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Death to Smoochy (2002)

R  |   |  Comedy, Crime, Drama  |  29 March 2002 (USA)
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Kids show host Rainbow Randolph is fired in disgrace while his replacement, Sheldon Mopes, aka Smoochy the Rhino, finds himself a rising star. Unfortunately for Sheldon, the kid's TV business isn't all child's play.

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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. Written by MonkeyKingMA

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It's the Rhino vs. the Wino... with a little help from the mob See more »


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Rated R for language and sexual references | See all certifications »

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$55,000,000 (estimated)

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$4,266,463 (USA) (29 March 2002)

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$8,355,815 (USA) (3 May 2002)
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Features a shot of Catherine Keener whizzing a Frisbee at Edward Norton which is very similar to a shot in The War of the Roses (1989) which was also directed by Danny DeVito. See more »

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When Catherene Keener throws a Frisbie at Sheldon's head it comes out of her right hand spinning clockwise, but in the Frisbie point-of-view shot it is spinning counter-clockwise. See more »

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[Merv got kidnapped by the mob]
Merv Green: It was a mistake! an Honest mistake! I only did it to help the Children!
Tommy: You like kids, eh?
Merv Green: Yes!
Tommy: You like fairy tales, then?
Merv Green: Yeah!
Tommy: Jimmy, tell him the one about the worthless prick that got his head chopped off with an axe.
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Features Access Hollywood (1996) See more »

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Smoochy's Magic Jungle Theme
Music by David Newman
Lyrics by Adam Resnick
Performed by Edward Norton
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An Original Adult Comedy
1 October 2002 | by (utah) – See all my reviews

Death to Smoochy pushes the envelope of comedy, only to fail because it couldn't find the right audience. This comedy is amazing for its intensity and biting scenes that run side by side with comedy, there are dark scenes, harder dramatic elements not usually seen in regular comedies. Yet, this fun, entertaining, and cerebral comedy has great elements of timing, acting, and directing. Not for children, but the nature of plot (doesn't automatically capture any other audience), this sleeper comedy is a must see, because it breaks out of the mold of funny comedies into a more sophisticated, grown up form of laughter and comedical relief.


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