Wednesday, September 9, 2009

World's Greatest Dad
(with Bobcat Goldthwait Q&A)

Holy s&&t. Best black comedy since Heathers. And this movie is the sister to Heathers. Let's start this way. I love the movie Heathers. One of the gems I was able to catch having pay cable as a kid. Vanguard Tuesday on Cinemax. I grew up thinking the term vanguard meant "awesome". A strange tale of a farcical high school. Kids murder, blow up, rally together. What is going on here? Shot in the "Cybil Sheppard" frost lenses, the whole movie is like a dream. That's what I thought WGD(World's Greatest Dad) was going to be. I wish this movie was coming out closer to the release of OLD DOGS, just for the chance that some idiot family were going to that and went in to WGD instead.

For the most part, black comedies don't work. You fall into two categories. Either you go too far and really lose the comedy (Death to Smoochy, Very Bad Things) or you don't go far enough and end up being tame. This movie does both. Goes to far and is too funny. Which is why it sticks the landing regardless of losing steam toward the end of the movie.

You really want to go into this movie knowing as little as possible. Here's what I will give you. Robin Williams plays a single dad. His son hates him. This is the story of their life. Most of the jokes come from the outlandish behavior of everyone involved. The movie takes a lot of shots at a lot of people. A recent event that took America by storm just happened to coincidentally be a part of the plot of WGD.

The writer /director is Bobcat Goldthwait. Yes, Hot to Trot, Police Academy 2-4 Bobcat. He was there for a post film Q&A. All the problems I had with Mike Judge not being a great interview, were not an issue with Bobcat. He said his biggest fear is at his funeral, there will be a big picture of him in a Police Academy uniform.

He started strong with his post acting career with Shake's the Clown. Anyone who has never heard of it, check it out. Bobcat said he refuses to be a part of the Hollywood machine, because as soon as he does, then he can't make fun of it. His films do suffer from small releases because of it, but he doesn't let that affect his work. If you see a post on Craigs list looking for people to work on a film and it has his name on it, it probably really is him.

Did you enjoy it?
Oh yes. Biggest surprise of the fall (don't split hairs with me, if kids are in school, its fall).

Would you see it in theaters again?

Would you rent it?

Would you buy it?

Would you watch it if you saw it was on TV?


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