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YMMV: Patch Adams
Critical Dissonance: There appears to be an incredible amount of hate directed towards this movie (featuring only a 23% on Rotten Tomatoes), but it was a financial success.
Designated Hero: Besides acting like a general Jerkass to his schoolmates in an attempt to make them laugh, Patch also does several extremely ethically questionable actions, like stealing drugs from a hospital and practicing without a license. He still gets treated as in the right, even when it ends up killing two people, and the only people who call him out for his actions are treated as humorless villains. Needless to say, the real-life Hunter Adams did no such thing.
Don't Shoot the Message: Many of the film's fiercest critics are those who believe in new forms of medical treatment and agree with Patch that patients should be treated as more than sicknesses to be cured and there should be services for those without insurance but detest the immature way these messages are conveyed.
That stunt Patch pulls to the visiting gynecologists where he places a pair of giant inflatable legs by the college's door so the entrance resembles a giant vagina can come off as not funny, just Sick and Wrong.
And of course there's the whole "replace a real person who died with an obvious love interest for no other discernible reason other than shoving in a cheap Hollywood cliche" thing.
"Funny Aneurysm" Moment: Remember when Patch asks what happens when a doctor becomes emotionally involved with a patient and sarcastically thinks they might explode? He finds out when his girlfriend is shot by a psychotic patient.
What makes this worse is that the killer's mental instability could have been detected had Adams run a background check.Like a doctor is supposed to do.
Strawman Has a Point: The villains argue that doctors should act professionally. Not exactly a bad thing.
Patch's point is that professionalism should not supersede humanity. He's criticizing the medical profession's tendency to distance themselves from their patients, to the disservice of the patient's mental well-being. He's not necessarily wrong, it's just that he tends to go too far in the other direction.
And, of course, the film goes to the lengths of making the more professional doctors into strawmen by making them so emotionally distant that they've apparently never heard of bedside manner, such as casually talking about amputating a patient's leg in front of her as if she wasn't even there.
It's important to consider the doctor's mental well-being. Getting too attached to patients and then watching helplessly as they die can really put a person out of sorts. It's why they try to be more distant in the first place.
It doesn't help when Patch does things like mock the concept of women's health, then decides that those who aren't laughing just lack a sense of humor. (Or maybe they just, you know, don't like obnoxious guys?)
Another thing is a scene where Patch wonders why a doctor shouldn't get emotionally involved with their patients, when later in the film a doctor is killed by a psychotic patient that she had gotten too emotionally involved with!
At one point, Patch's roommate accuses him of cheating. Considering Patch has spent the entire movie goofing off and not studying at any point, yet also getting the highest scores of his class, that really could've used an actual counterargument, instead of just treating him as wrong.
A psychiatrist reprimands him for the bit mentioned above in Dude, Not Funny!. Again, he's treated like a strawman.
They Just Didn't Care: The real Patch Adams criticized the film for simplifying him and his ideas while prioritizing commercial viability over accuracy.