Death to Smoochy

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Released 2002

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Director:
Danny DeVito
Released:
2002
Rating:
R
Death to Smoochy begins with Randolph Smiley (ROBIN WILLIAMS), a man who has it all. As the costumed star of the highest rated kid's show on TV, "Rainbow Randolph" has a Manhattan penthouse, a Times Square billboard featuring his beloved character, cars , boats, horses and all the indulgence that celebrity brings. Until he gets caught by the Feds in an under-the-table bribe. Busted and instantly reviled, Randolph is a star no more. Enter Sheldon Mopes (EDWARD NORTON) and his alter-ego "Smoochy", a puffy, fuchsia rhinoceros. Smoochy is the perfect remedy for what ails the networks. Now it's Smoochy who's got the swanky penthouse, the Times Square billboard and the smooth-talking agent (DANNY DEVITO). Sheldon soon learns that children's television is a dangerous world steeped in corruption, back-stabbing and violence with his biggest problem being Rainbow Randolph. Broke and homeless, Randolph seeks revenge on the Rhino that stole his job and his house; he's convinced the foam rubber carpetbagger is the face of evil sent by the devil to destroy him and he will not sleep until Smoochy takes a permanent dirt nap.moreless

Metacritic Score

  • 50

    Los Angeles Times Kevin Thomas

    Starts out as such a deliciously savage satire of TV kiddie shows that it's a shame it swerves out of control and over the top, sliding into tedium before pulling together for a cl...

  • 50

    Variety Todd McCarthy

    Pushes its dark, smart, clever, cynical, satirical, nasty, provocative and sarcastic instincts to the point of heavily diminished returns -- to the point where the very amusing pre...

  • 20

    The New York Times A.O. Scott

    There are a few laughs, but I'm not sure that a comedy is supposed to make you recoil, which is what "Smoochy" does.

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    Jon Stewart

    Jon Stewart

    Marion Frank Stokes

    Pam Ferris

    Pam Ferris

    Tommy Cotter

    Robin Williams (I)

    Robin Williams (I)

    Rainbow Randolph

    Edward Norton

    Edward Norton

    Sheldon Mopes / Smoochy the Rhino

    Danny DeVito

    Danny DeVito

    Burke Bennett

    Vincent Schiavelli

    Vincent Schiavelli

    Buggy Ding Dong

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    Comedy, Drama

    Themes

    Dark Comedy, Satire