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"Ernest Hemingway once said 'All I want to do is write one true sentence'... he also tried to scratch an itch on the back of his head with a shotgun."
The redband trailer can be found in the comments section (Thanks Milkman!)
1) There is a much better quote that I could've used, but I want to save that for people who actually watch the movie.
2) This is the most misleading trailer ever, while it is still pretty funny.
This movie is literally a dark comedy. Some people don't like this genre (while others praise it), some don't think it's an actual genre, and etc. But after much speculation... I realize that calling World's Greatest Dad a dark comedy is the only way to really describe it. The movie starts out crass, strong, semi-depressing, and vulgar. Most movies like this end up staying (and maybe even dumbing down a little) this way until the end with the "big" payoff. This movie is different in which it goes off the rails and becomes pretty f*cked up... it's shockingly messed up. But the plus side is that the movie manages to get so messed up, and yet manage to stay hilarious when messed up and when not messed up... it's the perfect balance. Several points of the humor comes from the special place of satire. A lot of the characters really make fun of kids you knew in high school and people around your workspace... it's insanely well done and brilliantly written in a subtle parody sense. Along with all of this, the movie pays off so well emotionally and basically overall. The ending feels so good and perfect, that I can call it genius. This is what Jody Hill (Observe and Report, The Foot Fist Way) is basically going for; a vulgar, dark comedy that brings people down to base and depresses them, until leading to and with true, heartfelt emotion. Sorry to side track like that, but it's just a comparison... and a way for me to bring up Jody Hill... damn he's going to make it big (I hope.) I digress. World's Greatest Dad is a satirical dark comedy that I wish I could spoil, but it's too special and important. There's a hidden layer of depth found here, and yet, the movie still manages to be hilarious and F*CKED UP (in aspects)... but it has a heart.
World's Greatest Dad is about Lance Clayton, an author who has not been able to get any of his 5 books published. Lance has a girlfriend, who is technically cheating on her The Rock look-a-like successful teacher boyfriend. Lance also has a son, who I can only describe as a huge piece of sh*t. This kid is disrespectful, loud, annoying, disgusting, vulgar, purely rude, and overall just a terrible individual. I'm not sugar coating it here, man. This kid is f*cked up and is just so mean to everybody, even his best friend Andrew (who's a vegetarian.) Yes, Lance's life is a subtle mix of miserable and semi-smooth. I truly wish I could continue with the story, but that would ruin the movie's charm kind of. You must come into the movie with an open mind of anything to happen other than small background information like I just gave you. The story goes bananas and in insanely strange directions which range from depressing, hilarious, and even heartwarming. Yes, despite all of the vulgarity and shocking moments, the movie can be considered and should be considered heartwarming. The movie actually gives off messages and themes, believe it or not. It's technically about greed and the people you surround yourself in everyday. Lance is faced with some moral choices which would lead him to an even more depressing life or the one he's always wanted. It's all about if what he chooses is right or wrong, and for who. In the end... it's almost poetic, the way this movie is written and shown off. I'm insanely proud of this film and director Bobcat Goldthwait (which is the best name I've heart in quite some time.) What Bobcat and crew did here is hilarious and truly beautiful.
I like the way this movie looks and feels. Bobcat never backed down from being I guess edgy and messed up. He manages to bring so much loud, curse filled, innuendo consisted comedy into this already depressing story and gets away with it. He doesn't apologize for anything, and it's genius in that way. Another way he manages to be funny is with the way it's shot. Some of the camera movement and editing add subtle humor, as well as just looking much better than many other movies. You can tell Bobcat wanted to not leave out the cinematography aspect out of the picture and have some movement going on (like Judd Apatow's Funny People and Kevin Smith's Clerks II.) The movie is so well rounded in almost every genre and aspect (even romance... shockingly.) And right by him, man. Everything looks good, especially the scenes of struggle and montages (which are ridiculously well cut, edited, and put together in a humorous yet devastating manner.) Even some still scenes were shot at great, random angles and with the camera bobbing around like a documentary, letting you feel like you're with the characters. It's this kind of stuff that give off an artistic sense that isn't just bullsh*ted, but rather well placed. There is also one specific scene that is so well done that it makes this movie a 5/5 from the way it's told and how it's shot. It's similar to Observe and Report's ending where it is damned hilarious and yet there is something there that is deeper and more profound than anything you've probably seen (well... than most things you've seen.)
