History Film / PatchAdams

2nd Jul '16 11:00:06 AM Morgenthaler
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'''''Patch Adams''''' (1998) is a VeryLooselyBasedOnATrueStory movie starring Creator/RobinWilliams as Hunter "Patch" Adams, a medical student who wants to treat people, not just diseases. To do this, he bucks authority, dresses up as a clown, and acts silly and (on occasion) unprofessionally. Also features Creator/PhilipSeymourHoffman in a smaller role as Patch's roommate.

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'''''Patch Adams''''' ''Patch Adams'' (1998) is a VeryLooselyBasedOnATrueStory movie starring Creator/RobinWilliams as Hunter "Patch" Adams, a medical student who wants to treat people, not just diseases. To do this, he bucks authority, dresses up as a clown, and acts silly and (on occasion) unprofessionally. Also features Creator/PhilipSeymourHoffman in a smaller role as Patch's roommate.
2nd Jul '16 10:59:53 AM Morgenthaler
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18th Feb '16 8:45:57 AM rjd1922
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* AgeLift: While the real Hunter Adams went to medical school at the usual age, in the film he doesn't start until much later in his life.
6th Feb '16 10:34:44 AM rjd1922
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* VeryLooselyBasedOnATrueStory: Lots of changes were made. Most notably, the romantic love interest Carin was really a male best friend of Patch Adams [[spoiler:who died in an automobile accident, not by being murdered by a mentally ill patient as Carin was]].

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* VeryLooselyBasedOnATrueStory: Lots of changes were made. Most notably, the romantic love interest Carin was really a male best friend of Patch Adams [[spoiler:who died in an automobile accident, not by being murdered by a mentally ill patient as Carin was]].was killed under similar circumstances]].
17th Sep '15 2:06:30 PM MagBas
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* StuffedIntoTheFridge: A particularly insulting example. [[spoiler: Carin's character is based off Patch's ''male'' best friend, but the film changed his gender so they could give Patch a love interest, and then had her killed (the man she was based on was ''not'' murdered by a patient) in a way that serves to pile angst onto Patch and make him question his decisions.]]

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* StuffedIntoTheFridge: A particularly insulting example. [[spoiler: Carin's character is based off Carin was Patch's ''male'' best friend, but the film changed his gender so they could give Patch a love interest, and then had her is killed (the man she was based on was ''not'' murdered by a patient) in a way that serves to pile angst onto Patch and make him question his decisions.]]
17th Sep '15 1:23:28 PM Clanger00
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* StuffedIntoTheFridge: [[spoiler: Carin's death serves to pile angst onto Patch.]]

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* StuffedIntoTheFridge: A particularly insulting example. [[spoiler: Carin's death character is based off Patch's ''male'' best friend, but the film changed his gender so they could give Patch a love interest, and then had her killed (the man she was based on was ''not'' murdered by a patient) in a way that serves to pile angst onto Patch.Patch and make him question his decisions.]]
8th Sep '15 9:59:01 PM HeraldAlberich
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The movie centres largely around Adam's clashing with the old guard of medicine over how to treat patients. Specifically their cold and detached bedside manner. Patch argues they need to be more involved with the person and not treat them as another statistic, whilst his superiors point out that getting emotionally involved helps neither doctor nor patient.

Notably the film received a fair bit of criticism from the ''real'' Dr. Adams, one of many critics, over the film's representation of his views and philosophies. He believed it simplified all his work into "laughter is the best medicine". Furthermore it fabricates entire events such as making his best friend into a woman, to create a love interest, and having Patch commit several felonies which naturally his real life counterpart never did. To make matters worse, the money promised to Adams out of the film's profits by the studio were never paid to him- this massively delayed construction of the hospital he wished to build.

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The movie centres largely around Adam's clashing with the old guard of medicine over how to treat patients. Specifically patients, specifically their cold and detached bedside manner. Patch argues they need to be more involved with the person and not treat them as another statistic, whilst his superiors point out that getting emotionally involved helps neither doctor nor patient.

Notably the film received a fair bit of criticism from the ''real'' Dr. Adams, one of many critics, among many, over the film's representation of his views and philosophies. He believed it simplified all his work into "laughter is the best medicine". medicine." Furthermore it fabricates entire events events, such as making his best friend into a woman, woman to create a love interest, and having Patch commit several felonies which naturally his real life counterpart never did. To make matters worse, the money promised to Adams out of the film's profits by the studio were never paid to him- this him--this massively delayed construction of the hospital he wished to build.



** In the beginning of the film, Patch is forced to room with a man who goes apeshit on a regular basis in reaction to imaginary squirrels on the ground. Patch is, to say the least, uncomfortable with the arrangement.

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** In the beginning of the film, Patch is forced to room with a man who goes apeshit on a regular basis in reaction to imaginary squirrels on the ground. Patch is, to say the least, uncomfortable with the arrangement.arrangement, but helping his roommate "fight off" the squirrels long enough to reach the restroom inspires him to devote his life to helping people.



* CharacterTitle: Dr. Hunter ''Patch Adams''
* CloudCuckoolander: Patch because certainly a doctor that dresses like a clown is a weirdo.

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* CharacterTitle: Dr. Hunter ''Patch ''"Patch" Adams''
* CloudCuckoolander: Patch Patch, because certainly a doctor that dresses like a clown is a weirdo.



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* DrivenToSuicide: Patch's attempted suicide is what kickstarts the story. [[spoiler: He attempts it again later on]].
* DrJerk: Every single one of the doctors.. except Patch Adams is cold and refers to patients by their room number.

