General Information

Poster for World's Greatest Dad
  • Directed by

    Bobcat Goldthwait

  • Screenplay by

    Bobcat Goldthwait

  • Music Composed by

    Jerry Brunskill

  • Theatrical Release Date

    August 21, 2009 (Limited)

  • DVD Release Date

    December 8, 2009 (Region 1 - North America)

  • Production Companies

    Darko Entertainment, Process Media, Jerkschool Productions, Cinetic Media

  • Distribution Company

    Magnolia Pictures (US)

Main Cast

  • Robin Williams

    Lance Clayton

  • Daryl Sabara

    Kyle Clayton

  • Alexie Gilmore

    Claire Reed

  • Mitzi McCall


  • Evan Martin


  • Dan Spencer

    Dan Spencer

  • Bobcat Goldthwait



As the saying goes, be careful what you wish for. In World's Greatest Dad, a wickedly funny dark comedy, Lance Clayton (Robin Williams) discovers that what he covets most in life may not be what makes him happy, and being lonely is not necessarily the same as being alone. Lance is a high school poetry teacher who dreams of becoming a rich and famous writer. A single father, he tries desperately to connect with his teenage son, Kyle (Daryl Sabara), an insolent, hormone-raging smartass who defies his dad at every turn. Lance exercises his own hormones with Claire (Alexie Gilmore), a painfully adorable art teacher who may have her eyes on a bigger prize. After a freak accident, Lance suddenly faces both the worst tragedy of his life, and the greatest opportunity. Determined to make lemonade from life's lemons, Lance treads a path that could land him everything he's ever dreamed of, as long as he can live with the knowledge of how he got there. Alexie Gilmore is cheeky and Daryl Sabara is droll incarnate but it's the outstanding performance by Robin Williams that propels World's Greatest Dad. Writer/director and longtime-comedian Bobcat Goldthwait returns to Sundance with another lusciously perverse, and refreshingly original comedy that tackles love, loss, and our curious quest for infamy.


  • Lance

    If you don't act right at dinner, I'll stab you in the face.

  • Kyle

    Bruce Hornsby is a fag.

  • Lance

    He's got kids, Kyle.

  • Kyle

    You have a kid, and you're a fag.

  • Lance

    Why? Because I like Bruce Hornsby?

  • Kyle


  • Lance

    Well, put on some music you like, Kyle.

  • Kyle

    No, I fucking hate music.

  • Lance

    All music is gay now? What about heavy metal?

  • Kyle

    That probably is the faggiest of all the fag music out there.

  • Lance

    It's 9:30, we could go to a video store and get a movie.

  • Kyle

    Are you stupid? Movies are for losers who aren't fags.

  • Claire

    So, do you play sports?

  • Kyle

    No, I'm a big spaz like my dad.

  • Lance

    Well, I was in the dive team in college.

  • Kyle

    Diving is not really a sport, it's falling.

Filming Info

The film crew is set up this week (July 16, 2008) at the former F.A. McDonald School, thanks in part to WashingtonFilmWorks, which had a hand in Goldthwait's decision to shoot here. Since last year, the state has offered financial incentives to production companies. If feature films spend more than $500,000 on expenses such as food, housing and labor, WashingtonFilmWorks will pay 20 percent of the costs back to the production company. Amy Lillard Dee, executive director of WashingtonFilmWorks, said "World's Greatest Dad" is expected to spend $2 million in the state on local food, labor, transportation and lodging, netting the producers $400,000 in return.

Bobcat about Robin

Robin's an old, old friend of mine, but I've never really pimped him or exploited him. He always acts like we're peers, which is really weird; it reminds me of Marlon Brando hanging out with Wally Cox. But I didn't write the part with him in mind. I was telling a mutual buddy about it over dinner, and he was like, "What about Robin?" Robin really liked Sleeping Dogs Lie, and he read this, and he said, "I'd like to be in your movie." [Laughs] It's so weird. I even had to rewrite it because the guy I had was younger.



Lance Clayton is about to get everything he deserves.

International Release Dates

  • UK (limited)

    September 24, 2010


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DVD Extra Features

  • Behind the Scenes WWBCD? (18:35)
  • 4 Outtakes (1:53)
  • 5 Deleted Scenes (4:07)
  • 'HDNET - A Look at World's Greatest Dad (4:42)
  • I Hope I Become a Ghost - Music Video
  • Commentary with writer director Bobcat Goldthwait
  • Bookmarks

Release Date Info

Prior to its theatrical release, World's Greatest Dad was released on "Video on Demand".

Festival Screenings

The movie premiered at the:

  • Sundance Film Festival

And screened at the following festivals:

  • Independant Film Festival Boston (2009)
  • Syracuse International Film Festival (2009)
  • Maryland Film Festival (2009)
  • Seattle International Film Festival (2009)
  • Cinevegas Film Festival (2009)
  • Edinburgh International Film Festival (UK, 2010)
  • Melbourne International Film Festival (Aus, 2010)

Extra Info

Bobcat also directed, wrote and starred in the film "Shakes the Clown" in which Robin did a cameo as "Mime Jerry"

Bobcat Goldthwait Bobcat's directing Robin in World's Greatest Dad.

Box Office

  • Budget

    $10,000,000 (estimated)

  • Gross

    $217,464 (USA)
    N/A (international)
    $217,464 (total)

  • Opening Weekend

    $4,675 (1 theater)

  • Widest Release

    30 theaters

  • In Release

    80 days / 11.4 weeks

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