Tuesday, January 5, 2010

World's Greatest Dad - DVD Review


Starring Robin Williams, Alexie Gilmore, Daryl Sabara, Geoff Pierson, Henry Simmons, Mitzi McCall, Evan Martin and Bruce Hornsby.
Directed by Bobcat Goldthwait.

I'd intended on skipping this, but when it made more than one Top Ten list, I remembered to myself that Robin Williams has a pretty decent track record on indie films the past decade or so, and this wound up proving to be no exception. Bobcat Goldwthwait, who redeems himself here for Shakes the Clown, has written a darkly funny (we're talking Heathers-dark) film about the uncomfortable relationship between struggling dad Lance (Williams) and his grumpy son Kyle (Spy Kids' Daryl Sabara).

I hesitate to give away the inciting incident, but suffice to say, Lance's relationships at home and school change for the better over a lie, so Lance must now walk the tightrope to keep his house of cards from falling. Williams (he did win an Oscar once) is very good at keeping three or four emotions on his face simultaneously, and the ending, well, it uses "Under Pressure" to good effect.

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