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Death to Smoochy (2002)

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Critic Consensus: The talent involved can't save a script that has nowhere to go with its promising premise.

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Randolph Smiley has it all--as star of the highest rated kid's show on TV, "Rainbow Randolph" has a penthouse, a Times Square billboard, cars, boats and all the indulgence that celebrity brings. Randolph also has an alcohol problem and a penchant for taking bribes from stage parents. These under-the-table transactions are quite lucrative until the Feds get wise. Busted and instantly reviled, Randolph is a star no more. Scandals don't play well to the under-8 demographic. Enter Sheldon Mopes and his alter ego "Smoochy," a puffy, fuscia rhinoceros. Eager to expand his audience beyond a Brooklyn methadone clinic, Smoochy--with his innocence and unrelenting ethics--is the perfect remedy for what ails the networks. Also, the kids love him! Sheldon soon learns, however, that children's television is a dangerous world, steeped in corruption, back stabbing and violence. Broke and homeless, Randolph doesn't share America's enthusiasm for his replacement--and thusly plots fierce revenge against Smoochy.
Rating:
R (for language and sexual references)
Genre:
Comedy
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Box Office:
$8,308,230.00
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Cast

Edward Norton
as Sheldon Mopes
Robin Williams
as `Rainbow' Randolph Smiley
Catherine Keener
as Nora Wells
Danny DeVito
as Burke Bennett
Jon Stewart
as Marion Frank Stokes
Pam Ferris
as Tommy Cotter
Danny Woodburn
as Angelo Pike
Michael Rispoli
as Spinner Dunn
Harvey Fierstein
as Merv Green
Vincent Schiavelli
as Buggy Ding Dong
Glen Cross
as Jimmy
Craig Eldridge
as Husband
Judy White
as Wife
Bill Lake
as Bartender
Nick Taylor
as Henry the Thug
Richard A. Cocchiaro Jr.
as Mitch the Thug
Tracey Walter
as Ben Franks
Louis Giambalvo
as Sonny Gordon
Colin Moult
as Rhinette/Krinkle Kid #1
Nikolai Tichtchenko
as Rhinette/Krinkle Kid #2
Martin Klebba
as Rhinette/Krinkle Kid #3
Tonya Renee Banks
as Rhinette/Krinkle Kid #4
Christy Artran
as Rhinette/Krinkle Kid #5
Philip Craig
as Senator
Natasha Kinne
as Smoochy's Secretary
Richard Hamilton
as Old Vagrant
Shawn Byfield
as Rickets
Todd Graff
as Skip Kleinman
Dan Duran
as Hunter
Michael Copeman
as Reporter #1
James Carroll
as Reporter #2
Phil Jarrett
as Reporter #3
Thomas Lyons
as Reporter #5
Angela Bullock
as Reporter #6
Robert M. Sussman
as Reporter #7
Matthew Arkin
as Save the Rhino Man
Hugo Jansuzian
as Hispanic Dad
Silvia Rojas
as Hispanic Mom
Mario Andres Torres
as Hispanic Boy
Sabrina Jansuzian
as Hispanic Girl
Fred Scialla
as Man in Crowd
Adam Bryant
as Man in Crowd #2
Richard Ziman
as Man in Crowd #3
Samantha Cordero
as Little Girl
Peter Keleghan
as News Anchor
Dave Brown
as McCall
James Binkley
as Cop #1
Vito Rezza
as Lead Cop
Lou Cantres
as Little Girl's Dad
Lauren Flanigan
as Opera Diva
Cara Wakelin
as Princess
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Critic Reviews for Death to Smoochy

All Critics (120) | Top Critics (29)

A broad, braying yuk fest that revels in coarse jokes ... lacks the courage of its own cynicism ... and refuses to develop its own premise.

Full Review… | September 16, 2002
L.A. Weekly
Top Critic

A dark comedy that blows up like an exploding cigar, leaving nothing much behind but smoke, noise and a bad taste.

July 20, 2002
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

Death to Smoochy is often very funny, but what's even more remarkable is the integrity of DeVito's misanthropic vision.

April 2, 2002
Village Voice
Top Critic

I'm sure that some country, maybe France or something, will hail this as a work of genius, because it is so incredibly awful.

April 1, 2002
Ebert & Roeper
Top Critic

A blacker than black comedy.

Full Review… | March 29, 2002
Washington Post
Top Critic

This is a particularly toxic little bonbon, palatable to only a chosen and very jaundiced few.

Full Review… | March 29, 2002
Washington Post
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Death to Smoochy

I loved the black comedy and how so many awful things happen with the involve of a children TV show. But Death to Smoochy have a bad script, what don't hel´p the movie. Rotten.

Lucas Martins
Lucas Martins

Super Reviewer

He's Big, He's Blue, He's Smoochy... and He's got to DIE! Good fun movie. It's entertaining and the story was smart and witty with lots of oddballs thrown around. Nice cast to go along with Williams and Norton who were very funny. Fired in disgrace, kids show host Randolph Smiley finds himself out on the street, while his replacement Sheldon Mopes, finds himself on the fast track to success with a new hit show as the proud purple rhino Smoochy. But things take a turn for the worst when Sheldon finds out that some of the people that he works with, and some he doesn't know he's working for, are all in it for the money. Meanwhile, Randolph is slowly turning insane with his only thoughts focusing on killing Smoochy and getting back to his life of luxury.

Manu Gino
Manu Gino

Super Reviewer

Ohh what a terrible movie. the whole concept is absolutely ludicrus and boring. I found Edward Norton extremly annoying in this movie that i couldnt finish this movie without getting absolutely irritated by this movie.

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