Death to Smoochy

Film, Comedy
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This pointed satire on the world of children's TV written by Adam Resnick, who worked on Seinfeld and Larry Sanders, went straight to video in Britain (where, regrettably, it had tolled the funeral bell of FilmFour). Williams is a disgraced kids' entertainer. His time slot has been filled by Norton's pink rhino Smoochy - or, as Williams has it, 'bastard son of Barney'. A revenge campaign is launched against the pudgy purple rhino. Filled with superb, heartless, lyrical oneliners, DeVito's film occasionally goes over-the-top - note Pam Ferris as an Irish gangster or Harvey Fierstein as an underworld 'fixer'. Still, there's enough cruelty and dark humour to amuse even the most cynical.

By: NFr

Release details

Duration: 109 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Danny DeVito
Screenwriter: Adam Resnick
Cast: Robin Williams
Edward Norton
Catherine Keener
Danny DeVito
Jon Stewart
Pam Ferris
Danny Woodburn
Michael Rispoli
Harvey Fierstein
Vincent Schiavelli
Craig Eldridge
Judy White
Tim MacMenamin
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