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WORLD’S GREATEST DAD 3 stars (R) Two former madcap comedians – director Bobcat Goldthwait and star Robin Williams – defy expectations in this strong, controlled dark satire about a would-be author and high school teacher (Williams) saddled by a sullen teenage son (Daryl Sabara, now unrecognizable from the Spy Kids movies). In a high school-set spoof reminiscent of Election and Heathers, the film skewers society’s manufactured heroism, and Williams suppresses his usual shtick to offer a compelling portrait of quiet desperation. — Holman

YOO-HOO, MRS. GOLDBERG 2 stars (NR) Aviva Kempner’s gushy documentary aims to restore pioneering actor/writer Gertrude Berg to her rightful place alongside early TV entertainers like Milton Berle. Now nearly forgotten, Berg was “the Oprah of her day” (at least according to some of the film’s interviewees) as the creator and star of the Bronx-based situation comedy “The Goldbergs” on radio and then television. Named for the show’s catchphrase, Yoo-Hoo, Mrs. Goldberg reveals the chilling effect of the blacklist on a proudly Jewish program, but most of the film’s other anecdotes have little dramatic interest, and the droll, drab clips suggest that the show hasn’t aged well. — Holman

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