starring Robin Williams, Edward Norton, Danny DeVito, Jon Stewart
screenplay by Adam Resnick
directed by Danny DeVito
by Walter Chaw Demonstrating a wonderfully wry conversance with Hitchcock's images, Danny DeVito as director made an interesting debut with the Strangers on a Train redux Throw Momma from the Train before crafting what is possibly the definitive Eighties comedy in the Stygian The War of the Roses. After a thirteen year hiatus featuring strange detours into other genres (the uneven Hoffa and the shrill Matilda), DeVito returns to the dark comedy with Death to Smoochy, a disjointed, dull, and irritating film that provides a meagre helping of "comedy" while ladling on a heaping serving of disconnected "dark." To say the least, the picture is a resounding disappointment and what can only be seen as a betrayal of Robin Williams's newfound desire to be viewed as something other than America's favourite velvet clown with the upcoming films Insomnia and One Hour Photo.