Patch Adams [HD DVD]
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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
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This movie is based on the book "Gesundheit: Good Health is a Laughing Matter" by Hunter Doherty Adams with Maureen Mylander.
Mike Farrell of "M*A*S*H" fame was one of the producers of this movie.
This movie is also based on the true story of Hunter "Patch" Adams.
At the movie's beginning we are taken to the psychiatric ward of a hospital in 1969. We discover here how Hunter Adams (Robin Williams) gets his unique nickname of "Patch" and why he decides to become a medical doctor.
Two years later he goes to medical school where he encounters, among other things, a snobby roommate named Mitch (Philip Seymour Hoffman), a very traditional medical school dean (Bob Gunton), meets a fellow medical student named Truman (Daniel London) who becomes his good friend, and as well meets a stand-offish female medical student Corinne (Monica Potter) who eventually sees his point of view with respect to medicine.
Patch's antics at the hospital where he learns to become a doctor are hilarious. (These antics almost get him kicked out of medical school.) But there is a method to his madness as he wants to humanize medicine. His underlying philosophy is:
"A doctor's mission should be not just to prevent death but also to improve the quality of life [of patients]."
He eventually has a brainstorm of building a free clinic called the "Gesundheit Institute" and to get started he starts a free clinic while still attending medical school.
A tragedy occurs but Patch is able to overcome it.Read more ›
But what makes this movie 5 stars is that combined with the good acting and entertainment value, many life's lessons are portrayed. Here are just a few of many. The value of:
* treating patients (and all people) as individuals with feelings, dreams, interests and talents to improve their quality of life, regardless of whether one can cure a disease.Read more ›
First, one poster said that the woman that played Robin's romantic lead never existed but that someone the real Patch Adams knew was murdered. I say so what that she didn't exist! The real Patch felt close to someone and he lost that person to show that anyone can feel loss. The point was to have a romantic love interest. Poetic license. We find that in lots of movies and no one has a problem with it do they!
One poster said the real Patch Adams hated the movie and that he refused to accept the check. Has he ever sued because it's an exaggeration of him? No, so what's the problem! Lots of real people are exaggerated. The point of Patch is to show that there are some doctors who DO care about patients as people.
One poster criticized the character of Patch as acting like an idiot and that he really didn't behave that way. I again, say SO WHAT! What's wrong with portraying a doctor who has a bit of unconventional humor as a character. It breaks up the monotany of serious characters. The exaggerated non existent behavior is to prove a point that humor CAN be used. Maybe if real doctors did act the way Patch's exaggerated character did, we'd like doctors a little better. Did the real Patch Adams have a problem with it? No doubt. Robin Williams was both serious and frenetic demonstrating that he was able to be BOTH at the same time in the same movie.
Did the real Patch Adams never run his clinic without a license that one poster was very adament on pointing out? I believe it. But the point is, Patch DID have one. Who cares if what went on there could've been fiction. Who cares if he never stole anything from the hospital to stock it.Read more ›
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One of the family favorite's... Great story, great acting.Published 9 days ago by donald c gheen jr
Great movie! Though his approach to caring for patients was unconventional he delivered what modern medicine could not and that was an emotional connection with his patients.Published 12 days ago by cynthia rodriguez
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