Patch Adams

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Patch Adams Review


Ironically, what I was most excited about seeing in Patch Adams is what eventually left me feeling cheated by it in the end. After seeing the trailers, I knew I was going to get Robin Williams playing that lovably sensitive, extremely funny man, that shows people there's more to life. You know, the guy from Dead Poets Soceity and Good Will Hunting. I love that guy; probably because he had truly inspired me before. And things were going so well for the first two-thirds of this movie too. Until it was over and I thought to myself, "Wait, I think I've seen this movie before."

In the end, my impression of Patch Adamsis that is has some really funny scenes, and you can't help but fall in love with the guy when he's doing all of these great things, a lot of which you have probbly seen in the trailers. And he has a lot to teach everyone he comes into contact with in the film. So throughout I'm thinking, "What a great guy; I wish I was more like him." Which is always a good set-up. But it never follows through. The dramatic conclusion falls flat, and based on a true story or not, the plot points are a bit cliched. Patch Adamsis a comedy, but more appropriately it would be classified as an inspirational film. And the hallmark of the inspirational film is that climactic scene at the end where the inspirational character takes a stand and is met by stiff consequences, but ultimately we realize that he made a difference. You see it in Dead Poets Soceity in the "Oh Captain, my captain" scene. In Patch Adamsthough, it never comes. Though Patch does take an emotional stand at the end in a scene that tries to steal the emotion of a film like Dead Poets Soceity, I don't know that we're convinced that he truly made a difference. He is a great guy, yes, but maybe not great enough.

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Patch Adams

Facts and Figures

Run time: 115 mins

In Theaters: Friday 25th December 1998

Budget: $50M

Distributed by: Universal Studios

Production compaines: Universal Pictures, Bungalow 78 Productions, Blue Wolf, Farrell/Minoff

Reviews

Contactmusic.com: 3 / 5

Rotten Tomatoes: 23%
Fresh: 13 Rotten: 43

IMDB: 6.6 / 10

Cast & Crew

Director:

Starring: as Hunter 'Patch' Adams, as Mitch Roman, as Dean Walcott, as Bill Davis, as Rudy, as Carin, as Dean Anderson, as Truman, as Dr. Eaton, Irma P. Hall as Joletta, as Judy, Daniella Kuhn as Adelane, James Greene as Bile, as Arthur Mendelson, Bruce Bohne as Trevor Beene, as Dr. Prack, as Emmet, Steven Anthony Jones as Charlie, as Dr. Titan, Douglas Roberts as Larry, Ellen Dow as Aggie, as Everton, as Neil, Peter Siteri as Chess Man, Don West as Instructor, Greg Sestero as Jaime (Monica Potter's brother), Jason Aaron Baca as Patch Pirate

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