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World's Greatest Dad -- Robin Williams stars as Lance Clayton, 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 (Daryl Sabara) is an insufferable jackass who won't give his father the time of day.  He is dating Claire (Alexie Gilmore), 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
World's Greatest Dad -- Lance is a high school teacher who protects his family from shame following the embarrassing accidental death of his son. Lance writes a fake suicide note to cover up the death, but without permission the note is published and becomes an unexpected hit. Keen to be a successful author, Lance produces an entire journal which he passes off as his son's.

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Director:
Writer (WGA):
Bobcat Goldthwait (written by)
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Release Date:
24 September 2010 (Ireland) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Lance Clayton is about to get everything he deserves.
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
1 nomination See more »
User Reviews:
Way to go Bobcat See more (118 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)

Robin Williams ... Lance

Daryl Sabara ... Kyle Clayton
Morgan Murphy ... Morgan

Naomi Glick ... Ginger
Dan Spencer ... Dan Spencer

Geoff Pierson ... Principal Anderson

Henry Simmons ... Mike Lane

Zach Sanchez ... Peter

Alexie Gilmore ... Claire Reed

Evan Martin ... Andrew

Ellie Jameson ... Jennifer

Michael Thomas Moore ... Chris (as Michael Moore)
Ray Mist ... Metal Kid (as Alles Mist)

Jermaine Williams ... Jason

Lorraine Nicholson ... Heather

Mitzi McCall ... Bonnie

Rebecca Erwin Spencer ... Nosy Neighbor

Cheri Minns ... Nosy Neighbor
Zazu ... Nosy Neighbor

Tony V. ... Dr. Pentola

Krist Novoselic ... Newsstand Vendor
Mable Mae ... Mabel
Zoe ... The Fighting Pug

Tom Kenny ... Jerry Klein

Jill Talley ... Make-Up Woman

Toby Huss ... Bert Green
Deborah Horne ... Dr. Dana

Bruce Hornsby ... Bruce Hornsby
Riley Dean Stone ... Bruce Hornsby's Mic Stand
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Steve Anderson ... News Crew - Boom Holder (uncredited)
Danielle Barnum ... Fantasy Girl (uncredited)
Heidi Barrientes ... Fantasy Girl (uncredited)

Wayne Bastrup ... TV Crew Member (uncredited)
Constance Best ... Bookstore Fan (uncredited)
Breighana Campion ... Student / Girl Reading Newspaper (uncredited)

Brittany Christine ... Fantasy Girl (uncredited)
Gemma Clarke ... Student (uncredited)

Julian Curelop ... Student (uncredited)
Gary ... Low Income Person (uncredited)

Bobcat Goldthwait ... Chaffeur (uncredited)
Brandii R. Grace ... Student (uncredited)
Anne Sheridan Kennedy ... Teacher (uncredited)
Richard Kilpatrick ... Student (uncredited)

John Misner ... Book Publisher (uncredited)
Crystal Rainbow Mort ... Student (uncredited)
T.J. Newton ... Teacher (uncredited)

Melissa Pang ... Beautiful LA Person (uncredited)

Andra Petru ... Fantasy Girl (uncredited)
Richard Scott ... Basketball Player (uncredited)
Mara Stevë ... Low Income Housing Person (uncredited)

Peter Weinstein ... Publisher (uncredited)

Directed by
Bobcat Goldthwait 
 
Writing credits
(WGA)
Bobcat Goldthwait (written by)

Produced by
Sarah de Sa Rego .... co-producer
Howard Gertler .... producer
Ted Hamm .... executive producer (as Edward H. Hamm Jr.)
Richard Kelly .... producer
Sean McKittrick .... producer
Tim Perell .... producer
Jennifer Roth .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Gerald Brunskill 
 
