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Film: World's Greatest Dad

Heathers meets Dead Poets Society WITH A NUDE ROBIN WILLIAMS!

Well, not quite. While Robin Williams does play a poetry teacher, and there is the faking of a suicide note, there is much, much more to the film than that.

Robin Williams is Lance Clayton, a poetry teacher, as noted above. However, unlike John Keating, his class is very unpopular and he does not inspire his students at all. He is also a struggling writer who has not been able to get anything published. His girlfriend, Claire, is a pretty young art teacher, but she seems to be spending a lot of time with the handsome and charming English teacher Mike. And as if all that wasn't bad enough, his son, Kyle, is a surly, porn-obsessed, misogynist, Jerkass.

Much like Psycho, most of the film's plot is driven by a Spoiler that happens early on in the film. However, the film is not old enough for this to be a case of It Was His Sled / All There Is to Know About "The Crying Game".

This film was made in 2008 and opened at Sundance in early 2009, and is now on DVD and Blu-Ray. It was directed by Bobcat Goldthwait, who also directed Shakes the Clown (in which Robin has an uncredited cameo) and Sleeping Dogs Lie, a romantic comedy where a girl reveals she fellated a dog in college and her relationships start to fall apart (We don't make these things up, folks).

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Whip ItFilms of 2005 - 2009 Year One

alternative title(s): Worlds Greatest Dad
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