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Death to Smoochy (Widescreen)

Robin Williams , Edward Norton , Danny DeVito    R (Restricted)   DVD
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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. Until he get's 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, fuscia 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.


Quelques années après avoir réalisé le délicieusement pervers War of the Roses, le prolifique comédien Danny DeVito jette un nouveau pavé dans la mare du cinéma propre et poli avec Death to Smoochy (Mort à Smoochy), hilarante satire du monde de la télévision pour enfants.

Après avoir été impliqué dans une sordide histoire de pot-de-vin et de drogue, l’animateur Rainbow Randolph ne fait plus rire les petits téléspectateurs. Les producteurs le remplacent par Smoochy, homme-rhinocéros en peluche rose dont la sincérité n’a d’égale que les bonnes intentions. Mais pourra-t-il survivre dans ce milieu où règnent les imprésarios véreux, les producteurs jaloux et la mafia irlandaise ?

Pour nous faire découvrir les dessous sombres de cet univers enfantin, a priori inoffensif, Danny DeVito trempe sa plume dans le cynisme et se régale visiblement autant que nous de toute cette férocité. En dépassant consciencieusement et systématiquement les limites, il livre une réalisation tout à fait rafraîchissante. Avec Robin Williams, dans un contre-emploi délectable, en star déchue et vengeresse au langage fleuri, et Edward Norton, parfait en faux naïf, Death to Smoochy est une comédie incisive, parfois franchement méchante mais, surtout, totalement jubilatoire. Et même si la fin gentillette semble un peu paresseuse et bien-pensante, elle ne réussit pas à gâcher ce concentré de “politiquement incorrect”. À savourer ! --Helen Faradji

