The Darker Side of Robin Williams
The title leads you to believe that this is another crazy family comedy starring Robin Williams that the whole family could enjoy. The poster, however, deceives the title and shows a lonely and tired Robin. Written and directed by popular 80s comedian Bobcat Goldthwait the story is told in a darkly comedic and satirical tone. Similar to his later and even darker film "God Bless
Robin plays Lance Clayton a struggling writer who has yet to have anything published. Although he is very persistent he is on the verge of giving up all hope. His day job is a high school English teacher at the school his teenage son currently attends. To put it bluntly his son Kyle is just an asshole on every level. He does, however, have one loyal friend in Andrew who lives next door. A nice kid who really only stays over at to escape his own horrific home life. Lance is divorced and only half-heartedly tries to control Kyle. After so many years of trying he is starting to give on him too.
Lance loves all of the attention he is getting from the news media, publishers and colleagues. In a twisted sort of way his, all his dreams are coming true. But when the school plans to rename the library in honor of Kyle, he must draw the line and finally come clean about the whole ordeal. He admits his own son was a jerk and nobody paid any attention to him when he was alive. The movie makes a statement on the greedy nastiness of the news media. How Kyle's suicide was just another product to be sold to the American public. It was never really about Kyle, but how other people could profit from his death. Something Lance got swept up in but was finally able to come to his senses and morn his son died.
In light of Robin's own tragic suicide "World's Greatest Dad's" has an even more eerie feel to it. At one point his character utters the line "Suicide is a permanent solution to a temporary problem." Sadly less than five years later Robin was unable to take Lance's advice.