Patch Adams

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Farrell/Minoff & Blue Wolf & Bungalow 78 Productions Released 1998

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Director:
Tom Shadyac
Released:
1998
Rating:
PG-13

Patch Adams is the 1998 Dramedy starring Robin Williams about a doctor who uses humor above all else to cure his patients, and is now available on Amazon. Based on the true story of Dr. Hunter â��Patchâ�� Adams, Patch (Williams) is a depressed mental patient who, in his institutionalized recovery, discovers a passion for helping people. He decides to be a doctor and enrolls in medical school. There he realizes that making people feel better mentally helps them get better physically. He meets beautiful med student Corin and is able to win her over. His silly outbursts and funny antics, though loved by patients, angers his by the book superiors and his future at medical school is temporarily put to question. Outraged by the cold practices of modern medicine, Patch and Corin marry and open their own free clinic. All is wonderful until Patch's life is shaken to the core, and he must hold strong to his beliefs to get through his own struggle.

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  • 60

    Variety Joe Leydon

    Shamelessly sappy and emotionally manipulative, Patch Adams is an aggressively heartwarming comedy-drama that may be roasted by critics but embraced by ticketbuyers.

  • 40

    The New York Times Elvis Mitchell

    Low humor might count for more here if it weren't constantly overshadowed by the film's maudlin streak.

  • 40

    Los Angeles Times

    Williams knows when material is working, and he knows the sound of an honestly aroused crowd. This ain't it!

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Comedy, Drama

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med school, fighting doctors, fish out of water, altruistic behavior, dramedy