Archive for June 8th, 2009

The ending of “World’s Greatest Dad”

June 8, 2009

If you were at the Egyptian yesterday when the lamp blew out during the final, climactic scene of WORLD’S GREATEST DAD, and had to leave in order to make your next movie and aren’t sure if they ever started the film up again, this post is for you.

If you have not seen WORLD’S GREATEST DAD, and plan to, do not keep reading.

Ok, here’s how it ends, as reported from someone who caught the film in it’s entirety at Sundance: Robin Williams gets up to the podium during the dedication of the library to his son and basically says you all know my son was a jerk, none of you liked him while he was alive, stop being phonies, and he admits to writing the suicide note and the journal. As he walks away from the podium, the entire crowd – in slow motion – gives him look of general disdain and scolding (according to my source, this was one of the best scenes in the movie) while failing to see how they were complicit in the whole ugly business. Robin Williams strips off his clothes and dives into the school pool. As he walks home, his son’s little friend with the drunk mother comes up to him and says he knew all along Kyle never wrote the note and Robin Williams invites him to dinner. The last scene is Robin Williams, his hoarder neighbor and his son’s little friend eating pizza on Robin William’s couch.

So there you have it. And, oh, the movie is opening at Landmark in a few weeks, so you can always try again. No word on whether is is playing at the Egyptian.