USA, 2009, 100 minutes
Sat, April 25 / 9:00 / Kabuki / WORL25K
Sun, April 26 / 7:45 / Kabuki / WORL26K
“In World’s Greatest Dad, a wickedly funny dark comedy, Lance (Robin Williams) is a high school poetry teacher who dreams of becoming a rich and famous writer. A single father, he tries desperately to connect with his teenage son, Kyle (Daryl Sabara), an insolent, hormone-raging smartass who defies his dad at every turn. Lance exercises his own hormones with Claire (Alexie Gilmore), a painfully adorable art teacher who may have her eyes on a bigger prize. After a freak accident, Lance suddenly faces both the worst tragedy of his life and the greatest opportunity. Lance treads a path that could land him everything he’s ever dreamed of, as long as he can live with the knowledge of how he got there. Alexie Gilmore is cheeky and Daryl Sabara is droll incarnate but it’s the outstanding performance by Robin Williams that propels World’s Greatest Dad. Writer/director and longtime comedian Bobcat Goldthwait comes up with another lusciously perverse and refreshingly original comedy that tackles love, loss and our curious quest for infamy,” Sundance Film Festival. “A low-key satire of literary fraud and morbid personality cults. . . . Goldthwaite’s script turns into a surprisingly restrained, focused sendup of the blind adulation often bestowed on flawed personalities once they croak too soon. . . . The knack for handling outrageous ideas with deadpan directorial restraint that Goldthwaite suggested in prior features and TV work has evolved further here, as has his screenwriting sophistication,” Dennis Harvey, Variety.