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World's Greatest Dad (2009)

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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.

Director:

Bobcat Goldthwait
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Robin Williams ... Lance
Daryl Sabara ... Kyle Clayton
Morgan Murphy ... Morgan
Naomi Glick ... Ginger
Dan Spencer Dan Spencer ... Dan Spencer
Geoff Pierson ... Principal Anderson
Henry Simmons ... Mike Lane
Zach Sanchez-Vitale ... Peter (as Zach Sanchez)
Alexie Gilmore ... Claire Reed
Evan Martin ... Andrew
Ellyn Jameson ... Jennifer (as Ellie Jameson)
Michael Thomas Moore Michael Thomas Moore ... Chris (as Michael Moore)
Ray Buckley ... Metal Kid (as Alles Mist)
Jermaine Williams ... Jason
Lorraine Nicholson ... Heather
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Storyline

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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Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language, crude and sexual content, some drug use and disturbing images | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 September 2010 (Ireland) See more »

Also Known As:

O Melhor Pai do Mundo See more »

Filming Locations:

Seattle, Washington, USA

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,675, 21 August 2009, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$221,210, 20 November 2009
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color (Alphacine)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Writer/director Bobcat Goldthwait and actor Geoff Pierson (who plays the principal) starred together in the television series Unhappily Ever After (1995). See more »

Goofs

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

Dr. Dana: I want to read this: "Is it more important for me to be a good person, or to be thought of as a good person? I'm so sick of living a life in fear of being found out for the phony I am. A life where I don't trust anyone's intentions, including my own."
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Connections

References Jerry Maguire (1996) See more »

Soundtracks

Sneaking Up on Boo Radley
Written and Performed by Bruce Hornsby
Courtesy of The RCA Records Label
By arrangement with SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT
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The Most Brilliant Film of The Year!
20 August 2009 | by akita88See all my reviews

I think Robin Williams portrayed his character extremely well. His mix of emotion, sarcasm and humbleness flowed together excellently whilst moving consecutively, and concurrently at times. Robin Williams has shown time and time again that he is not just a rifting comedian but instead a true artist and lover of his craft, this film is no exception. Daryl Sabara has branched out into a medium of film I truly think he belongs. Who would have thought the little boy from Spy Kids could be so inviting as such a rightfully harsh and depraved character. I think this proves Bobcat Goldwaith as much more than people's general perception of him. Genius cast, genius writing, GENIUS FILM.


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