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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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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)  »

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O Melhor Pai do Mundo  »

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

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$221,210 (USA) (20 November 2009)
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In a poignant line in the film, Dr. Pentola states: "Suicide is a permanent solution for a temporary problem." Unfortunately, five years after the film's release, Williams died by means of suicide. See more »

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Early on in the movie, Kyle's computer monitor changes from a bulky white one to a thin black one. Later on in the movie, Lance buys him the black monitor. See more »

Quotes

Kyle: Bruce Hornsby's a fag.
Lance Clayton: He's got kids, Kyle.
Kyle: You have a kid. And you're a fag.
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References The Oprah Winfrey Show (1986) See more »

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Under Pressure
Written by David Bowie, Freddie Mercury, Brian May, John Deacon and Roger Taylor
Performed by Queen & David Bowie
Licensed courtesy of EMI Records Ltd and Queen Productions Ltd.; Courtesy of RZO Music; Courtesy of Hollywood Records
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Fantastic Film!
20 January 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Just watched this at the Sundance Film Festival. Absolutely great film. Dark, smart comedy in the spirit of Rushmore. The Bobcat is BACK! Very good cast; great soundtrack. He uses very real issues to simply tell a story about the relationship between an ungrateful punk kid and a painfully weak father. In the Q&A after the film, Bobcat pointed out that most of the comedies being made these days are basically R-rated films made for 13-year-olds (mindless, raunchy, etc.). World's Greatest Dad is a comedy for adults: insightful, original, uncomfortable at times...hilarious. Robin Williams manages to be miserable, mean, touching, and funny without any conflict at all, an inspired break from his traditional roles.


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