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  1. DiscoNap on said:

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  2. Every single one of Bobcat Goldwaith’s movies have sounded TERRIBLE on paper. All of them cut into really shitty trailers. All three of them have been GREAT.

    “Shakes The Clown” leans a little bit on some cheap comedic bits, but it’s clearly the pitch-black movie “Death To Smoochy” wanted to be. It’s ugly, unpleasant, and soaked in liquor, a movie that gets the black hole inside of children entertainers and alcoholism. Really surprisingly astute, considering it was marketed as a cheap-shot comedy.

    “Sleeping Dogs Lie” was another unfortunate-sounding film, but I was surprised at how much affection and human concern Goldwaith had for his characters. Surprisingly affecting stuff, even working with a pretty low-rent cast – I think they make Brian Poehsn (?) say more than three lines, and it’s pretty much at gunpoint.

    And “World’s Greatest Dad” straddled that line between unconditional love, and understanding the ones close to you could be absolute total shitheads. Goldwaith so far has made three films that deal with society’s basic expectations, and how they clash with our actual human nature, and here, he got a brilliant comedic performance out of Robin Williams. I mean, holy fucking cow.

    I’ve heard the trailer is spoilery, and I kinda regret watching it, but it’s Bobcat – I am 100% down for this shit.

  3. Yeah, this trailer is seriously spoilery. That’s pretty much the entire movie right there.

    The movie itself is okay – I’d probably give it a C+/B- if I had to. Some really solid laughs throughout, but a number of the jokes feel like they could have been written (and would have been funnier) a couple of years ago. We’ve all thought those things a million times by now. (The staleness was there in September – I can’t imagine how it’ll be in April/May.)

    Murray has quite a few lengthly diatribes – at times, almost like standup rants, but, in fairness, some of the biggest laughs came in the middle of those. (I remember thinking occasionally that I felt like I could hear Bobcat delivering them himself verbatim on talk radio or a podcast.)

    The weakest part of the movie was the ending. The American Superstar part at the end felt really really cheap and a bit obvious. (It’s clearly a low-budget movie, but the finale was the area that seemed most-obviously so.)

    The TIFF Midnight Madness screening I caught was pretty much the perfect way to see it. Solidly rowdy audience, which made the whole thing play better. (The audience gave it a HUGELY positive reaction at the end. Bobcat seemed a bit taken aback.) If you can catch a screening like that, it’d be a solidly fun evening. But it’s going to play like mud at a press screening, if they have any.

    I can’t compare it to Bobcat’s other films, but, at face value, this one doesn’t seem to have as much to say. It’s (obviously) more about the viewer living vicariously through Murray (and Barr). (He and Barr are both solid in this, btw.)

  4. Not the biggest fan of this, there are very funny moments in it,but the main character just keep on ranting and ranting. I felt like I was being lectured. I am sure that’s how Bobcat was thinking when he wrote this, but it doesn’t make it good cinema.

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