I have a love/hate relationship with Robin Williams' movies. In films like Good Will Hunting and Dead Poets Society, he brings a certain brilliant sincerity to his roles, which I admire and find so entertaining to watch. On the other hand, I've come to dread his over-the-top, cringe-worthy antics in cheesy comedies like License to Wed.
I'm happy to report that Williams's role in the upcoming movie World's Greatest Dad falls into the category of performances I think I can get behind. Williams stars as Lance Clayton, teacher of poetry, aspiring writer, and father of a typically bratty teenager. At first, Lance seems like a dad who has given up trying to connect to his son, but as the trailer goes on we see that Lance has his own brand of snark and retorts for his son's wisecracks. Eventually, a freak accident leads to Lance's big break, and he owes all of his success to his relationship with his son. The movie looks darkly funny if not a bit sad, but I'm definitely interested in seeing if Williams shines as well in the film as he does in the preview. World's Greatest Dad opens Aug. 21 and to check it out, read more.