Death to Smoochy

Death to Smoochy

Danny DeVito (2002)

105min
15 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
An odd mix of comedy and drama that could have worked if the writer and director had picked one or the other. Robin Williams, showing he's far more watchable as a sleazy villain than some touchy-feely Patch Adams type, is a children's entertainer on TV who finds himself sacked after it's discovered he's been taking backhanders. In his place, a young, idealistic man (Edward Norton) is hired, who dresses up as a Barney-like character named Smoochy and sings to kids about all the good things in the world. Understandably, Williams believes Smoochy must die, so he can get his old job back. The darkly comic elements - as Williams tries more and more despicable ways of dispatching Smoochy - work brilliantly, but someone obviously got nervous about such a dark look at children's TV and decided to make it as cute and fluffy as Smoochy by the end.

Summary

A children's TV star is fired after being caught taking bribes to let youngsters on his show - and promptly embarks on an increasingly terrifying campaign of revenge on the lovable cuddly rhino who `stole' his slot in the schedules. Black comedy from director Danny DeVito, who also stars, alongside Robin Williams, Edward Norton, Catherine Keener and John Stewart.

Cast & Crew

Rainbow Randolph Robin Williams
Sheldon Mopes / Smoochy the Rhino Edward Norton
Nora Wells Catherine Keener
Burke Bennett Danny DeVito
Marion Frank Stokes Jon Stewart
Merv Green Harvey Fierstein
Spinner Dunn Michael Rispoli
Tommy Cotter Pam Ferris
Buggy Ding Dong Vincent Schiavelli
Network chairman Robert Prosky
Director Danny DeVito
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Other Information

Language: English Colour Guidance: Contains swearing. Available on: Available on video and DVD

Comedy

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