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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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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 »


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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  »

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Box Office

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$55,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,266,463, 31 March 2002, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$8,355,815, 5 May 2002
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Trivia

Jim Carrey was attached to star at one point but eventually dropped out to do The Majestic (2001) See more »

Goofs

On Buggy's sniper rifle, a laser's line isn't visible. Just the dot. Its line can only be seen if it is in smoke, fog or a thick gas. See more »

Quotes

Tommy: Sometimes in this life, a man's gotta answer for his indiscretions!
[the scene transitions to when the mob had Merv Green tied to a chair]
Merv Green: It was a mistake! An honest mistake! I was just trying to help the children!
Tommy: Oh, so you like kids, eh?
Merv Green: Oh, sure!
Tommy: Oh, then I bet you know some fairy tales then.
Merv Green: Yeah!
Tommy: Hey, Danny, tell him the one about the worthless prick that gets his head chopped off with an axe!
Merv Green: [Danny pulls out an axe and approaches him] No! No! NOOOOOOOOO!
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Referenced in Howard Stern on Demand: Best of 02/20-02/24, 2006 (2006) See more »

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The Battle Hymn of the Republic
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Written by William Steffe and Julia Ward Howe
[Mistakenly co-credited to James E. Greenleaf]
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Hillarious dark comedy
29 March 2002 | by See all my reviews

This film is a dark comedy directed by Danny DeVito about the cut throat world of children's television. In this film, a popular children's show host (Robin Williams, more madcap than he's been in ages) gets caught taking a bribe and is fired, being replaced by the squeaky clean Smoochy the Rhino (Edward Norton, who is excellent in the role). Of course the former host wants his job back and sets out to "get" Smoochy... Of course everything but the kitchen sink gets thrown into the plot from organized crime to Nazis.. and everything is hillarious. A very dark film that is rated "R" for language, this film is bound to be somewhat controversal as some may be offended by the language and view of childrens programming portrayed here, but if you have an open mind going in the film is drop dead funny.. It does tend to drag a tad in the midsection as a subplot about a disabled former boxer gets tacked on, but the film is very entertaining and worth catching at the theatre. GRADE: A-


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