Tells the story of Rainbow Randolph, the corrupt, costumed star of a popular children's TV show, who is fired over a bribery scandal and replaced by squeaky-clean Smoochy, a puffy fuscia rhinoceros. As Smoochy catapults to fame - scoring hit ratings and the affections of a network executive - Randolph makes the unsuspecting rhino the target of his numerous outrageous attempts to exact revenge and reclaim his status as America's sweetheart.
Robin Williams plays Rainbow Randolph, a children's television show host who is tossed off the air after being arrested by the F.B.I. for taking bribes to put audience members in front of the camera. Randolph is replaced by a coral-colored rhino named Smoochy, the felt-covered alter ego of Sheldon Mopes (Edward Norton). Almost every other episode of "The Simpsons" wrings more laughs out of the fertile material of a venal, corrupt kids'-show host who goes through money faster than a gambler on a cold streak than this new satire. There are a few laughs, but I'm not sure that a comedy is supposed to make you recoil, which is what "Smoochy" does. – Elvis Mitchell
2002-03-29 | Elvis Mitchell | Read the New York Times Review of Death to Smoochy