Owen Gleiberman
August 28, 2009 AT 04:00 AM EDT

World's Greatest Dad

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
R
runtime
99 minutes
Limited Release Date
08/21/09
performer
Daryl Sabara, Robin Williams, Tom Kenny
director
Bobcat Goldthwait
distributor
Magnolia Pictures
genre
Comedy

We gave it a B+

World’s Greatest Dad, Bobcat Goldthwait’s latest garishly potty-mouthed and over-the-top black comedy, blows up every rule of taste, good cinema, and common sense, and somehow gets away with it. Robin Williams plays a high school poetry teacher despised by his awful, sullen, computer-porn-addicted son (Daryl Sabara). Without revealing too much, let’s just say that a flowery suicide note turns the kid into a figure of worship — and the movie into a toxic satire? of celebrity, hypocrisy, and the power of idiotic suggestion. Williams hasn’t been this sympathetic in years. B+

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