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Death to Smoochy back to product details

not dumb enough to be funny, not smart enough to be fun
written by jamkat79 March 24, 2004 - 2:42 PM PST
2 out of 2 members found this review helpful
This movie is all the more painful when you consider what it could have been. Danny Devito is going for something darkly comic and affectionately quirky; what he ends up with, however, is mean and senseless, a kooky script colored by poor writing and obvious gags. I have friends who love the movie, but I laughed exactly once.

Maybe a truly comic actor like Adam Sandler could have summoned up the dopey innocence needed to sell the Smoochy character, but Norton (much as I love him as an actor) fails.

Kiss this movie off
written by underdog October 25, 2002 - 11:07 AM PDT
4 out of 5 members found this review helpful

An almost loveable mess of a movie, this story of warring factions on a children's TV network has some genuinely inspired moments of lunacy and some great lines -- oh, and Catherine Keener, too. But it all adds up to... nothing, with an ending about as satisfying as warm, flat 7-Up. Danny deVito severely overdirects to a dizzying degree, almost as if he wasn't confident enough in the script. (Understandably.) Norton (as a crunchy granola Barney) is pretty funny, and Williams has his moments, but the whole thing gets tiresome pretty quickly -- especially as they add in way too many "mob" characters to keep track of. It's too bad -- it coulda been a contender.


(Average 6.16)
166 Votes
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