Flash Movie Review: World’s Greatest Dad
The words have stayed with me ever since I first heard someone say, “Just because you love them doesn’t mean you always have to like them.” At the time it did not make much sense; but the more I thought about it, the more I started to understand it. There have been people who did something that I felt was hurtful. Before I understood those words, I would take that person’s actions to heart, coloring our whole relationship. Now when a person does something that I may not like, I do not take it as a personal attack on my relationship with them. In a similar line of thought, how does a parent deal with a child that is not being likable? One answer can be found in this twisted dark comedy by writer and director Bobcat Goldthwait (God Bless America, Stay). Private school student Kyle Clayton, played by Daryl Sabara (Spy Kids, John Carter), was a miserable kid. Offensive, crude and rude; he was an unlikeable character. His father Lance, played by Robin Williams (August Rush, Man of the Year), was a poetry teacher at the same school. When Kyle wound up in an embarrassing incident, Lance created a story of explanation that took a life of is own. With the strong language used and its dark humor, this dramatic comedy may not be enjoyable for some of you. It was hard to tell if Robin was really acting or just being himself; I notice that in a lot of his roles. However, with this character he did an admirable job. Some scenes were outrageous to the point of disbelief, but they still were able to bring across the underlying satire. I loved the whole idea of the student body and teachers having a quick change of attitude, coming together in a take up the cause type of mentality. Personally, I never understood how people could suddenly become loving to someone who was simply nasty. Talk about having false idols; this was a fractured family in a crazy comedy.
2 3/4 stars — DVD