Death to Smoochy

Death to Smoochy

Streaming Video - 2002
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Two icons of children's television are pitted against one another in this satirical dark comedy!

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vickmeister
Aug 19, 2017

Let me say right up front that this movie is not for everyone. If you are expecting a warm fuzzy comedy about a children's entertainer, this movie is not that movie. This unsung gem is the blackest of black comedies; a searing satire on everything from children's programming to political correctness and the power of the media. And absolutely hilarious. Robin Williams plays Rainbow Randolph, a beloved children's TV host who takes bribes on the side from parents who want their children to get the spotlight. When Randolph's corruption is uncovered and splashed all over the news, his frantic TV network quickly fires him and looks to replace him with the most scandal-free entertainer they can find. Enter Sheldon Mopes, a down-on-his-luck singer whose impeccably pure ethics make up for his lack of splashy style. When Sheldon is hired by the network, he is quickly educated in the sordid side of the business of children's television, but is determined to remain true to his principles. When his show becomes a hit, an enraged Rainbow Randolph vows revenge. He seeks to humiliate and dethrone this new king of children's TV, through increasingly hilarious means. Top-notch performances abound from Williams, Edward Norton, Danny DeVito, and Catherine Keener, and lots of fun cameos. If you are a fan of dark comedy and of Robin Williams' best frantic insane comedy genius, give this one a try.

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wiredonjava
Jan 09, 2017

Garbage. Half a star earned for the 'my step-dad's not mean he's just adjusting' song.

seki Apr 17, 2012

If you eve watched a Barney episode or the Teletubbies, you owe yourself to watch this. Robin Williams was given carte blanche by director Danny DeVito to create a slimy child star. This is a dark humor comedy. It is a rant against loud coloured large objects with permanent smiles on their faces. The performance by John Stewart made me watch it a second time. The real star is Pam Ferris, who plays Tommy Cotter. She steals all the scenes that she appears in and almost overlaps Edward Norton. It is a laugh filled hoot.

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