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Death to Smoochy (2002), R
Analysis Date: March 29, 2002
CAP Score: 26
CAP Influence Density: 2.83
DEATH TO SMOOCHY (R) -- Rainbow is vulgar! Rainbow is obscene! Rainbow is Robin Williams!!!
Distributed by: Warner Bros.
Director(s): Danny DeVito
Producer(s): Jill Besnoy, Doug Davison, Jody Hedien, John Kreidman, Andrew Lazar, Joshua Levinson, Peter MacGregor-Scott, Lisa Reardon
Written by/Screenplay: Adam Resnick
Cinematography/Camera: Anastas N. Michos
Music: David Newman, Adam Resnick
Editing: Jon Poll
Death to Smoochy is a satire claiming all kid's show stars have skeletons in their closets. Randolph Smiley is the reigning star of the KidNet TV network's most popular kid's show, "Rainbow Randolph." Though somewhat conceited and arrogant on the show, he is more than that off-screen. And he is busted in a bar for accepting a payoff from an FBI husband/wife pair to get their son on the show. Oh, no! Scandal in kid's TV!! Introducing Randolph Smiley! Star of the hit kid's show "Rainbow Randolph!" Rainbow is vulgar! Rainbow is obscene! Rainbow is Robin Williams!!! [Col. 3:8]
Vulgar and obscene he was. [Ps. 12:8, Eph. 5:4, Matt. 12:36] Thirty-five uses of the most foul of the foul words. Fifty-eight uses of the rest of the three/four letter word vocabulary. Three uses of God's name in vain with the four letter expletive and 7 without [Deut. 5:11]. And most by Williams. I used to like Williams when he played roles such as the genie in Aladdin and in Mrs. Doubtfire even with its homosexual characters and other somewhat quality programming. But his favor with me plummeted with Birdcage and hit rock bottom with Death to Smoochy. After seeing him in these kinds of films, he will never again be a responsible performer for me. To me his mouth will always be foul now no matter what words he speaks and will always be liplocking with another man. And I doubt I am alone. [Ps. 15:2 - 4]
Wanting a squeaky clean star to wash out the dirt spread by Smiley, the TV network CEO demands TV execs Frank Stokes (Jon Stewart) and Nora Wells (Catherine Keener) to find that squeaky clean star. Stokes and Wells find several kidshow stars but all with skeletons in their closets -- except one. Sheldon "Smoochy" Mopes (Edward Norton), a one-man show of wholesome and proper, the likes of which few have seen in this day and age. He performs as a big purple rhinoceros at kid's hospitals and detox programs and won't even use a potty word. What a man!
Stokes and Wells have found their man. Randolph is unhappy. Unhappy to the point of wanting death for Smoochy. Sheldon is a hit with the kids! But Sheldon will take some shaping to fill the bill. Shaping to accept a lesser presence as Stokes and Wells push merchandise with the Smoochy name, conveniently edging Smoochy himself into the "corner" of the stage. Smoochy is forced into selling all manner of snacks for kids with all manner of unhealthy content. Mopes is an avid health food nut. Merchandising unhealthy snack foods to kids is not within the character of Mopes. Conveniently, along comes Burke (Danny DeVito) with all the answers in the agent lingo. Burke arranges for Mopes to be his own producer of Smoochy. Now Mopes is in seventh heaven, calling all the "shots."
In an underhanded maneuver, Burke implores Mopes to do a kids' ice show. But little does Smoochy know that the ice shows are run by low life bad guys. Y'see, getting Smoochy connected with the bad guys is one of Rainbow Randolph's maneuvers to besmirch Smoochy so Randolph can get his job back. Rainbow is behind Burke's maneuvers to besmirch Smoochy. Rainbow even tries attempted suicide by dousing himself with gasoline and uttering his sob story with a lit match in his fingers.
That this is an R-rated movie does not excuse filth in film ... and this film has its share of filth [Ps. 12:8]. As I said above, there are many uses of many variations of dirty language including God's name in vain AND the most foul of the foul words. There is sexual talk, imagery and objects before children and coercion of them [Luke 17:2]. Williams makes the movie a vehicle for promoting jabs for homosexuality such as asking a man to wear thong underwear and a little smooch between Rainbow Randolph and Smoochy at the end of the show [1Cor. 6:9-10]. There are many more things of unsavory behavior but I will leave them to your discovery from the listing in the Findings/Scoring section of this analysis report.
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Offense to God (O)(2):
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|"There are some in the entertainment industry who maintain that 1) violent programming is harmless because no studies exist that prove a connection between violent entertainment and aggressive behavior in children, and 2) young people know that television, movies, and video games are simply fantasy. Unfortunately, they are wrong on both accounts." And "Viewing violence may lead to real life violence." I applaud these associations for fortifying 1 Cor. 15:33. Read the rest of the story. From our nearly seven years of study, I contend that other aberrant behaviors, attitudes, and expressions can be inserted in place of "violence" in that statement. Our Director - Child Psychology Support, a licensed psychologist and certified school psychologist concurs. For example, "Viewing arrogance against fair authority may lead to your kids defying you in real life." Or "Viewing sex may lead to sex in real life." Likewise and especially with impudence, hate and foul language. I further contend that any positive behavior can be inserted in place of "violence" with the same chance or likelihood of being a behavior template for the observer; of being incorporated into the behavior mechanics and/or coping skills of the observer. In choosing your entertainment, please consider carefully the "rest of the story" and our findings.|