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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 »
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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:
It's never easy being a parent See more (116 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)

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 (Alphacine)
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Trivia:
The following classic movies are mentioned in a single scene: The Birdcage (1996), Sweet Charity (1969), All That Jazz (1979), Cabaret (1972), The Sound of Music (1965), Star 80 (1983), Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (1971) and Young Frankenstein (1974).See more »
Goofs:
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): When Mike is reading the coroner's report, where it says manner of death, "natural" is checked off instead of "suicide".See more »
Quotes:
Lance Clayton:I used to think the worst thing in life was to end up all alone. It's not. The worst thing in life is ending up with people who make you feel all alone.See more »
Movie Connections:
Soundtrack:
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25 out of 34 people found the following review useful.
It's never easy being a parent, 17 September 2009
Author: moviemanMA from Massachusetts

Suburbia has transformed from an innocent place with friendly neighbors to a world full of miserable, sometimes disturbed people, dreams deferred, and earth-shattering secrets. From this year's Sundance Film Festival we have Bobcat Goldthwait's dark comedy World's Greatest Dad, we delve once again into the unknown of Any Town, USA.

This film mainly takes place in a school setting, but the themes and conflicts that arise coincide with those found in other films about suburbia. Robin Williams stars as struggling writer Lance Clayton. He lives with his son Kyle (Daryl Sabara), a porn obsessed, perverted teenager who attends the private school Lance teaches a not-so-popular poetry elective. There is tough love between the two. It's a typical teenager vs. the parent relationship only the censors have been turned off.

Lance is dating another teacher on staff, Claire (Alexie Gillmore), who he suspects isn't totally committed to their relationship. Life isn't getting any easier for Lance who struggles to reach his students or find a publisher for his work. When things couldn't get any worse, Lance suffers a blow few could recover from. From tragedy comes opportunity and it is up to Lance to decide what is the right thing to do.

It would be wrong of me to give away the tragedy, but it is something that does occur in Any Town, USA. In fact it happened not too long ago just a town over from me. It's the first time I can think of it being used in a film, or at least of this magnitude. There are several times during the film that I felt uncomfortable, but not to the point of disgust. There are some pretty heavy issues handled here and I think it is tasteful.

Williams does a fine job, especially in the second half of the film. For a comedian I can imagine it being difficult to change emotionally like that, but Williams has proved time after time in films like Good Will Hunting, One Hour Photo, and Insomniac that he can play just about any role thrown at him. He has a presence that is very real and powerful.

I was surprised by Sabara's performance as Kyle. I had only seen him in Spy Kids so I really didn't know what to expect. He seemed to have a clear idea of who Kyle was and what is motives are.

Goldthwait, who also wrote the screenplay, tackles a lot of issues both for adults and teenagers. At first I thought the film was going to end up like last years Towelhead, a hodgepodge of issues and conflicts that are each could have been their own film, but here we have an even dosage of each, culminating to a great finale and realization by William's character.

The film isn't perfect. One thing I don't like films to do is talk about other films. I feel like it is only a way for the writer to show off his movie knowledge and personal views about certain movies, although one segment involving zombie movies is relevant to the story. Occasionally it can be beneficial. Some of the scenes were a bit overdone with cheesy, overused dialogue, and some of the deliveries felt like they were just saying their lines and not really connecting with them.

Overall I was impressed. Goldthwait is not a big time filmmaker but this is certainly a step in the right direction (he has acted in several films and worked on other projects behind the camera). Williams gives one of his better performances as of late, but he doesn't steal the show. I thought the story was good enough to stand on its own, which is a very good thing. I hope this film doesn't get completely overlooked this year. You should try to see this one if you can.

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