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Death to Smoochy

  • Comedy
  • 2002
  • Danny DeVito
  • 105 mins
  • 15

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.

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Review

Rating: 2 out of 5.

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.

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Credits

Cast

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Rainbow RandolphRobin Williams
Sheldon Mopes / Smoochy the RhinoEdward Norton
Nora WellsCatherine Keener
Burke BennettDanny DeVito
Marion Frank StokesJon Stewart
Merv GreenHarvey Fierstein
Spinner DunnMichael Rispoli
Tommy CotterPam Ferris
Buggy Ding DongVincent Schiavelli
Network chairmanRobert Prosky

Crew

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DirectorDanny DeVito

Details

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