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* DeanBitterman: Dean Walcott twice attempts to have Patch dismissed from the school despite his high grades, believing his methods demean the doctor-patient relationship and undermine the dignity of the medical profession.
* DrivenToSuicide: Patch's attempted suicide is what kickstarts the story. [[spoiler: He nearly attempts it again later on]].
* DrJerk: Every single one of the doctors.. doctors, except Patch Adams Adams, is cold and refers to patients by their room number.number or disease.



* InformedAttribute: Patch's medical knowledge. The audience never sees him study or actually tend to patients, but is just told his grades are among the highest in his class and when challenged by a character how that is when he doesn't study as much as everyone, Patch just gives him a TheReasonYouSuck speech instead. This was one of the criticisms levied by the real Adams.

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* InformedAttribute: Patch's medical knowledge. The audience never sees him study or actually tend to patients, but is just told his grades are among the highest in his class class, and when challenged by a character his roommate to explain how that is when he doesn't study as much as everyone, everyone else, Patch just gives him a TheReasonYouSuck speech TheReasonYouSuckSpeech instead. This was one of the criticisms levied by the real Adams.



* LampshadeHanging: Patch's InformedAttribute about his medical knowledge is pointed out by his roommate who says "I know what you study, or should I say ''don't'' study."
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* LampshadeHanging: Patch's InformedAttribute about his medical knowledge is pointed out by his roommate roommate, who says "I know what you study, or should I say ''don't'' study."
%%* * TheLancer: TrumanPatch's friend and fellow student Truman buys in to his ideas and becomes his sidekick at his psuedo-clinic ranch.



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* StuffedIntoTheFridge: [[spoiler: Carin's death serves to pile angst onto Patch. ]]
* StrawFeminist: Carin is obviously insecure about being a woman in a male-dominated profession, and refuses Patch's (platonic!) advances for fear of showing weakness and contempt for his carefree attitude.
* StrawmanPolitical: The social issue Patch is facing was not a revolutionary idea (the term "bedside manner" long predates him entering Med School), but almost all of the people opposing him act as though being apathetic {{Dr Jerk}}s is the supreme goal of medicine.
* VeryLooselyBasedOnATrueStory: Lots of changes were made. Most notably, the romantic love interest Carin was really a male best friend of Patch Adams [[spoiler:who died in an automobile accident, not by being murdered by a mentally ill patient as Carin was.]]

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%%* SmiteMeOMightySmiter
* SmiteMeOMightySmiter: After [[spoiler:Carin's death]], Patch returns to the cliff overlooking his land, rails at God's apparent apathy towards human suffering and lack of compassion for each other, and [[spoiler:considers jumping off the edge before spotting a butterfly, recalling Carin's story about how caterpillars get a second chance]].
* StuffedIntoTheFridge: [[spoiler: Carin's death serves to pile angst onto Patch. ]]
* StrawFeminist: Carin is obviously insecure about being a woman in a male-dominated profession, and refuses Patch's (platonic!) advances for out of fear of showing weakness weakness, and contempt for his carefree attitude.
* StrawmanPolitical: The social issue Patch is facing was not a revolutionary idea (the term "bedside manner" long predates him entering Med School), medical school), but almost all of the people opposing him act as though being apathetic {{Dr Jerk}}s [[DrJerk Dr. Jerks]] is the supreme goal of medicine.
* VeryLooselyBasedOnATrueStory: Lots of changes were made. Most notably, the romantic love interest Carin was really a male best friend of Patch Adams [[spoiler:who died in an automobile accident, not by being murdered by a mentally ill patient as Carin was.]]
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1st Sep '15 8:18:53 PM McJeff
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Notably the film received a fair bit of criticism from the ''real'' Dr. Adams, one of many critics, over the film's representation of his views and philosophies. He believed it simplified all his work into "laughter is the best medicine". Furthermore it fabricates entire events such as making his best friend into a woman, to create a love interest, and having Patch commit several felonies which naturally his real life counterpart never did. [[spoiler:To make matters worse, the money promised to Adams out of the film's profits by the studio were never paid to him- this massively delayed construction of the hospital he wished to build.]]

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Notably the film received a fair bit of criticism from the ''real'' Dr. Adams, one of many critics, over the film's representation of his views and philosophies. He believed it simplified all his work into "laughter is the best medicine". Furthermore it fabricates entire events such as making his best friend into a woman, to create a love interest, and having Patch commit several felonies which naturally his real life counterpart never did. [[spoiler:To To make matters worse, the money promised to Adams out of the film's profits by the studio were never paid to him- this massively delayed construction of the hospital he wished to build.]]
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29th Jul '15 10:39:56 PM stuffedninja
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'''''Patch Adams''''' is a VeryLooselyBasedOnATrueStory movie starring Creator/RobinWilliams as Hunter "Patch" Adams, a medical student who wants to treat people, not just diseases. To do this, he bucks authority, dresses up as a clown, and acts silly and (on occasion) unprofessionally. Also features Creator/PhilipSeymourHoffman in a smaller role as Patch's roommate.

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'''''Patch Adams''''' (1998) is a VeryLooselyBasedOnATrueStory movie starring Creator/RobinWilliams as Hunter "Patch" Adams, a medical student who wants to treat people, not just diseases. To do this, he bucks authority, dresses up as a clown, and acts silly and (on occasion) unprofessionally. Also features Creator/PhilipSeymourHoffman in a smaller role as Patch's roommate.
3rd Jul '15 7:41:18 AM ChaoticNovelist
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*LampshadeHanging: Patch's InformedAttribute about his medical knowledge is pointed out by his roommate who says "I know what you study, or should I say ''don't'' study."
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