This is an eerie viewing experience in light of Robin Williams' suicide in 2014, and the subsequent cult of celebrity despite rarely receiving praise from critics while he was alive. The film features solid cinematography, particularly a number of well-framed shots. I also enjoyed the dark humor, and parallels between teenage & adult angst. Williams and his son's friend were the only redeemable characters.
A pitch-black comedy where the depressing reality of the (albeit morbid and exaggerated) events may frustrate the viewer. Sometimes sweet and sometimes quite funny, this film vividly portrays the jerks who get their way, the nice people who get walked over, and the mass-hysteric (and promotional) nature of North America. There are some bumps in the road, but ultimately it was quite clever.
Beautifully sticks the boot into the grotesque 'self-help' culture of mining personal tragedy for consumer gratification, the hypocrisy of those who aren't there in life but will swarm like flies around the just-cold corpse if it makes them appear sympathetic to the suffering of others, and the shallow, all-too-common starfucking of those who buy into the myth of the artist over the art itself.
Entertaining enough and I loved the dark comedic subject matter as well as Robin William's brilliant performance. Not quite as funny as it should be however and thats where the film suffers. But it is the best use of the song "Under Pressure" I've ever seen.
Bobcat Goldthwait proves himself to be a surprisingly adept writer-director with this sparklingly twisted black comedy. Robin Williams gives one of his best understated performances, supported by a smart, sharply-paced, and consistently funny script. A very pleasant surprise.
Surprised to see such a low rating on this platform. Also pleasantly surprised to see such great work from Bobcat Goldthwait. Count the various messages we're meant to receive here – and take them with you. Glad I caught this hours before rolling off the lineup. First Williams movie I've watched since his passing. Recommend a watch.
Dripping with cynicism. Fucking enjoyed it. Funny as hell. Intelligent. Well paced. Yes, thematically not vary diverse but it is fun. Smart dark humor. That is not easy to pull off. The ending was superb.