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Rainbow Randolph, the corrupt, costumed star of a popular children's TV show is fired over a bribery scandal and replaced by squeaky-clean Smoochy, a puffy fuscia rhinoceros. As Smoochy catapults to fame, scoring hit ratings and the affections of a jaded network executive, Randolph makes the unsuspecting rhino the target of his numerous outrageous.
Comedy (Dark) - This is a very dark comedy that will largely appeal to younger
adults able to groove with its warped sensibility. Despite the
setting of children's television, this is most definitely not a film
for children. Older adults and more sensitive and squeamish viewers
may not find much to laugh about here.
PROFANITY: Frequent use of strong profanity. SEX/NUDITY: Some mild fooling around and lots of sex talk. VIOLENCE: Shootings, beatings. DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Alcohol and tobacco use. ACTION: One big chase. COMEDY: Pitch black humor.
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Review Poor "...a comedy of backstabbing overkill set in the Barneyesque
world of children's television, director Danny DeVito acts as if he's staging
the most outrageous sick satire in history. Death to Smoochy tells
a moldy-oldie, not-nearly-as-nasty-as-it-thinks-it-is joke. Over and over again.''
James Berardinelli, Internet Critic
Review Above Average "...the film is sporadically funny, and, yes, it
satirizes the genre, but I left the movie feeling like I had seen a missed
opportunity. It has its moments, but they don't add up to a complete
movie. In general, parodies may not rely overmuch on plot, but they need more in
this department than Death to Smoochy possesses.''
Review Very Poor "The movie ends by crossing an ice show with elements of
"The Manchurian Candidate." It involves an odd sexual predilection:
Keener has a fetish for kiddie show hosts. It has a lesbian hit-squad leader
with a thick Irish brogue. It uses four-letter language as if being paid by the
word. In all the annals of the movies, few films have been this odd,
inexplicable and unpleasant.''
Review Average "Smoochy, like the cuddly character, tries to be
loved and ends on an unrealistically upbeat note. But it's in better, wittier
form just being vicious and biting. While Robin Williams plays his
character like a depraved Willy Wonka, his mugging grows cloying and annoying.
His one-liners are funnier than the overall execution of the movie''
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OPINION OVERVIEW The following is the original "What's Worth
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We were only able to collect 41 moviegoer opinions from several showings. These are very mixed opinions, which is quite common on these dark comedies. With most of the opinions in the "Good/Avg." to "Very Good" range, I would say chances are pretty good that you will, at the very least, find this movie somewhat enjoyable, but it's a long shot that you will think it's great.
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Randolph Smiley (ROBIN WILLIAMS) 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.
There's something else Randolph has – a healthy taste for Johnnie Walker and a penchant for taking bribes from stage parents who want their kids on his program. These under-the-table transactions are quite lucrative for the debt-ridden children's icon…until the Feds get wise.
Busted and instantly reviled, Randolph is a star no more. He's become the one thing a children's performer fears most: a scandal. Scandals don't play well to the under-8 demographic, and weasely network president Frank Stokes (JON STEWART) needs a squeaky clean replacement – fast.
Enter Sheldon Mopes (EDWARD NORTON) and his alter-ego "Smoochy,” a puffy, fuscia rhinoceros. Eager to expand his audience beyond the Coney Island methadone clinic, Smoochy – with his innocence and unrelenting ethics – is the perfect remedy for what ails the network…and it doesn't hurt that kids love him. Now it's Smoochy who's got the swanky penthouse, the Times Square billboard and the smooth-talking agent (DANNY
DEVITO). He's even captured the attention of Randolph's ex-girlfriend Nora (CATHERINE KEENER), the network's senior programming executive.
Sheldon soon learns, however, that children's television is a dangerous world steeped in corruption, back-stabbing and violence. But his biggest problem isn't ratings or corporate politics. It's Rainbow Randolph.
Broke and homeless, Randolph doesn't share America's enthusiasm for his opportunistic replacement. The way Randolph sees it, the righteous rhino has stolen his job, his house and his girl. He's convinced that the foam rubber carpetbagger is the face of evil sent by the devil to destroy him.
Revenge is the means, assassination is the end and Rainbow Randolph will not sleep until Smoochy takes a permanent dirt nap.