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MPAA Rating - R

Length:
    109 Minutes

Genre:
    Comedy

Original Release Date:
    Sep 17, 2002

Director
    Danny DeVito

Cast
    Robin Williams

 
Movie Summary
Danny DeVito steps behind the camera for this darkly funny satire that combines elements of Barney and Friends with the real-life Pee-Wee Herman scandal while recalling the directors previously twisted lack comedies Throw Momma From the Train (1987) and The War of the Roses (1989). Robin Williams stars as Randolph Smiley, a popular childrens show host known professionally as Rainbow Randolph. Dismissed from his beloved job when hes caught taking payola, Randolph becomes increasingly mentally unhinged and the target of his delusional revenge fantasies is Sheldon Mopes (Edward Norton), otherwise known as Smoochy, the fuchsia rhino character that has replaced him and soared to national popularity. Randolph soon learns that his ex-girlfriend and network executive Nora Wells (Catherine Keener) is sleeping with Sheldon, so he sets out to kill Smoochy, egged on by an unexpected ally: corporate president Marion Frank Stokes (Jon Stewart), who should be profiting from Smoochys rise to fame, except for the fact that he and his cronies are unable to control the idealistic Sheldons on-air agenda. Death to Smoochy (2002) co-stars Harvey Fierstein, Vincent Shiavelli, and Michael Rispoli. ~ Karl Williams, All Movie Guide


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