-up is deliberate and slow -- but once the set-up is complete, the way in which the film lurches sideways is completely unexpected. Kudos goes to Goldthwaite: much of the humor a bit too on-the-nose, but it's compelling nonetheless, and the nastiness is tempered by real wit and depth, and a willingness to delve into real darkness. It's not a film for he masses, but folks who are on the right wavelength, this'll be a rewarding film. (Joe Sixpack, Slipcue film reviews)
44 of 47 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I Must Be Sick, Because I Think This Film Is Hilarious! Dec 28 2011
By M. A. Ball - Published on Amazon.com
The problem with all the negative reviews, is that everyone takes World's Greatest Dad way too seriously. The son's attitude is so exaggerated and over the top "not very realistic," that it's ok to laugh at the irony of what ends up happening "again because it's not realistic." If it had been some kind of movie where the son was bullied to the point that he went home and killed himself and it was labeled a comedy, then I could understand people being upset. I almost didn't watch this and the Observe and Report movie because of all the bad reviews. If you're easily offended by dark comedies, then why watch them to begin with?!
25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Watched After Robin Williams Death Aug. 15 2014
By JB - A Guy - Published on Amazon.com
I learned about this movie in an article in The Guardian that popped up on Google when I searched for news on Robin Williams' tragic death. I was close to 3 people who have recently taken their own lives and the news of Robin Williams hit me very hard. Unlike the 1 star reviewers, I welcome a frank and fresh look at a dark topic.

In this role, Williams concocts the story of suicide to protect his son's honor - complete with a suicide note and a journal that gives dad a chance at fame. The frustrated and unpublished writer finally has an audience, TV appearances and publishers who want to cash in on the emotional outpouring. Plus, the girlfriend who was leaving him is suddenly coming back, wanting him more. Williams displays the tension welling up between the good things that are finally coming his way and the need to accept the truth about his son. The characters in the story attach themselves to the myth of the deceased teenager, a kid who everyone in school hated and ridiculed. The story captures the disingenuous side of the grief industry - ok, not really an industry but some are cashing in big time on the gut-wrenching side of grief.

I would not have bothered with this movie, I'm sure, if not for Robin Williams untimely and tragic death. It is a dark and disturbing story. It is not Robin Williams the comedian and nothing close to Mrs. Doubtfire. Still, I liked the movie. At the end, the need to embrace the truth wins out.
57 of 66 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not a chick flick for sure! Feb. 13 2010
By G-Man - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Blu-ray
It amazes me how so many people with the 1 star reviews just want to, no expect to see Robin Williams in just funny slapstick comedies. His performance is right up there with "The Fisher King" yet even darker. Spoiler alert: Dad becomes famous from his dumb ass kid's death from autoerotic asphyxiation. Okay now you know what to expect. So don't rent or buy this film unless you're ready for a extremely dark comedy and I couldn't think of anyone better to pull this off than Robin.
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