Death to Smoochy
- Original title
Death to Smoochy
- Running time
- 105 min.
- United States
Anastas N. Michos
Edward Norton, Robin Williams, Catherine Keener, Jon Stewart, Danny DeVito, Michael Rispoli, Pam Ferris, Danny Woodburn, Vincent Schiavelli, Harvey Fierstein, Craig Eldridge, Judy White, Tim MacMenamin, See 31 More
Warner Bros., Filmfour, Senator Film Produktion, Mad Chance, Jersey Films
Comedy | Television. Satire. Black Comedy
- In the cutthroat world of children's television, 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 attempts to exact revenge and reclaim his status as America's sweetheart.
: Nominated for Razzie Awards: Worst Supporting Actor (Robin Williams)
- Critics' reviews
"It's good -- no, great -- to see Williams as a mean rat bastard"
Marc Savlov: Austin Chronicle
"Plays like a long TV sketch, but with an array of characters, themes, subplots and situations just clever enough to keep it moving, and to give cover to its underlying cynicism."
Jack Mathews: New York Daily News
"There are a few laughs, but I'm not sure that a comedy is supposed to make you recoil, which is what 'Smoochy' does"
A. O. Scott: The New York Times
"A dark comedy that blows up like an exploding cigar, leaving nothing much behind but smoke, noise and a bad taste."
Michael Wilmington: Chicago Tribune
"To make a film this awful, you have to have enormous ambition and confidence, and dream big dreams"
Roger Ebert: Chicago Sun-Times
"Sporadically funny, twisted for sure, it risks becoming as repetitive and shrill as the kinds of programs it satirizes"
Liam Lacey: The Globe and Mail
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