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Death to Smoochy (2002)

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Comedy movie directed by Danny DeVito

Guaranteed to please anyone who thinks Barney is Satan's spawn,Death to Smoochymines comedy gold by skewering children's television. Adam Resnick's easy-target satire blossoms under the demented influence of director-costar Danny DeVito, … see full wiki

Director: Danny DeVito
1 review about Death to Smoochy (2002)

Irony.

  • May 17, 2003
Rating:
+3
For a nation that supposedly loves satire, I just don't understand why so many satire-loving people didn't enjoy DEATH TO SMOOCHY. I can understand why many parents would be opposed because this definitely isn't a movie that children should be watching; it's an R-rated film and even though most "teenagers" probably have seen and heard darker things in the halls of their schools, most are too young to understand the humour of this brilliant picture. However, I just can't understand why so many others seem to dislike this film unless it's because the movie is such a good satire, too many people see themselves in the film.

Basically, DEATH TO SMOOCHY is a dark comedy (satire) about children's entertainment in America. It illustrates everything that is wrong with the business of children's entertainment, mainly the whole business part of it. And contrary to what some people believe, there is a message here, though a very subtle one and may not have even been intended. That message being that it's only the purest of hearts that really succeed and make a difference and be sure to never loose sight of your ideals, otherwise you'll either be crushed or corrupted.

Robin Williams and Ed Norton are great in their roles and for once Williams' maniac comedy doesn't stick out; he actually seems normal in the twisted realm in which his character exists. The script is great and there are some really great scenes and lines. Danny Devito did an excellent job at balancing the cartoony/bizarre parts of the film with the real-life situations it is satirizing.

As someone who briefly worked in the children's entertainment industry, I can attest to how accurate the film is. Everything is an exaggeration of what actually occurs, but this brilliant satire does illustrate everything that is wrong with children's entertainment in America.

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