YMMV / Death to Smoochy


  • Broken Base: Many people were disappointed that the movie wasn't much darker, and more in the vein of De Vito's earlier The War of the Roses with two equally unlikable characters going after each other. Others however found it refreshing that one of the main characters was actually really nice and rarely if at all mean.
  • Freudian Excuse: The stepdad song lends itself to the belief that Sheldon may have had a difficult time with one as a child.
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment / Harsher in Hindsight: Randolph's breakdowns and attempted suicide have lost their humor in light of Robin Williams' 2014 suicide.
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: Richard Roeper, one of many American critics who regarded this movie with utter distaste, suggested this possibility: "I'm sure that some country, maybe France or something, will hail this as a work of genius, because it is so incredibly awful." Reality proved to be an Inverted Trope of this, as while it was not well-liked in the U.S., it still got nearly all its box-office returns from the American market.
  • Jerkass Woobie: Randolph. He's vulgar, psychopathic and, in his own words, "fucked up", but all he needs is a hug and some love. Especially at the end when he is talking to Sheldon and Nora, trying to sing something to the tune of "Old Macdonald" only to break down sobbing at the end.
  • Love It or Hate It: In spite of this movie's reputation, it has its fans.
  • The Woobie: Spinner. You just want to give him a big hug when Smoochy was accused of being a Nazi.
  • Tearjerker: Spinner's death
    • The ice show where Smoochy shows all the bad things that has happened to him from Executive Meddling, Neo-Nazis, etc.
  • WTH, Casting Agency?: It takes a weird sensibility to cast Harvey Fierstein as a gangster.

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