The score and soundtrack is a mosh pit consisting of Napoleon Dynamite-esque keyboard muzak, indie piano rock, It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia bright almost holiday like music, Bruce Hornsby, and very interesting and well picked indie music. The use of the music is tragically brilliant, in the sense that almost every song used is either perfectly tuned for the emotion of the scene or just so contradicted of what the scene is giving off that it's kind of funny. It's strange having semi-happy music playing while such depressing stuff is occurring on screen... it's genius. The pacing of the scenes are so well matched with each piece of music... it feels like the music is the one controlling the scenes they're a part of. It's quite humorous at points, and even intense. The people in charge really knew how to slow down and show emotion at proper times (along with ones that are unexpected.) They know how to tug on your heartstrings. It's actually very heartwarming at times... even if it is such a small aspect that barely becomes huge for the movie, it affects it in a small but strong way when you hear it... especially the ending. Everything is well placed and timed... which just adds to the movie's ability to be so well rounded and interesting.
Kudos to the entire cast, honestly. Such a great job from everybody, even the overdone charicatures of high school students, like the jock, nerd, and goth (hell, there is a red-haired girl with glasses whose name is literally Ginger.) Honestly though, Robin Williams and Daryl Sabara (yup... the kid from Spy Kids) were the true stars. Robin's role of depressed but trying to be happy for others is so true to the people who actually have to act like this. How he deals with disappointment and shock is very human and honest, as well as the rest of how he acts. It's just so much like a regular man being dealt a terrible hand of cards (similar to Bryan Cranston in Breaking Bad... but less meth.) He's knowledgeable, and passionate about the stuff he loves, like zombie movies and in general writing. And when he relates to someone about such things, he's a smooth guy and knows what he's talking about... it's kinda cute. And most of all, Lance is a tragic character, mainly because he can be so much like someone you know, especially a father (C WAT I DID THUR?!) And it's hard seeing someone so similar to a close one to you being hurt badly and doing such strange things. Daryl's role as Robin's son is... is a brave one. The awkwardness around girls, the constant cursing and anger toward others (even ones you kind of love), the obscure ways of and consistent masturbation... it's such a strange role that requires a fearless one to do such things. In short, he's damned hilarious even if he is a little asshole... it's just funny how big of one he is. You might never meet such a kid in real life who is so offensive and disgusting... it's insanely unique and just mixed on how you feel about his character. You will hate him with a passion but find him kind of funny at points... then again the reason you'll find him funny is because he's such a big douche bag. I really don't know how to finish this off without saying any more... because damn Robin's and Daryl's roles are so well done that it makes the movie so much more interesting. It's great in so many ways.
I made the parallel to Jody Hill and his films several times already, and that's because they're insanely similar in how they will attract viewers. This movie will not be for everybody, but you must at least try it because if you end up liking it, you'll love it. This movie will offend people with it's harsh words, but for people who can look past this, you will find something truly beautiful (yes, I thought Observe and Report was beautiful.) I could've gone more in depth with the story, but honestly... such a small step into it here, and I would feel like I've ruined it for you. This movie feels important and people must see this, for as satirical as it is, it has some stuff that will be a wake up call for a lot of people who need to find happiness or even people who are hurtful to you and others and just don't know it. ...THIS MOVIE IS PRETTY DAMNED F*CKED UP. I've said this before, and I'll continue to say it. Hell, I say "genius" and "heartwarming" a little too much, but I just can't but help over emphasize it... this movie is really freaking good. Only some parts you'll see first and see as messed up, but as the story progresses, it just feels so wrong for many of the characters and their actions. And man how depressing it can get... director and writer Bobcat Goldthwait (I will never get tired of saying that) is a subtle, messed up genius. Despite all of this, it's freaking hilarious in it's writing, cinematic aspects, and actions. World's Greatest Dad is such a shocking movie... and yet is has something to say and show that is really beautiful and touching. Also, the ending is AMAZING... *cough*... sorry.
I can't say much more... go to a Best Buy and buy a copy of this movie. You must not miss out on this film.
5 well deserved stars out of 5