"Death 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.
The movie 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 living.
Smoochy almost instantly shoots to the
top, making Rudolph furious. Rudolph begins to plot Smoochy's
fall and his own return to stardom.
For the 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.
This 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 to
The biggest 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.
It's 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.
If you're looking for a comedy that's a
bit unusual, watch the entertaining "Death to Smoochy."
"Death to Smoochy" is playing at
Coeur d'Alene Discount Cinemas.