Cinematography by
Horacio Marquínez 
 
Film Editing by
Jason Stewart 
 
Casting by
Ruth Lambert 
Robert McGee 
 
Production Design by
John Paino 
 
Set Decoration by
Rachel M. Thompson 
 
Costume Design by
Sarah de Sa Rego 
 
Makeup Department
Danyale Cook .... makeup artist
Akemi Hart .... key hair stylist
Cheri Minns .... hair stylist: Mr. Williams
Cheri Minns .... makeup artist: Mr. Williams
Jennifer Popochock .... hair stylist
Jennifer Popochock .... makeup artist
Jennifer Popochock .... special makeup effects artist
Dawn Tunnell .... makeup department head
 
Production Management
Zita Mazzola .... production supervisor
Matthew Shapiro .... post-production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Mariela Comitini .... first assistant director
Sebastian Mazzola .... second second assistant director
Trish 'The Dish' Stanard .... key second assistant director
 
Art Department
Brady J. Condit .... on-set dresser
Jeffrey W. Crow .... set dresser
Lisa De Alva .... property mistress
Andrea Dupras .... art department coordinator
Vincent Ferris .... property assistant
Cdavid Hall-cottrill .... property master: on-set
Robert Kramer .... art department intern
Oscar Lofgren .... carpenter
Kenneth Milfred .... leadman
Shefskie Paba .... carpenter
Beth Peterson .... painter
Kevin L. Raper .... graphic artist
Jeff Ringer .... lead painter
Christopher Scott .... art department intern
Ed Vance .... set dresser
Nick Worsfold .... greensman
 
Sound Department
Dan L. Brock .... sound
Lisa K. Fowle .... sound designer
Andy Hay .... sound re-recording mixer
Samuel Lehmer .... sound re-recording mixer
Donald Lyles .... adr mixer
David Marcus .... director of sound services
Robert Marts .... production sound mixer
Harrison Meyle .... dialogue editor
Harrison Meyle .... dialogue supervisor
Jeffrey A. Pitts .... sound effects editor
Vance Walden .... adr recordist
Scott Waters .... boom operator
 
Visual Effects by
Ian T. Barbella .... visual effects coordinator
Shane Cook .... compositing supervisor: Gradient FX
Dylan Highsmith .... visual effects editor
Christopher Ide .... post production assistant
Mark Kolpack .... visual effects producer
Olcun Tan .... executive effects producer: Gradient Effects
Thomas Tannenberger .... executive effects producer: Gradient Effects
Cameron Thomas .... compositor: Gradient FX
Bob Froehlig .... lead systems engineer: Gradient Effects (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Tim Henderson .... assistant stunt coordinator
Michael Hilow .... stunt coordinator
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Mark L. Anderson .... first assistant camera
Mark L. Anderson .... underwater camera operator
Garrett Cantrell .... grip
Mark J. Coyne .... Steadicam operator
Brianne Cronkhite .... second assistant camera
Will Emery .... camera loader
Bruce Henderson .... dolly grip
Neil Holcomb .... gaffer
Mexico Jacobson .... best boy grip
Ludovic Littee .... assistant camera
Paul Mailman .... b camera operator
Theresa Majeres .... grip
Ryan Middleton .... grip
Chris Purkiss .... electrician
Phil Rezek .... lighting technician
David Robinson .... set lighting technician
Jeremiah Skender .... electrician
Gregory D. Smith .... key grip
Bryan 'fro' Waters .... grip
Bob Webeck .... b camera operator
Coty James .... grip (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Denise Gibbs .... casting: seattle
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Nikki Bartnick .... costumer: Mr. Williams (as Nikki Paulson)
Teresa Purkiss .... costumer (as Teresa Hill)
 
Editorial Department
Paul Bronkar .... digital intermediate colorist
Christine Carr .... digital intermediate producer
Stacy Katzman .... assistant editor
Mark Kolpack .... digital intermediate producer
 
Music Department
Z. Berg .... vocalist
Mike Bolger .... musician: trumpet and trombone
Linda Cohen .... music supervisor
Annabelle de Leon .... vocalist
David Marcus .... musician: guitar
Colleen Stewart .... music coordinator
 
