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Death to Smoochy (2002)

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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 a kids show... with gangsters, bribery and corruption! See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

29 March 2002 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Smoochy  »

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Box Office


$55,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


$8,355,815 (USA) (3 May 2002)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


When hosting The 78th Annual Academy Awards (2006), Jon Stewart mentioned this movie as one of his few acting jobs. He said "Welcome to the Seventy-Eighth Annual Academy Awards... hosted by me... the fourth male lead in "Death To Smoochy". Rent it." See more »


When Marion Stokes is standing in front of the Kidnet board after the Rainbow Randolph scandal breaks, the overheard and side-view shots show him standing in the middle of the spiral Kidnet logo. However, frontal shots show him obviously standing in front of it. See more »


Cop: Are you ok?
Randolph: I don't know. I'm kinda fucked up in general, so it's hard to gauge.
[He faints]
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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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