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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 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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$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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Trivia

The newspaper given to Sheldon by Nora, if read closely, is a joke within itself. Visible in the shot, the middle and right paragraphs read: "The stories that people come up with are so very entertaining. Create different articles everyday? I'm sure it's much easier when you have a topic to write about which I currently do not. The serial killer pictured above is in fact not really a serial killer. He or she is probably a friend of someone who let us use their photo." See more »

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While Randolph is driving Sheldon through New York City, the trees outside the car look green, and people walking around are dressed fairly lightly. This is obviously during the spring/summer. However, when they arrive at their destination in New Jersey, it is snowing very hard, and the large amount of snow on the ground indicates it was snowing for a long time. See more »

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Buggy Ding Dong: [when falling to his death] I never saw Venice.
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Referenced in Death to Smoochy: Behind the Scenes Documentary (2002) See more »

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The Friends Song
Music by Edward Norton
Lyrics by Edward Norton
Performed by Edward Norton
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Surprisingly Good, And Nicely-Filmed Black Comedy
10 February 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I'm almost embarrassed to say it but I really enjoy this film. I say that because of the humor is sick, mainly the tirades spouted by Robin Williams (especially with kids nearby). Otherwise, this black comedy offers a really wonderful character as the lead good guy: "Smoochy the Rhino," played well by Edward Norton. How Norton could deliver some of these lines with a straight face is beyond me. He must have required numerous takes. He's a real hoot in here.

Despite what you might have read from national critics, there are a lot of laughs in this film. I also thought the cinematography was interesting with vivid, fascinating colors and some nice closeup shots. For a comedy, I don't expect photography to be as good as it is in here. Kudos to the director and cinematographer.

Williams, as the bitter dethroned kiddies TV host, " 'Rainbow' Randolph Smiley," is, well.....Robin Williams, which means very profane and very funny. I expect that sort of profanity out of him, and he gets away with it here and there because of his great comedic talent, but I hate to hear it from female leads who are supposed to be likable. That's the case with Catherine Keener, who seems to play a lot of these hard-looking, foul- mouthed women.....although "Smoochy" finally softens her up by the end of this story.

At any rate, you have to appreciate black comedy and this kind of almost-perverse humor, to like this movie. Of acquaintances who have viewed this film, I am the only one who liked it


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