• World's Greatest Dad (2009)

World's Greatest Dad

Release Date: August 21st, 2009

DVD Release Date: December 8th, 2009

R |1 hr 39 min

Plot Summary

When the son of high school English teacher Lance Clayton (Robin Williams) accidentally kills himself, Clayton writes a fake suicide note to evade scandal. At first uninterested in the death, the school is taken by the letter after it is published in the school paper. Hoping to claim the literary renown he has always wanted, Lance writes a diary, too. Fame and intrigue follow and Lance receives the attention he always wished for, but finds keeping his cool might be easier written than done.

Cast: Robin Williams, Alexie Gilmore, Daryl Sabara, Tom Kenny, Lorraine Nicholson, Geoff Pierson, Evan Martin, Henry Simmons

Director: Bobcat Goldthwait

Genres: Comedy drama

Keywords: Transformation, 2000s, Rise, Underdog, Deception, Offbeat, Dark, House, Brash, Girlfriend, Son, School

Ratings & Reviews

  • 75
    Roger EbertChicago Sun-Times

    This premise is well-established because of a disturbingly good performance by Daryl Sabara as Kyle, the disgusting son. show more

  • 75
    Steven ReaPhiladelphia Inquirer

    For a comedy about autoerotic asphyxiation, epic deception, and shameless exploitation, World's Greatest Dad is a surprisingly sweet and tender affair. show more

  • 50
    The Hollywood Reporter

    Dunderheaded delirium from writer-director Bobcat Goldthwait. show more

See all critic reviews on metacritic.com

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