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4.0 out of 5 stars Destined for a long life in Cult-dom
If you are like me and really don't get the appeal of Barney the purple singing dinosaur beloved of American kiddie-winks, then you are going to love this film.
Robin Williams plays Rainbow Randolph who, with shades of the Simpsons' Krusty the Clown, is a very different character off screen. Busted taking a bribe by the FBI, Randolph is dropped by his network (like...
Published on 10 Jun 2004 by Amazon Customer

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1.0 out of 5 stars I cant believe its been reviewed positively on here...
This is a terrible mess of a film. From start to finish the tone is all over the place and the 'black comedy' is staggeringly clunky. They seem to be making the script up as they go along. Why somebody as classy as Catherine Keener agreed to be in this is beyond me....Its plain embarrassing. How did the same man who made The War of the Roses end up with this twaddle?
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4.0 out of 5 stars Destined for a long life in Cult-dom, 10 Jun 2004
This review is from: Death To Smoochy [DVD] (DVD)
If you are like me and really don't get the appeal of Barney the purple singing dinosaur beloved of American kiddie-winks, then you are going to love this film.
Robin Williams plays Rainbow Randolph who, with shades of the Simpsons' Krusty the Clown, is a very different character off screen. Busted taking a bribe by the FBI, Randolph is dropped by his network (like Pee-Wee Herman) and a replacement is sought by the KidsNet network that is "Squeaky F***ing Clean".
Enter the well meaning innocent Sheldon Mopes (Norton) and his creation, Smoochy the singing Fuschia Rhino. Randolph hates Smoochy and plots his downfall in various manic ways, whilst around the hapless Mopes move the sinister circles of the Irish mafia (!), "the worst of the Charities" (!!) and the corporate sharks of KidsNet.
This is very dark, and containing the wickedly sick sense of humour that DeVito has added to his other films. Williams is wonderfully funny again, and reminds us that when he is let loose to improvise he can be one of the very best film comedians, especially with his manic foul-mouthed rant about the 'spaceship' cookies. Also worthy of a mention is Ed Norton who here adds singing and comedy to his acting bow. Is there nothing this guy can't do? Smoochy's songs sung by this amiable innocent with a sweet smile on his face become even funnier ('My stepdad isn't mean, he's just adjusting' is the funniest).
However everything else in this movie is patchy and inconsistent. Corporate cynicism gets a healthy swipe at the start, but then takes a back seat; the idea that all children's entertainers are burnt out wackos also gets dropped, then revived near the end. Harvey Fierstein's character and organisation had the potential for plenty of laughs, but fizzed away to nothing. It could have been so much better (the oh so sweet ending is definitely ill thought out).
So not five stars, but when this is funny it is laugh-out loud funny. It is loud, crude and gleeful when attacking kids TV. Cult audience then, but an appreciative one.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent!!, 26 Nov 2012
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Service- brilliant, quick and without problems.
Product- fantastic, works like a DVD should.
Content- amazing film, so funny, Robin Williams at his best!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Funny with a serious go at corruption and commercialization of ..., 10 July 2014
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Funny with a serious go at corruption and commercialization of kid entertainments, welcome to the real world, Edward Norton and Robin Williams are excellent. Love it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Dark and ridiculous fun, 11 Jan 2014
This review is from: Death to Smoochy [DVD] (DVD)
There are a fair number of negative reviews for `Death to Smoochy.' Now, if a film has a title like that, it tells me that it's a `cult film' made for a niche audience. So, I can only assume that mainstream moviegoers didn't think that much of it.

If you're a fan of Robin Williams' quirky, light-hearted performances, then you may be disappointed. His role here is one of his darker, more serious ones (think `One Hour Photo, only more openly psychotic). He plays a disgraced children's TV show presenter who vows - lethal - revenge on his successor - the mild-mannered and good-natured `Smoochy' (his stage name), played by Edward Norton. Also, it's fair to say that, despite Robin Williams being billed as the `star,' I was surprised at how much screen time was given to Edward Norton - really he should be billed as the star.

There are mob hits, beatings, murder, blackmail and Nazis in this film - hardly the stuff of your average family comedy. Therefore, the humour is pretty black. It's also a satire - showing you the `dark side' of something so allegedly pure as children's TV.

If you like your movies dark, satirical and slightly over the top, then give this one a go. You won't forget the sight of gangsters performing a `hit' on a giant, cuddly rhino in a hurry.
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5.0 out of 5 stars good film, 27 Aug 2012
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good film, love robbin williams in it!! not aged at all. rocket ship bit is by far the best bit
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5.0 out of 5 stars FUNNY!!, 23 Dec 2010
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Ms. B. Vallely (Ireland) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Death to Smoochy [DVD] (DVD)
This movie was so underrated- it's a laugh!
If you like Robin Williams but can't stand any of his schmaltzy movies then this is so great to get your teeth into.
It's memorable in so many ways and very quotable. I love this movie and I wish more people would check it out :)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Class!, 7 Feb 2008
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col_p (Inverness, Scotland) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Death To Smoochy [DVD] (DVD)
Absolutely hilarious in bits.

I'm not a huge Robin Williams fan (he should have a quality control valve fitted), but he made me laugh until I wept in a couple of parts of this film. It would appear that while he was allowed to ad-lib, the director/producers restrained him from going too far off-subject. The scene where he moves from courthouse to car is the highlight of his entire career.

Someone before me remarked that the film is patchy, which is true, but it is definitely worth a watch. Williams is excellent, Norton good, while not having to do too much and Keener's not bad. Highly recommended!
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ABSOLUTELY MAGIC!!, 13 May 2004
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This review is from: Death To Smoochy [DVD] (DVD)
Unfortunately, this film is better known for bringing FilmFour to it's knees than the fact it is a genius piece of cinematography with an all star cast.
Following the rise of Smoochy (Ed Norton) and the fall of Randolf Smiley (Robin Williams)is funny, touching and compelling viewing. Seeing Ed Norton dressed as a purple rhino handing out 'spaceship' shaped biscuits to the kids as Randolf planned is fantastic. Add to that an agent not to be trusted (Danny Devito) a difficult love interest for Smoochy (Catherine Keener)and some Irish gangsters(!) and you have an unmissable movie.
In all a gorgeous film with a very surprising, colourful ending which......is where you come in - go and buy it.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great film, shame about the package., 16 Feb 2004
This review is from: Death To Smoochy [DVD] (DVD)
Right, first off, the film itself is pure gold. Robin Williams shines as the shunned former kid's tv presenter (especially compared to some of his recent roles).Harvey Fierstein also gives a commanding performance as a corrupt charity boss. Given the film's turbulent history, I was surprised to even see it on release. This probably goes some way to explaining the dire package it was released in. You have to trawl through a large number of adverts before reaching the main menu, at which point there are no extras to be seen, other than the usual scene selection and subtitles.
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2 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally it's here. Fairly took its time., 19 Feb 2004
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H A Chapman "Harry" (UK) - See all my reviews
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At last 'Death to Smoochy' has arrived in the UK. I thought it was never going to arrive but its here which is good news as this is funny stuff. Robin Williams is very funny as the psychopathic children's entertainer and Danny DeVito does pretty well too. A good film. Fairly took its time to arrive here though.
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