World’s Greatest Dad (2009; Bobcat Goldthwaite) is
about the venom—making the viewer squirm.
But as long as you can appreciate acidic, nasty humor that takes no prisoners,
while still delivering maximum laughs, you will enjoy this film and its vicious
take on the “sympathy industry.”
Air Doll (2009; Hirokazu Koreeda) is what you would
get if Nagisa Oshima adapted a Hans Christian Andersen or Grimm’s fairy
tale: a doll gets a heart and becomes human—with all the resulting pain and
suffering that that offers.
But in this case, the doll is the type you inflate and
have sex with—including a removable polymer vagina; and the overall film is a
bleak metaphor/comment on the routine and system-wide subconsciously reinforced
dehumanization of women, grounded by an impressive performance by lead Doona Bae.
In other words, a doll gets a heart and finds out that
it’s not worth it.