Death to Smoochy (2002) 2.86/5 (1)


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Rating: The Ugly – 60.1
Genre: Comedy
Duration: 109 mins
Director: Danny DeVito
Stars: Robin Williams, Edward Norton, Catherine Keener

Edward Norton and Robin Williams do battle as children’s entertainers with very different ideas about how to go about their business. Norton is a clean cut and innocent do-gooder whose alter ego Smoochy the Rhino is given the chance to be the lead star in a children’s show when its previous host, Rainbow Randolph (Williams), is fired for taking payola. Not taking it lying down, the increasingly deranged Randolph sets in motion a series of plans designed to kill Smoochy and get his old job back. Death to Smoochy is an enjoyable romp that constantly threatens to live up the potential of its premise. However, it never quite gets there due to some slightly detached directing from De Vito. That said, it’s great fun for the most part and gives us a chance to see Edward Norton in a different light.

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