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World's Greatest Dad -- A comedy about a man (ROBIN WILLIAMS) who learns that the things you want most may not be the things that make you happy, and that being lonely is not necessarily the same as being alone.
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:
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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

Zachary Vitale ... Peter (as Zach Sanchez)

Alexie Gilmore ... Claire Reed

Evan Martin ... Andrew

Ellie Jameson ... Jennifer

Michael Thomas Moore ... Chris (as Michael Moore)
Ray Buckley ... 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
Edward H. Hamm Jr. .... executive producer
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
cdavid cottrill .... property master: on-set (as Cdavid Hall-cottrill)
Jeffrey W. Crow .... set dresser
Lisa De Alva .... property mistress
Andrea Dupras .... art department coordinator
Vincent Ferris .... property assistant
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
Tomasz Dukszta .... foley mixer: additional foley artist
Lisa K. Fowle .... sound designer
Andy Hay .... sound re-recording mixer
Samuel Lehmer .... sound re-recording mixer
Donald Lyles .... adr mixer
Maciek Malish .... supervising foley editor
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
Otis Sherman .... set intern
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)
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
Robin Williams, Bobcat Goldthwait and Tom Kenny all acted in the movie "Shakes the Clown".See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: The footprints Kyle leaves on the glovebox in his dad's car change position when his dad looks at them again after Kyle's death.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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10 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
Never judge a box by its cover, 10 May 2012
Author: They-Call-Me-Steve from Canada

When World's Greatest Dad first came out I knew nothing of it. Completely slipped under my radar. Judging by the box however, I automatically assumed it was going to be a silly Robin Williams family comedy along the lines of Old Dogs or R.V. and I avoided it. How wrong I was on that assumption .....

Recently I read an interview with Bobcat where he talked about this, plus another movie he made concerning bestiality (Stay, or Sleeping Dogs Lie, depending on who you ask I guess) and I was like "really? Bobcat made this?" so I looked it up. With positive memories of Shakes the Clown, plus a good understanding of Bobcat's twisted side (Post-Police Academy days that is) World's Greatest Dad became a must see title for me. Coincidentally a couple days later I found it for $4 in a clearance section so I grabbed it .....

I went in not knowing what to expect, but from the Bobcat interview, I had a basic idea of its dark tone. I knew there was gonna be some unexpected twists, and that it was not going to be a typical family comedy as the title/box art might suggest, but I had no idea it was gonna be quite like this. For the record, I say that in a good way. It would be difficult for me to say anymore without giving away any spoilers, so I'll leave it at this: World's Greatest Dad was incredible, and refreshing for its originality. If you can appreciate comedy with an unforgiving cynicism and a dark side then watch this movie with a clean slate and an open mind, you won't be disappointed.

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