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Death to Smoochy (2002)

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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Rainbow Randolph
... Sheldon Mopes / Smoochy the Rhino
... Nora Wells
... Burke Bennett
... Marion Frank Stokes
... Tommy Cotter
... Angelo Pike
... Spinner Dunn
... Merv Green
... Buggy Ding Dong
Craig Eldridge ... Husband
Judy White ... Wife
Tim MacMenamin ... Danny
Bruce McFee ... Roy
Glen Cross ... Jimmy
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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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Smoochy  »

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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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Singer Henry Rollins auditioned for the part of Spinner. Rollins details the first audition with Danny DeVito on his spoken word performance DVD Henry Rollins: Up for It (2001), part of which consists of throwing a chair at DeVito. See more »

Goofs

When Catherene Keener throws a Frisbie at Sheldon's head it comes out of her right hand spinning clockwise, but in the Frisbie point-of-view shot it is spinning counter-clockwise. See more »

Quotes

Randolph: You want your little booger eater on my show?
Wife: Yes, very much.
Randolph: Then don't tell me how to run my fucking business.
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References Being John Malkovich (1999) See more »

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Amazing Grace
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Written by John Newton
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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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