a scream in 'Smooch'"
April 29, 2002
by Jenni Ross
to Smoochy" is one of the weirdest movie's I've seen in a while, completely
different from anything else showing in the theaters. It's aimed at an audience
that likes twisted humor.
begins with the lovable Rudolph Rainbow (Robin Williams) dancing and singing
in his hit kid's TV show. The wonderful Rudolph isn't all that he seems, and
after the FBI catches him selling a spot on his show, his life is destroyed.
Strokes (Jon Stewart) and Nora (Catherine Keener), the network heads,
suddenly need a new host (one with some integrity) and choose "Smoochy" (Edward
Norton), who sings for druggies in rehab centers and promotes healthy and positive
almost instantly shoots to the top, making Rudolph furious. Rudolph begins to
plot Smoochy's fall and his own return to stardom.
most part, "Death to Smoochy" shows off its cast's amazing acting skills. Recalling
Norton's serious character in "Fight Club" makes for a sharp contrast as you
watch him sing in a rhino suit as Smoochy. Every line Williams said made me
laugh. It's almost worth the ticket price just to watch these actors. Keener
was the show's weak element. In fact, she was just downright pathetic. When
her lines should have filled the theater with laughter, they instead brought
sighs and bitter silence. On a bright note, her terrible acting made Norton,
Devito and Williams look even better.
film is filled with surprises. I anticipated the ending, but that was because
the movie dragged on too long. The dialogue was hilarious but could be offensive
problem with this movie is that I can't exactly describe its target audience.
It's most definitely not a kids' film as any child who sees it would be sad
and scared. At the same time, many adults wouldn't be able to relate to the
film's themes or jokes. Also, many teens might find it a little too childish
or "out-there." But as someone who normally doesn't like dark humor, I was surprised
by the amount of things I found funny.
important to remember that this film was directed by Danny DeVito, which explains
the creative camera angles, lighting and humor. It also assures that it's not
meant to be taken seriously on any level.
looking for a comedy that's a bit unusual, watch the entertaining "Death to
to Smoochy" is playing at Coeur d'Alene Discount Cinemas.
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