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Patch Adams
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Starring: Robin Williams, Monica Potter
MPAA Rated: PG-13
Released By: Universal Pictures
Web Site: www.patchadams.com
Kiddie Movie: A couple of adult topics, but alright nonetheless.
Date Movie: Sure.
Gratuitous Sex: Nope.
Gratuitous Violence: Implied but not gratuitous.
Action: Nope.
Laughs: Lots.
Memorable Scene: The gynecologists showing up to their conference.
Memorable Quote: Lots of one-liners.
Directed By: Tom Shadyac
Produced By: Barry Kemp, Mike Farrell, Marvin Minoff, Charles Newirth

Patch Adams
A Movie Review

MPAA Rated - PG-13

It's 1:50 Long

A Review by
The Dude on the Right
I read every review blasting "Patch Adams." They ranged from saying it's the same old Robin Williams to complaining or questioning who would want a doctor such as Patch to treat them. I don't know, but the movie made me laugh, and that was good enough for me.

Robin Williams plays Patch, a man distraught over losing his wife, who checks himself into the mental ward. It is there he discovers that doctors may be book smart, but they have no patient's smarts. He decides he wants to be a doctor and heads to medical school.

It is in medical school that Patch truly realizes something is wrong with the healing institution, and sets out to show that a doctor can help patients while still working to keep a smile on their faces.

Sure, there's a love interest in the movie, a quirky little way Patch overcomes his being distraught a second time, and Robin Williams is a little over the top, but the movie is a comedy, with a message that doctors could be people too if they only try a little.

I suppose there might be more to this movie than my brief little review up there, but I don't think I've laughed as hard in a long time as when the gynecologists show up for their conference at the university. I laughed, I almost cried, and I laughed again. I was taken through the emotional gamut for "Patch Adams," and screw the other critics, I enjoyed the movie.

And as far as the complaints of not wanting a doctor like Patch, I am just the opposite, although maybe not on such an over the top scale. My case in point - a little over a year ago I was in the emergency room for my gall bladder - it wanted out. I was nervous, I was scared, but I tried to keep my spirits up with some bad jokes. The lady who did my ultrasound laughed, the nurse chuckled, but the doctor, a nice guy, didn't seem to find it amusing. Maybe it's the litigious society we are living in keeping the doctors from smiling, maybe it is the old institution of medicine, but in any case a smile or chuckle can help relieve a thousand nerves.

Oh well, I give "Patch Adams" 4 stars out of 5. I liked it.

That's it for this one, I'm The Dude on the Right!! L8R!!

 

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