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Patch Adams

Directed by :Tom Shadyac
Produced byMike Farrell
Barry Kemp
Marvin Minoff
Charles Newirth
Marsha Garces Williams
Screenplay bySteve Oedekerk
Based onGesundheit: Good Health Is a Laughing Matter
by Patch Adams and Maureen Mylander
StarringRobin Williams
Music byMarc Shaiman
CinematographyPhedon Papamichael Jr.
Edited byDon Zimmerman
Blue Wolf
Bungalow 78 Productions
Distributed byUniversal Pictures
Release dateDecember 25, 1998
Running time115 minutes
CountryUnited States
Budget$90 million
Box office$202.3 million

Patch Adams is a 1998 American biographicalcomedy-drama film directed by Tom Shadyac and starring Robin WilliamsMonica PotterPhilip Seymour HoffmanBob GuntonDaniel London, and Peter Coyote. Set in the late 1960s/early 1970s, it is based on the life story of Dr. Hunter “Patch” Adams and the book Gesundheit: Good Health Is a Laughing Matter by Dr. Adams and Maureen Mylander. It received generally unfavorable reviews from critics, criticizing the sentimental tone, direction and deviations from the real story, but grossed $202.3 million on a $90 million budget.

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Patch Adams (1998)

fntstcplnt 21 February 2020

Directed by Tom Shadyac. Starring Robin Williams, Monica Potter, Daniel London, Bob Gunton, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Josef Sommer, Harve Presnell, Irma P. Hall, Frances Lee McCain, Peter Coyote, Michael Jeter, Harold Gould. (PG-13)

Revoltingly wrong-headed and sanctimonious account of Hunter “Patch” Adams (Williams), a real-life medical student who decides that treating patients based on their ailments and the studied science of medicine and biology is useless; instead, go full Donald O’Connor and make ’em laugh! A manipulative tearjerker, and a wholly ineffective one at that; instead of making the heart swell in favor of the wannabe-doc’s cause, it inspires sympathy for the “villains” of the piece who accurately nay-say him at every turn. One awful screenplay decision after another (inventing Potter’s character for the sake of cheap tragedy takes the cake, but the insufferably clichéd court scene at the end comes close). It certainly doesn’t help that Williams is obnoxiously unfunny to the point of bewilderment throughout–when cancer patient Coyote angrily tells him to get out of his hospital room, the urge to stand up and cheer is difficult to resist. Preachy, patronizing, syrupy, unctuous, the list goes on; the real Adams (who understandably hated this movie) is an interesting and respectable fella; here, he’s shown stealing medical supplies and constantly acting like a clown. Does provide one good lesson: if a sick person is refusing to eat, just fill up a small swimming pool with pasta and drown them in it! (Sure beats drowning people in smarmy sap, which is precisely what the filmmakers do to the audience.)

Just…just wow

emiliogiovannipalazzo 4 June 2018

This is my first review and a short one. This movie is insulting, hurtful, idiotic and manipulative. I wish I could erase it along with Flubber from Robin’s career.

Pretentious, Hollow, Condescending and misleading ………

ashimfuture 29 July 2012

Warning: Spoilers

Patch Adams begins with the goal of telling us the story of a great man who once pioneered a very innovative way of curing and healing. This idea was to incorporate a holistic approach to treat patients through compassion , social interaction and humor.

This movie completely destroys this beautiful concept. It portrays Patch Adams as a person who helps patients but has a feeling of superiority over them as well as his peers. The rest of characters also have the sole task of telling Patch how nice and great he is and do not have any existence of their own. The female lead nicely summarizes this feeling of condescension when she says, “These people that we’re helping,they’d have nowhere to go.” Now, for the technical aspects of the film, the story runs like a headless chicken , the dialogues are very repetitive ,meaningless and clichéd, the editing is poor with one abrupt scene giving way to a completely unrelated one. The director seems to have a very flawed opinion of Patch Adam’s life by seeing him as just a funny doctor. The acting by all the actors is pathetic. Robin Williams looks confused and tired on the screen. His great screen presence and “joie de vivre ” evident in movies such as “Dead Poet’s Society” and “Good Morning, Vietnam” is completely lacking.Monica Potter as the female lead is awkward and seems to suffer from a guilty complex we are never given any clue about. The rest of the actors also fail to impress.

Overall , Patch Adams miserably fails as a biographical movie. My advice to you is to avoid it like a plague if you can….