Transportation Department
Grady Hughes .... driver
Ronnie King .... transportation coordinator
David Nugent .... driver: Robin Williams
John Petty .... driver
William Powell .... driver
Bart Heimburger .... driver (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Blake Alexander .... accounting intern
Steve Berman .... completion bond
Constance Best .... extras assistant
Adam Bryant .... stand-in for Robin Williams
Devin Z. Clarke .... location intern
John 'JR' Craigmile .... post accounting
Jeff Culotta .... production executive
Dave Drummond .... assistant location manager
Morgan Elizabeth .... extras assistant
Kimbette Fenol .... assistant: Richard Kelly
Cynthia Garcia Walker .... production accountant (as Cynthia Walker)
Denise Gibbs .... extras coordinator
Zachary Gordon .... production assistant
Aurore Guyot .... assistant to the producer
Lindsey Johnson .... assistant production office coordinator
Ilona Síkhegyi Kelly .... location production assistant
Uyen Le .... production legal
Traci Martin .... first assistant accountant
Viki Parker-Crays .... second assistant accountant (as Viki Parker)
Merritt Riley .... production assistant
Stephen Robinson .... assistant to producer
Ryn Rulison .... production assistant
Kyle Seago .... production assistant
Matthew Shapiro .... production associate
Rebecca Erwin Spencer .... assistant: Mr. Williams
Paul Tennis .... production staff
Joey Vea .... production assistant
Robert S. Wilhelm Jr. .... production assistant
Mark Wygant .... location manager
Jacob Leander .... stand-in (uncredited)
 
Thanks
Jimmy Kimmel .... the producers wish to thank
 

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MPAA:
Rated R for language, crude and sexual content, some drug use and disturbing images
Runtime:
99 min
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Color:
Color (Alphacine)
Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
Director Cameo: [Bobcat Goldthwait]The driver who takes Robin Williams' character to the talk show.See more »
Goofs:
Factual errors: After Kyle's journal is published, the motivational sign over the blackboard in Mike's classroom reads "Hard work is it's own reward". There is no apostrophe in "its" when it is used as a possessive. Mike teaches creative writing.See more »
Quotes:
Lance Clayton:Come on now, Kyle, you must be passionate about something.
Kyle:You wanna know what I like? I like looking at vaginas.
Lance Clayton:Oh.
Kyle:All day long.
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Movie Connections:
References Terror by Night (1946)See more »
Soundtrack:
The Creeper, (High)See more »

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76 out of 101 people found the following review useful.
Way to go Bobcat, 21 August 2009
Author: Jerry Lambert from Bluefield WV

This is one of the best films I have seen in awhile. I have heard complaints that the acting is terrible, the acting wasn't bad at all. The characters were supposed to be very shallow and that shallowness was heavily exaggerated. But when the acting needed to be there it came across at magnum force. I would say that much of the movie has a cartoony feel, maybe that is because the only other work I would compare this film to is South Park. They amplify each characters ego and traits to the point it is cartoonish but it works very well in this film, as well as South Park. It switches back and forth between comedy and drama to the point you don't know what you are watching. Maybe many people didn't appreciate it for this reason. But then there are some weirdos that don't like South Park either. Go figure.

You could look at this film in a few ways, it makes you question things. At first it appears that the Dad is doing the right thing for his Son, then for his students and then for himself. You keep wondering where or if he will draw the line. It also makes you wonder what people will do for attention even if they must be a muse. It makes me wonder how many times something like this has occurred in the real world and how many times we have read or heard about it.

Robin Williams should be proud of this one, Oscar worthy performance. Daryl Sabara is incredible. He has covered quite a bit in his short career but this one should put him in the special class of young actors. I really liked Lorraine Nicholson's character Heather, she pulled off the Goth chick flawlessly. I also enjoyed the little shout out to Simon Pegg when Lance is talking to his neighbor about zombie movies.

Bottom line, many people will not connect with this film because it is very "artsy" and somewhat taboo. But it is a great film. Way to go Bobcat!

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