World's Greatest Dad (I) (2009)

R  |   |  Comedy, Drama  |  24 September 2010 (Ireland)
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When his son's body is found in a humiliating accident, a lonely high school teacher inadvertently attracts an overwhelming amount of community and media attention after covering up the truth with a phony suicide note.


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Metal Kid (as Alles Mist)


Lance Clayton is a man who has learned to settle. He dreamed of being a rich and famous writer, but has only managed to make it as a high school poetry teacher. His only son Kyle is an insufferable jackass who won't give his father the time of day. Lance is dating Claire, the school's adorable art teacher, but she doesn't want to get serious -- or even acknowledge publicly that they are dating. Then, in the wake of a freak accident, Lance suffers the worst tragedy and greatest opportunity of his life. He is suddenly faced with the possibility of all the fame, fortune and popularity he ever dreamed of, if he can only live with the knowledge of how he got there. Written by andrew mcgraime

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Lance Clayton is about to get everything he deserves.


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Rated R for language, crude and sexual content, some drug use and disturbing images | See all certifications »

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24 September 2010 (Ireland)  »

Also Known As:

O Melhor Pai do Mundo  »

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$4,675 (USA) (21 August 2009)


$221,210 (USA) (20 November 2009)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Krist Novoselic:  The newspaper vendor who hugs Lance. Novoselic is a rock musician, best known as the bassist of Nirvana. Furthermore, it is well known that Nirvana's frontman Kurt Cobain committed suicide and director Bobcat Goldthwait was a close friend of Cobain's. See more »


When Lance dives in the pool naked, you can see in the air bubbles a pair of shorts on the stunt double just after he enters the water that were cleverly edited out later in the scene. See more »


Andrew: You know what's strange about the book?
Lance Clayton: What?
Andrew: Kyle never talks about vaginas, anal sex, fisting, felching, or rimjobs.
Lance Clayton: Yeah, it is a little light in the felching area, you're right. But I think it's there, Andrew, in its own way.
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References Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005) See more »


It's a Good Day
Written by Dave Barbour (as David M. Barbour) and Peggy Lee
Performed by Peggy Lee
Courtesy of Cassidy Music, LLC
Under license from South Bay Music Group
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Everyone will find himself in this movie
13 September 2009 | by (Macedonia, (The Former Yugoslav Republic of)) – See all my reviews

I saw this movie two weeks ago, because a friend of mine told me that it's a good dark comedy. I like dark humor, but I really didn't expected such a strong movie like this. When someone mention "a dark comedy", I usually think about "Don't be a menace to the South Central while drinking your juice in the hood".

But, this is something different. Something that, if you are not psychically prepared, will hit you hard enough and make you feel sick. Robin Williams is a hell of an actor. I like his performances, and really appreciate what he has done for Hollywood.

"World's greatest dad" is one of the best movies of the year. It's something that everyone will find a line of his character in this movie. It's about how ironical the life can be, and how people threat others, and what an egoistic creatures we are. I gave him 10/10, because it's one of the most important movies of the year, a movie that you must watch once in your life and face the truth that the worst thing in life is not to end up all alone, but to end up with people who make you feel all alone.

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