Goldthwait is not, therefore, a man to do the predictable. He is, however, a man with a grasp of not so much the underbelly of humanity, but more the whole fucked up nature of life, and the ability to skewer it through subtlety or the blackest of laughs.
The World’s Greatest Dad is another in the same vein and, more importantly, as good a film as Goldthwait’s made. It’s also another chance to see Robin Williams – who, to his credit, has been a long-time supporter of Goldthwait – give the sort of performance you wish he’d always give. Here, Williams shuns his apparent love of the sentimental in favour of a tale of a high school teacher who turns a somewhat unusual situation to his advantage. As Lance Clayton, Williams is believably put upon, both as a failed writer, a failing father, a struggling English teacher and a unappreciated boyfriend. His son, Kyle, is as obnoxious as kids come – a perverted, serious porn addict with a massive chip on both shoulders. His pupils resist all attempts to inspire them – a lovely about face from Dead Poets’ Society – a situation made worse by the arrival of good looking teacher Mike (Harris), who has just been published and seems to be making all the right moves on Lance’s art teacher girlfriend Claire (Gilmore).
For Lance’s life to turn around will require a dramatic catalyst, and he gets one. Other reviews have already given this away so look there for spoilers if you’re so inclined. Personally, I’d say go, enjoy the shock and then laugh guiltily as Lance spins the situation to his own benefit and, best of all, his own self amusement.
EXTRAS ★★½ Deleted scenes (3:34); outtakes (2:28); a music video for the song Deadly Syndrome (4:12); a Behind The Scenes featurette (18:35); and the theatrical trailer. A commentrary track with Godlthwait and Williams would have really been the icing on the cake.