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Live in Chicago? Wanna see WORLD'S GREATEST DAD with writer-director Bobcat Goldthwait Q&A? Capone has the details!!!

Hey, everyone. Capone in Chicago here. There are two films that have been floating through the festival circuit this year that I was determined to show to Chicago audiences. One we'll be showing later in September, and the other is the latest from writer-director Bobcat Goldthwait, WORLD'S GREATEST DAD, one of the darkest and funniest comedies to make it into theaters this or any year. Normally a film with this title starring Robin Williams would have me running for the hills, but do not be fooled. WORLD'S GREATEST DAD is a wicked statement on parenthood and grabbing opportunity whenever you can no matter the circumstances. By my count, Goldthwait as a filmmaker is three for three after his triumphant debut SHAKES THE CLOWN and the little seen but completely satisfying SLEEPING DOGS LIE (and so what if it's the story of a woman's love affair with her dog). The word "fearless" gets tossed around filmdom a little too liberally I believe, but I'd defend placing that label on Goldthwait, who always manages to find exactly the right devilish tone to tell his stories, and then almost dares you to come check out the results. And I haven't even mentioned the great stand-up work that first got Goldthwait attention beginning in the 1980s. Clearly, the dude knows his fucked-up comedy. WORLD'S GREATEST DAD is his most accessible film, and it's still going to make some people (especially parents) extremely uncomfortable, which is why I'm pleased to announce the exclusive Ain't It Cool News Chicago screening of WORLD'S GREATEST DAD, with Bobcat Goldthwait doing a Q&A with the readers after the film. The screening of WORLD'S GREATEST DAD takes place Wednesday, September 2 at 7:00 pm at a theater in Chicago (the exact location will only be given to contest winners). To secure a pass good for you and one guest, send me an email at with the subject line "WORLD'S GREATEST DAD". In the body of the email, I need your Name, whether or not you're bringing a Guest (guests' names are not required), and the answer to the following question (read carefully): Give me an example of terrible parenting either inflicted upon you or perhaps some poorly handled situation involving your own kids. Without turning this into a therapy session, keep your answers BRIEF--75 words or less (no matter how tempted you are to go over the limit). Winners will receive an email from me this weekend with all the screening details. Good luck, everyone! Hope to see you there. And come prepared to bombard Bobcat with questions. -- Capone

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  • Aug. 26, 2009, 7:32 a.m. CST

    FIRST off, I'd watch this movie..

    by Tell_Your_Mom_I_Said_Hi

    for free.

  • Aug. 26, 2009, 8:07 a.m. CST

    see it

    by barnaby jones

    its goooooooood

  • Aug. 26, 2009, 9 a.m. CST

    The movie is already on many "web sights" as Vern would say

    by YackBacker

    I couldn't sit through it all to be honest. Very dull for a drama/comedy.

  • Aug. 26, 2009, 11:22 a.m. CST

    Goldthwait is awesome


    and Hot to Trot proves it

  • Aug. 26, 2009, 11:49 a.m. CST

    Looks unwatchable

    by Rubiks Doob

    That is unless you think Death to Smoochy is comedic gold...

  • Aug. 26, 2009, 1:30 p.m. CST

    by darkpassenger

    kind of a sad movie robin williams reminded me of my dad in it. The kid from spy kids is real good at playing a douche son, wasnt as good as shakes the clown but still pretty good, its cool they used tom kenny again

  • Aug. 26, 2009, 2:04 p.m. CST

    Unwatchable, sure.

    by gotilk

    If you're a braindead douche.

  • Aug. 26, 2009, 2:25 p.m. CST

    Welcome to 1980

    by lockesbrokenleg

  • Aug. 26, 2009, 3:43 p.m. CST

    No actually, I don't.

    by REVENGE_of_FETT

    I don't need to know anything about this film other than the title to know it will be total shit.

  • Aug. 26, 2009, 3:55 p.m. CST

    I couldn't get through Shakes...

    by BrooseTheScharuk

    ...but World's Greatest Dad is AWESOME! Easily one of best comedies this year, if not THE best. And I generally hate Robin Williams. Spy Kids boy is amazing.

  • Aug. 26, 2009, 6:21 p.m. CST

    I really like Bobcat

    by Jarek

    This is great, and so was Sleeping Dogs Lie. Shakes the Clown and Windy City Heat are nicely comedic mindfucks as well.

  • Aug. 26, 2009, 9 p.m. CST

    this movie is fucking horrible

    by animas

    act 1 was ok then it became a piece of SHIT. I knew how the entire movie would happen as soon as he wrote the note.

  • Aug. 26, 2009, 9:08 p.m. CST

    wish i lived in chicago

    by animas

    so i could ask bobcat why he used adam carolla's joke about autoerotic asphyxiation that might work as a 30 minute short and DRAG it out into a dull unfunny predictable 90 minute snooze fest sack of crap. Then I would demand my god damn 8 dollars back that I spent on pay per view.

  • Aug. 27, 2009, 1:26 a.m. CST

    good, but uneven

    by brabon300

    with bobcat bringing up plot lines that end up really going nowhere<P> it is a decent black comedy, but it couldve been more...nice effort though

  • Aug. 27, 2009, 1:51 a.m. CST


    by HaterofCrap

    DO IT

  • Aug. 27, 2009, 4:48 a.m. CST

    Wanna see WORLD'S GREATEST DAD with writer-director Bobcat Goldt

    by TheManWhoCan

    no. because it looks like a pointless comedy/drama waste of time like dan in real life or some such shit!

  • Aug. 28, 2009, 5:06 p.m. CST

    Windy City Heat

    by Dapper Swindler

    Is the funniest movie of all time. Goldthwait directed. I want to go.

  • Aug. 29, 2009, 10:30 a.m. CST

    Saw World's Greatest Dad And.... (no spoilers)


    It is dark and it is hysterical. Definitely worth checking out. However, be warned that the big turn in the flick that brings us into ACT II gets it wrong. I don't know if it tries too hard or is just poorly directed, but it's a montage that's supposed to be a revelation and should instill in us the feeling "Donnie Darko" pulls off so well with that Tears For Fears-driven snapshot of school life. So it's an important big moment that falls flat... but I think it recovers well enough due to the fact that its cruel script forges onward unrepentantly.

  • Aug. 29, 2009, 10:36 a.m. CST

    "I knew how the entire movie would happen"


    Animas is right. There's nothing new going on but I thought it was a funny rehash of things we've seen before. There are too few comedies this dark so IMO it can get away with predictability in a way, say, "Patch Adams" cannot. (Predictable heart-string-tugging = makes me want to put my fist through my own dick. Predictable structure to dark comedy = still forgivable.)