World’s Greatest Dad (2009)



Directed by: Bobcat Goldthwait
Written by: Bobcat Goldthwait
Starring: Robin Williams, Daryl Sabara and Morgan Murphy

A son only a father would... love?

World’s Greatest Dad is not what you might expect from a comedy featuring Robin Williams (forget Mrs. Doubtfire). With a central concept that dares to take comedy to the extremes of black humor, World’s Greatest Dad sets up a plot that is wickedly hilarious and clever, only to deliver an easy ending.

Lance (Williams) is a failed novelist. Well, failing might be a better description. With so many rejection letters and too many working drafts waiting for the light of publication, Lance is thinking of giving up on the writing. But when his unbelievably crass and dumb son, Kyle (Sabara) unexpectedly dies whilst asphyxiating himself mid-masturbation, a writing opportunity comes to Lance in the form of a fake suicide note that could put Kyle to rest with dignity.

While the idea behind World’s Greatest Dad sets up a deliciously dark comedy, it stretches its original idea for far too long, building our expectations for an unexpected twist at the end of the film. Instead, we are served something too straightforward, and while this may have been the point, it isn’t entirely effective. It isn’t the ending itself that is the problem, it’s the execution and the quick wrap-up of the resolution that leaves us wanting more than we got.


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