Patch Adams [HD DVD] [Import]
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Patch Adams raises two schools of thought: There are those who are inspired by the true story of a troubled man who finds happiness in helping others--a man set on changing the world and who may well accomplish the task. And then there are those who feel manipulated by this feel-good story, who want to smack the young medical student every time he begins his silly antics.
Staving off suicidal thoughts, Hunter Adams commits himself into a psychiatric ward, where he not only garners the nickname "Patch," but learns the joy in helping others. To this end, he decides to go to medical school, where he clashes with the staid conventions of the establishment as he attempts to inject humor and humanity into his treatment of the patients ("We need to start treating the patient as well as the disease," he declares throughout the film). Robin Williams, in the title role, is as charming as ever, although someone should tell him to broaden his range--the ever-cheerful do-gooder à la Good Will Hunting and Dead Poets Society is getting a little old. His sidekick Truman (Daniel London) steals the show with his gawky allure and eyebrows that threaten to overtake his lean face--he seems more real, which is odd considering that Patch Adams does exist and this film is based on his life. Monica Potter is the coolly reluctant love interest, and she makes the most of her one-dimensional part. While moments of true heartfelt emotion do come through, the major flaw of this film is that the good guys are just so gosh-darn good and the bad ones are just big meanies with no character development. Patch Adams, though, does provide the tears, the giggles, and the kooky folks who will keep you smiling at the end. --Jenny Brown --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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I am studying medicine and I see myself in Patch Adams. It always tears me apart when I here that we are supposed to behave like heartless machines. Patients sometimes need a friend more than a doctor. "We must learn to treat the patient as well as the disease"; "Our job is improving the quality of life, not just delaying death" are some of the ideas I had already thought about before watching this.
And relax all of you: the fact that a doctor is much friendlier than usual doesn't necessarily mean he is less competent.
Williams stars as patch adams a guy who comes to work for a hospital with several patients who are either very ill or whose doctors have done little to improve their condition. adams though, knows that the way to improve their patients is not through medicine but through goodness and happiness. in adams case, he brings laughter and joy using an unusual brand of humor.
In several instances, adams dresses and acts like a clown complete with a red nose. He entertains the dying patients in the hospital with his gentle heart and breathes new life and hope into them.
''You treat a disease, you win or lose, you treat a patient, i'll guarantee you ll win'' that great lines is Adams philosophy toward treating patients.
He sees that one of the main reasons the doctors have failed in improving their patients conditions is because several of the doctors are cold-blooded and unfeeling. The doctors fail to get know their patients intimately and fail most of all to make their patients happy. several of william's colleagues a guy named mitch and a girl name annie are skeptical at first, but after witnessing the improvement in the patients, they see that adams is just what the doctor ordered.
However, not all the people in the hospital is happy with adams. The main boss of the hospital (obviously jealous with adams amazing ability to relate and bring joy the patients) wants adams to quit or be fired from the hospital.Read more ›
by Robin Williams,goes through dark period in his life(acquiring the
nickname "Patch" along the way) and emerges with a new outlook on
life.he goes to medical school and becomes a doctor,bucking the system
along the way,and butting heads with one of the Deans.the reason:Patch
believes that laughter is truly the best medicine.as a result he
delivers his own brand of medicine to the patients.along the way he
makes some friends and teaches them the value of laughter.the movie
also has dark side,and is very heart wrenching at times.but he message
that laughter is the best medicine comes through strongly.(maybe a bit
too strongly)it is a bit maudlin and overly inspirational at times,with
some very cheesy scenes and it may not be completely realistic,but it
has its heart in the right place. 4/5
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Great movie of all times, RIP to Robin WIlliams he's such a great actor...Published 12 months ago by Louise Lascak