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4.0 out of 5 stars Sick, twisted genius. March 17 2004
Death to Smoochy (Danny DeVito, 2002)
Death to Smoochy is sick, twisted, wrong in every conceivable way. It's also the meanest, ugliest, and downright funniest comedy I've seen since Being John Malkovich.
While the movie initially got a great deal of bad press, that is slowly being rectified as more people who shied away thanks to negative critical reviews at first are discovering this gem. I should have known better, as I'll watch Ed Norton in anything, but it took even me this long to finally see the thing.
Rainbow Randolph (Robin Williams) is a kids' TV host with a weakness for bribes; he accepts them to get kids on the show. He is arrested immediately after the movie starts, leaving his network with an empty time slot. The show's producers, Mona (Catherine Keener) and Frank (Jon Stewart) need a replacement with integrity. They find it in Sheldon Mopes, aka Smoochy the Rhino (Edward Norton). But you get the inevitable question: what happens when you put someone with a strong sense of ethics and principles into a field as corrupt as television, especially when dealing with the kids' market? Nastiness, and hilarity, ensues. Not only does Randolph want his slot back and is willing to do anything to get it, but the shadowy head of Parade of Hope, Merv Green (Harvey Fierstein), is after Smoochy to do benefit work once the show takes off. All Smoochy wants to do is help the kids understand that organic food is good and step-parents need love, too (and other such things, in a series of songs that are worth the price of admission alone). Excellent supporting roles by DeVito, Vincent Schiavelli, Michael Rispoli, Pam Ferris, and many others make this simply a joy to watch.
I'll warn you now, though, Death to Smoochy seems to inspire love-it-or-hate-it reactions.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Light hearted .. hilarious ... hidden gem March 8 2004
Fabulously written and well acted this is the kind of movie the whole family can enjoy while just whiling away a lazy Sunday afternoon .....
I don't know if this was Danny DeVitos directorial debut but certainly this well known actor has managed to capture the crazy world of children's television and their caricature hosts. Certainly Pee Wee herman, and for the more mature among us, Soupy Sales will come to mind ......
In a nutshell, Robin Williams is a very successfull kids show host 'Rainbow Randolph' that get uncermoniously canned the minute they catch him taking bribes from parents wanting kids to get on his super popular show. The network then in a bind quickly hires the antitehisis of Rainbow a super squeaky clean Smootchie played by Edward Norton. This of course is the premise of the show that Ranbow Randolph wants his old job back and he has to kill Smootchie to get it
Robin Williams was absolutely fabulous and I was very happy to see that the director managed to hold him back from just plain domieering any show or movie that Robin appears on. I believe that Edward Norton playing Smootchie was absolutely simply fabulous and funny ....
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4.0 out of 5 stars Twisted humor with an honest heart March 5 2004
This hilarious skewering of kids television is refreshing even among dark comedies. Rainbow Randolph (Robin Williams) has lost it all - television show, penthouse, reputation - when his network producer (Catherine Keener) finds Sheldon Mopes (Edward Norton) singing in a homemade costume in a methadone clinic. She brings him aboard KidNet as Smoochy, dresses him up, gives him an elaborate, colorful set, and launches a career. The trouble is, Sheldon is naive, and wants only to teach children about the benefits of organic food, tolerance, and anti-consumerism. And Rainbow Randolph has dedicated his every waking minute to orchestrating his downfall. Throw in Danny DeVito as Smoochy's corrupt, power-hungry agent, a Irish mob protecting a lovable, brain-damaged boxer who loves Smoochy, the head of a children's charity capable of murder, and a string of has-been children's television performers - and you've got a twisted, laugh out loud black comedy that is like nothing else I've seen.
Even Barney-haters will love the clips from Smoochy's show since Sheldon believes so completely in goodness. He really wants to change the world, in his politically correct, strict vegetarian way. When he sings, "Your stepfather is not mean/(chorus of kids) He's just adjusting," it's hilarious. His wholesome image contrasts dramatically with the foul-mouthed, cynical, and even murderous characters around him. Robin Williams turns in an excellent grungy performance as Randolph. Edward Norton is completely believable and lovable as Sheldon/Smoochy, even when the corruption around him begins to affect him. Catherine Keener has just the right mix of hard-nosed corporate greed, cynicism, and the ability to be won over by a good children's song.
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4.0 out of 5 stars surprisingly funny Feb. 28 2004
I love this movie. I can't fully explain why, but I just do. I can tell from the average rating that my opinion isn't shared lol I think people tried to take this movie more seriously than necessary. It was over the top. It wasn't believable. The characters were pretty shallow. I admit all of that. But, that's what made it so funny.
I mean... Edward Norton... as Barney basically. I love how the characters all seem at least a little insane. I mean, don't you think the people doing those shows are a little insane? I know I do. This movie is all about poking fun at that notion.
Just watch it without trying to psychoanalyze everything. While it doesn't pop into my mind as one of the most entertaining films of all time... I can't help but watch it when it comes on HBO. It comes on, I stop what I'm doing, and watch the rest of it. Every time. And every time I laugh. And there are lots of movies that come on that I'd say are better, but yet they don't stop me and cause me to sit down and watch them for the umpteenth time. It's definitely one of those under rated movies that you yourself will probably under rate. Yet still... it's just good somehow.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent!
It is Exactly what I wanted. Unfortunately there was no case but I'm happy with it either way. Hilarious movie
Published 6 months ago by Abbey
4.0 out of 5 stars Edward Norton made me laugh til I cried
Okay, a lot of critics did not like this movie. But who cares? It's hilarious, dark and appeals to the twisted and goofy in all of us. Read more
Published on May 27 2006 by Rebecca Taylor
5.0 out of 5 stars Okay, boys, lets go pray and get sh*tfaced!
After critics panned this film, I waited until it was out on DVD before I watched it. I will never listen to a critic again. Read more
Published on June 29 2004 by Alexandra Huebner
4.0 out of 5 stars Dark Comedy benefits Terrific Comedic Performances.
After being fired, An Selazy Ex-Host (Oscar-WInner:Robin Williams) of a Popular T.V Kids Show Host tries to plot a Revenge against his Barney-Like replacement (Edward Norton). Read more
Published on April 29 2004 by Christian Pelchat
4.0 out of 5 stars Just Plain Funny -- Reminds me a bit of 'Get Shorty'
There are a ton of reviews here on this movie, so I won't expound too much on this. This is a funny movie. If you like comedy, you'll enjoy this. Read more
Published on April 12 2004 by Derek J Visocky
5.0 out of 5 stars EXTREMELY UNDERRATED!!
The story revolves around two childhood heroes, who are Rainbow Randolph ( Robin Williams) and Sheldon Mopes aka Smoochy (Edward Norton). Read more
Published on Feb. 21 2004 by Mitch Weaver
4.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious!
This movie was full of dark, sick, and overall STUPID humor (in a Pythonesque way), that is like a breath of fresh air in today's homogenized, by-the-books school of 'comedy'... Read more
Published on Feb. 21 2004
1.0 out of 5 stars NOT FUNNY!
This movie was full of dark, sick, and overall STUPID humor, that is NOT funny, but, just came off as distirbinmg.
Published on Feb. 6 2004
4.0 out of 5 stars Only for those with a sense of humour
Danny DeVito's blacker-than-black comedy went straight to video in most countries after famously tanking at the US box-office. Read more
Published on Jan. 24 2004 by Steven Reynolds
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