Patch Adams Movie Review 1998

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Maverick medical student Hunter "Patch" Adams (Williams) takes the expression "laughter is the best medicine" literally and treats terminally ill patients with slapstick routines. Naturally, his stodgy old boss, not to mention the rest of the medical establishment, frown on his antics and prefer more conventional treatments (like medicine). But Patch thumbs his nose at The Man and tries to defend his unorthodox ways to fellow students, including the requisite love interest (Carter). Director Shadyac and screenwriter Oedekerk seem to let Williams unleash his rapid-fire wackiness without much direction. Ultimately, flick is brought down by sappy melodrama and emotional manipulation under the guise of sincere emotion.


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Available on VHS, DVD
Running time 115 minutes.

Cast and Crew

Comedy Drama, Doctors & Nurses, Hospitals & Medicine, Lovable Loonies, Rebel With a Cause
Steve Oedekerk
Robin Williams, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Monica Potter, Bob Gunton, Josef Sommer, Irma P. Hall, Daniel London, Frances Lee McCain, Harve Presnell, Peter Coyote, Michael Jeter, Harold Gould, Richard Kiley
Phedon Papamichael
Tom Shadyac
Marc Shaiman
Barry Kemp, Michael Farrell, Marvin Minoff, Charles Newirth, Marsha Garces Williams, Tom Shadyac, Blue Wolf Productions, Universal Pictures

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