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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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He's Big, He's Blue, He's Smoochy... and He's got to DIE! 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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Richard Hamilton's last film. See more »

Goofs

When Rainbow grabs the light to smash the TV there is a bulb in it. But when we see him hitting it, there is no bulb inside the light. See more »

Quotes

Sheldon: I'll be in my office, the big one with a view!
Nora: They all have views, you dumb shit!
Sheldon: Not looking this way, cupcake!
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Featured in Comedy Central Canned Ham: Death to Smoochy (2002) See more »

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Tosca - Vissi D'Arte
Written by Giacomo Puccini (as G. Puccini), Giuseppe Giacosa (as G. Giacosa) and Luigi Illica (as L. Illica)
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Hilariously intelligent and original satire.
26 February 2007 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

With a brilliant cast, well written script and precise direction, this black comedy is well worth watching.

I can understand that some people didn't like it, as black comedy isn't for everyone; especially black comedy set around the business of children's television. But Death to Smoochy is an intelligent and well written film that is completely original.

Edward Norton is spot on as the moralistic Sheldon Mopes and Robin Williams is absolutely hilarious as the off the rails Rainbow Randolph. This doesn't however, take away from the rest of the cast, who are also all perfect.

The story line is tight and entertaining to the very last second. I've looked very hard to find fault with this film - and I can't find any. Even the ending, which could be construed as sugary sweet, fits into the fantasy type world of the film.

The important thing to remember about this film is that it's a satire, and taking a satire seriously is a big mistake. A funny and interesting satire is very hard to do, but in this instance it's something that Adam Resnick and Danny Danny DeVito have achieved brilliantly.


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