Death to Smoochy Reviews
Honestly, I wasn’t sure what to expect from this flick but since I’m (or was) a huge fan of Edward Norton, I was still eager to check this movie even though it is a really obscure feature. At the time, Edward Norton was one of the most exciting young actors around (he just showed up in ‘Fight Club’ and ‘American History X’) and this movie was one of the many bewildering choices he made afterwards throughout his career. I mean, Danny DeVito did make some decent movies as a director (I especially enjoyed ‘The War of the Roses’) but he has never become a major director and this movie must be his most obscure one. Surprisingly, it was a wide release but it turned out to be a major flop at the box-office. Personally, I thought the story had some potential as a dark black comedy dealing with some messed up children's television hosts but the whole thing never managed to find the right tone. Indeed, basically, both Robin Williams and Edward Nortong were portraying some rather annoying caricatures so I was rather difficult to take the whole thing really seriously. To conclude, even though it was very flawed, I still think it is worth a look though somehow, especially if you are a fan of Edward Norton’s work.
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