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Death to Smoochy (2002)

A 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 business of kids television isn't all child's play.

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Bruce McFee ...
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Glen Cross ...
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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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29 March 2002 (USA)  »

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Smoochy  »

Box Office

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$55,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$4,266,463 (USA) (31 March 2002)

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$8,355,815 (USA) (5 May 2002)
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Trivia

In Sheldon's (Edward Norton's) house/apartment he has a picture of a rhino on his wall. He kept this picture and has it hanging on his wall in real life. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Randolph: Didn't she tell you of the love we once had. Passionate yet tender, old-fashioned yet experimental.
Sheldon: Randolph, you have lost your mind.
Randolph: Oh, enlighten the lad, Nora. You were such a hot little brood mare, does the bridle still fit?
Sheldon: Hey, watch your mouth mister!
Nora: What experiments? I've had firmer handshakes, ya drunk.
Randolph: Please, it's small but, it's fierce!
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Referenced in Nostalgia Critic: Flubber (2010) See more »

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I Feel Pretty
Written by Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim
Performed by Carol Lawrence
Courtesy of Columbia Records
By Arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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Great film - if you're looking for a laugh out loud affair
21 January 2005 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

This film's been released on DVD for a while and at my local blockbusters, i noticed it quietly sitting in a corner next to Day after tomorrow and dirty dancing 2. But as i work in blockbusters, i get free rentals every week so thought i might as well rent it out. Man, was i in for a shocker!! Talk about totally hilarious.

Some of the gags in this film were quality - Robin Williams is at his comical best. I'm not saying it's Williams' best ever film (cough good will hunting cough) but certainly he's never been this funny. His gag about the abnormally shaped cookie was so funny. In fact, i've never laughed this much since Dumb and Dumber.

Edward Norton was actually very believable as the clean cut good guy. I didn't expect it from him after watching Fight club and American history X but he carried out his role really well.

Catherine Keener also looked really beautiful, she played her power-hungry turned nice chick character to a tee.

Even though the story is about a kids show, there's a lot of dark comedy in it e.g. the involvement of the Irish gangsters (by the way also very funny) showing what a good job Danny devito has done directing this film. Credit to him. All the characters in the film served a purpose and above all, did it well!! All seemed believable and Robin Williams was the star.

If you watch this film, persevere for the first 20 minutes because after which the jokes and plot come in hard and thick.

Top stuff, rent if you want a comedy with original storyline and a little bit of good humoured smut thrown in for good measure.


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