I reservedly disliked this right after seeing it, then with time I think I am realizing how refreshing, iconoclastic, and subversively brilliant it might actually be. It's humanism written and directed by the guy that lit the Tonight Show furniture on fire, which pretty much sums up the tone of the piece.
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.
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.
This is a self-defeating, self-deprecating film that opens with autoerotic asphyxiation and closes with the glorification of suicide. Along the way it exposes the cult of celebrity with a subtext of fears of white male sexuality. Even with the brilliant performance by Robin Williams, every character in this film seems worthless to themselves. It shoots itself in the foot with its immature take on immaturity.
Goldthwiat had one of the funniest Q&As I've ever heard. He is a pussycat with a mean growl. He manages to put his films on the edge of being enormously distasteful, but relentlessly watchable and kind of discussable. Along with Sleeping Dogs Lie, which is simultaneously really sweet and wickedly yucky, this is one of his best and finds a good balance. God Bless America is one stupid joke, but Willow Creek is great.
Williams plays a frustrated writer, teacher and dad who is losing the attention of his girlfriend and students. His son is a complete d-bag, and ends up killing himself in a unique way (think David Carridine). Post son’s death, dad wins the sympathetic vote with some timely faux written words by a son who could probably barely read and write…..unless it was porn related. Good dark comedy by Bobcat.
This film gracefully tackles the subject of glorifying the recently deceased in a way that sends the moral compass spinning. The communication gap between the father and his teenage son is an apt portrait of "mismatched" parents and their children. The dark humor is sewn really classily throughout the film. Watching Robin Williams create these vulnerable characters is always captivating. Empowering.
✺ Not a perfect movie but I worked at a video store in Montréal for a number of years and this was always the worst received of my "employee picks" - the amount of customers that returned the movie by slamming it onto the counter, made me only like it more ✺ Goldthwait's best - probably because (while it's very preachy) it's the least so out of his filmography ✺ Scene stealing performance from the Spy Kid ✺
quite disturbing to watch this film in the wake of robin williams' very own suicide, and all the media frenzy surrounding it, a phenomenon that the film tackles and criticizes harshly. glamorization of death. a really odd and uncomfortable film. seems quasi indecent now. especially the scene where lance says sarcastically "remember, suicide is a permanent solution to a temporary problem" directly to the camera - RIP