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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.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Lance
... Kyle Clayton
... Morgan
... Ginger
Dan Spencer ... Dan Spencer
... Principal Anderson
... Mike Lane
... Peter (as Zach Sanchez)
... Claire Reed
... Andrew
... Jennifer (as Ellie Jameson)
Michael Thomas Moore ... Chris (as Michael Moore)
... Metal Kid (as Alles Mist)
... Jason
... Heather
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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)  »

Also Known As:

O Melhor Pai do Mundo  »

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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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1.85 : 1
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Robin Williams, Bobcat Goldthwait and Tom Kenny all acted in the movie Shakes the Clown (1991). See more »

Goofs

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 »

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Lance Clayton: If you're that depressed, reach out to someone, and remember, suicide is a permanent solution to temporary problems.
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Features Night of the Living Dead (1968) See more »

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Under Pressure
Written by David Bowie, Freddie Mercury, Brian May, John Deacon and Roger Taylor
Performed by Queen & David Bowie
Licensed courtesy of EMI Records Ltd and Queen Productions Ltd.; Courtesy of RZO Music; Courtesy of Hollywood Records
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Bobcat makes an impressive outing
18 August 2009 | by See all my reviews

This movie worked very well as a dark comedy. It followed no set boundaries and goes its own way. The results are incredibly dark, sometimes being almost twisted. There are some scenes where the viewer doesn't know whether to laugh or feel sad. Robin Williams delivers his best performance in a while as Lance Clayton, a struggling writer striving for success and hell-bent on not dying alone. I personally found it rather impressive that it was both written and directed by Bobcat Goldthwait because I'm personally not too big of a fan of his stand-up and this was a far departure from it. However, the one thing that I saw as holding the movie back was its climax, which I believed took the right route, but could have been more powerful or had a bit more of a sting to it. Overall, this movie, like Observe and Report released earlier in 2009, won't be for everyone, but it works very well in its own way.


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