Fired in disgrace, kids show host Randolph Smiley finds himself out on the street, while his replacement Sheldon Mopes, finds himself on the fast track to success with a new hit show as the proud purple rhino Smoochy. But things take a turn for the worst when Sheldon finds out that some of the people that he works with, and some he doesn’t know he’s working for, are all in it for the money. Meanwhile, Randolph is slowly turning insane with his only thoughts focusing on killing Smoochy and getting back to his life of luxury. –IMDb
Perhaps no Hollywood actor continually stirs up more of a gleeful admixture of feelings in his viewers than Danny DeVito. Singlehandedly portraying characters with mile-long, obnoxious jerk streaks that are nonetheless somehow loveable, DeVito — with his diminutive stature, balding head, and broad Jersey accent — recalls a line that he himself used (about a character) in his big-screen directorial debut, Throw Momma From the Train: “Maybe [he] would be someone you’d like to kill.” No question about it: DeVito has made an art form out of playing endearingly loathsome little men.
Born November 17, 1944, in Neptune, NJ, Daniel Michael DeVito Jr. survived a Catholic school upbringing and started his career from the ground up, laboring as a cosmetician in his sister’s beauty parlor. Working under the name “Mr. Danny,” DeVito decided to enter New York’s American Academy of Dramatic Arts for the purpose of acquiring additional makeup expertise. However, he soon discovered his… read more
I was reminded of this while channel surfing early this morning. For those who are expecting a dark slam at costumed children's TV stars, you'll be rather underwhelmed. It's a pretty tame would-have-been-PG-13 comedy that's many years too late. Robin Williams' fowl-mouth Rainbow Randolph is easily the most entertaining part of an other wise forgettable movie.
Hands down a beautiful example of dark comedy. The humor and imagination is fascinating to watch and the characters are hilarious. A must see for fans of the genre.