Many of the comedies that I loved when I was young have not aged particularly well. The late 1990s and early 2000s used a lot of shocking comedies, and many profanities that we would never use rampantly today. Even PG-13 movies like “Can’t Hardly Wait” and “Never Been Kissed” have their homophobic moments, use of profanity, and more that make them uncomfortable. in these days.
In “Death to Smoochy”, there is no slur and characters who exhibit discriminatory behavior are considered villains because of it. Randolph makes a few homophobic comments about Smoochy, but it’s clear that he’s embracing the relationship and not a good man (and it’s likely he’s showing some self-loathing. about one’s own sexuality). There’s only one thing that can feel uncomfortable – a character is a former boxer and receives too many blows to the head. He’s clearly suffering from some brain damage and is behaving very oddly, but he’s very rarely a joker. Instead, he is a sweet man who deserves kindness, and jokes are those who consider him inferior. The only exception is when he tells a restaurant full of people that he needs to poop, but hey, poop is funny.
At its core, “Death to Smoochy” is about how the world is cruel and cold, and sometimes all we have is each other. Fame and fortune can be great things, but they’re certainly not enough to get someone accomplished. Whether you’re sweet Sheldon or tough Randolph, just one moment of understanding and love can mean the world. The world needs more people like Sheldon Mopes who see what really matters and offer empathy even to enemies. Love can make a dent.
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