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Death to Smoochy (Widescreen Edition)

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Editorial Reviews

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.

Special Features

  • Additional Scenes
  • Bloopers and Outtakes
  • Behind the scenes Documentary
  • Interactive Ice Show
  • Magic Cookie Bag Gallery
  • Hidden Scene
  • Web Enabled Interactive Smoochy Games

Product Details

  • Actors: Robin Williams, Edward Norton, Catherine Keener, Danny DeVito, Jon Stewart
  • Directors: Danny DeVito
  • Writers: Adam Resnick
  • Producers: Andrew Lazar, Doug Davison, Jill Besnoy, Jody Hedien, John Kreidman
  • Format: Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: September 17, 2002
  • Run Time: 109 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (294 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00006CXI1
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #23,147 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Death to Smoochy (Widescreen Edition)" on IMDb

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This movie is a prime example of why I never listen to professional critics. Most of the time, they hate movies that I love and love movies that I hate. Of course this movie isn't going to win any Acadamy Awards. Of course it isn't the best film ever. It's not trying to be. I found "Death to Smoochy" to be a dark and entertaining comedy with a really creative story. Robin Williams and Edward Norton star in this off-the-wall freak show directed by Danny DeVito.
Williams used to be "Rainbow Randolph;" a kiddie-show host who children just adored. That is, until he was busted for taking a bribe. Now the not so rainbow man is out of the job and is homeless. Out of an act of desperate measures, the company decides to hire Edward Norton; a dorky self-righteous dweeb without a single skeleton hiding in his closet. A new kiddie-show host is born, and his name is "Smoochy the Rhino." Well, Rainbow Randolph is not pleased at all. In fact, he's willing to take the rhino down for good. Because he's going hunting! The story unfolds with some of the most outrageous twists and turns to be seen in a comedy in a long time.
The acting is really good, and is right for this type of movie. Williams is over-the-top as always, and Norton really gives us the impression of such a moral imbecile, he makes Ned Flanders look like a no good hoodlum! The cast also inculdes Jon Stewart, Catherine Keener, and Danny DeVito himself. They all do this movie justice.
The directing by DeVito really shines in this movie. Had it been given to anyone else, it could've been a disaster. He knew when to have the actors take it up a notch and then tone it down when the time was right. I also really liked how the movie was filmed.
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I must have laughed half way through the movie, no kidding, just thinking about it makes me laugh... it was soooo funny!

The cover gives the impression that it is stupid but in reality the movie itself is a work of certifiable genious... I can't describe how good it is.

The fact that the movie itself was good but slightly stupid, and then any scene with Robin Williams in it makes you think that you will die laughing... His irradical hatred for the rhino "Smoochey" is blown ridiculously out of proportion and is just downright hilarious.

There was a scene where Robin Williams, (Raindbow Randolph) is watching TV and is seeing Smoochey on every channel and the dialouge is just hilarious.

"I Despise You..."

"I Loathe You!"

(Picks up a lamp and starts smashing the Tv while yelling:)

"Bastard son of Barnie!"

"Illeginamat Telitubby!"

"Die You Muppet From Hell!"

and then just starts screaming for like 10 seconds,



"Die!!" all the while smashing the Tv into tiny pieces with a lamp, and there's just this crazy look in his eyes that makes me laugh for hours.

I simply can't stress how good this movie is, dumb, ya, a little, but still, hilarious and well made.

give this a watch... you'll laugh.
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I don't think I've ever laughed harder than at "Death to Smoochy." The critics really missed the boat on this one - I guess only indie films are supposed to be dark and twisted. Danny DeVito has an all star cast (Ed Norton, Robin Williams, Catherine Keener, Jon Stewart, and himself), an enormous budget, and a script that's far too good for Hollywood. Between Keener's one-liners, Norton's naive saintliness, and Williams' breakneck insults, it's almost too much to handle. There are so many clever comedians here that the film suffers from a joyous excess. DeVito has also managed to do something that no one before him could - he normalizes Robin Williams. Within the gleefully insane context of the movie, Williams is as normal as anyone, or at least reasonably cracked, rather than completely out of place. A warning: this is not a movie for A) anyone who can remember having been offended, B) anyone who thinks that satire has to have a moral, or C) children. This is slapstick of the highest order. It exists solely to make adults laugh. Imagine the Coen Brothers directing a Tex Avery cartoon, and you'll begin to get the idea.
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This movie stars Edward Norton, is there anything more that can be said? ;) It's so nice to see such amazing diversity in an actor's characters. (If you want to know what I'm referring to, just go watch American History X and then Death to Smoochy).

"I think you'd have to be wired way too tight not to be able to laugh at this movie. It's able to give you a dark chuckle on an adult level and satirize things in a sophisticated way." -Edward Norton

Sure DTS's humor may be a little juvenile at some times, but it's nevertheless hillarious.

Highly recommended, if nothing else see it for Edward Norton, he gives a great performance (as always) and his character (Sheldon Mopes) is a nice change from the usual.
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Robin Williams in perhaps the single most vicious, despicable, and possibly the very funniest role of his entire career. Edward Norton as a soy-dog devouring "bottle of pancake syrup with legs". Danny Devito as a low-down greaseball. Okay, two surprises and one standard role. All three shine in this Devito-directed self-proclaimed 'black comedy', which has sparked protests from parents nationwide. Why? Don't ask me. Despite the R rating in the US and the equivalent rating of AA (Adult Accompaniment) in Canada, there actually seem to be some twits out there who will take their kids to see this simply because kiddie shows happen to be the subject material. Therefore, I will warn you now: THIS IS NOT A CHILDREN'S MOVIE. That said, it's a hilarious satire of the world of children's television and a very satisfying parody of Barney the Dinosaur. (At last!) It's also just a thoroughly enjoyable story that only gets better the second time. It has a bumper crop of corrupt, nasty villains, including the gravel-voiced Harvey Fierstein. It has enough platitudes and slipped-in health tips from Norton's free-spirited character to make anybody sick. It even has a costumed Elvis Stojko doing what he does best-- figure skating. In other words, this is one movie I may not let my kids see, but I'll be staying up late to watch it myself again and again.
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Blu ray release?
I wish. I've been waiting for years. What's really annoying is that the movie IS available in HD via various digital services, but they haven't bothered to put this HD release on disc yet.
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