As I mentioned since the death of Robin Williams, I’ve been catching up on all his films that I had missed. I don’t even remember World’s Greatest Dad coming out in 2009, but eventually learned of it a few years ago. Unlike some of his works, this one has plenty of dark humor.
The film begins with the dreadful life of Lance Clayton, a high-school poetry teacher. He wants be an author, but nobody wants to read his work. His class has very few students, and his girlfriend keeps missing their dates. But the worst of all is his son Kyle, who is obnoxious, dumb, and has only one friend.
Kyle dies in a embarrassing accident, and Lance ghost-writes many things that were supposedly by Kyle. He writes a grand journal to give depressed students hope in their lives, and it is quite successful. Everyone who hated Kyle loves his memory, but his harmless idea spins terribly out of control.
Overall I didn’t think I would like World’s Greatest Dad that much, but I was very surprised. I enjoyed the sense of humor, Williams’ role as Lance Clayton, and Daryl Sabara as Kyle Clatyon. It isn’t the best of Robin Williams’ movies, but I’m not complaining.