Books in the Park

suggestions from the Barbara S. Ponce Public Library at Pinellas Park

Death to Smoochy (2002)

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death to smoochy coverWhen benign idealist Sheldon Mopes (Edward Norton) is given a chance to be the next big star of children’s entertainment, he is ecstatic. He envisions that his character, Smoochy the Rhino, will make the world a better place by educating children on the importance of love, friendship, and a balanced diet.

Little does he know, however, that his disgraced predecessor, Rainbow Randolph (Robin Williams), will stop at nothing to get his time-slot back.

A laugh-out-loud dark comedy that lightly satirizes the children’s entertainment industry, Death to Smoochy is my favorite Robin Williams movie. Many of the late actor’s lines are ad-libbed, and his characterization of the troubled Rainbow Randolf is masterful. Be warned that raunchy humor is the backbone of the plot (if you’ve seen some of Williams’ late career stand-up, then you know what I mean), but I don’t like raunchy humor and I love this movie nonetheless.

Also stars Danny DeVito and John Stewart.

Rated R.

Check the PPLC Catalog for Death to Smoochy.

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