Death to Smoochy (2002)

A naive, fuchsia colored rhino plunges into the seedy world of children’s TV after being chosen to replace the devious and corrupt Rainbow Randolph. But, the fired host isn’t giving up so easily. 

Death to Smoochy features everything that should make it a cult standard (great cast, fantastic premise, slick style). But, the execution feels off. Norton is as tame and dull as you will ever see him. Williams plays it big, but his scene-stealing ways end up being as much of a hindrance as a positive. The crime elements take over way too much of the film, and we found ourselves wishing it would return to the jokes and vibrant TV set pieces.

We hate to say it, but perhaps Smoochy should be put out of his misery. 

Directed by Danny DeVito.
Starring Robin Williams, Edward Norton and Catherine Keener.
109 Minutes – Rated R

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