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World's Greatest Dad (2009)

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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Box Office

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

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$221,210 (USA) (20 November 2009)
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DIRECTOR_CAMEO(Bobcat Goldthwait): The driver who takes Robin Williams' character to the talk show. See more »

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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 »

Quotes

Claire: So, do you play sports?
Kyle: No, I'm a big spaz like my dad.
Lance Clayton: Well, I was in the dive team in college.
Kyle: Diving's not really a sport; it's falling.
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The Creeper, (High)
Written by Tom Kenny, Darius Holbert, Gerald Brunskill (as Jerry Brunskill), Ryan Rees and Andy Paley
Performed by Tom Kenny, Darius Holbert, Gerald Brunskill (as Jerry Brunskill), Ryan Rees, Andy Paley, Ben Kishaba, and Mike Bolger
Courtesy of Wow and Flutter 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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