Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Patch Adams (1998): Robin Williams Prescribes Laughter to Philip Seymour Hoffman


     Despite generating a large box office profit, Patch Adams (1998) has been consistently and harshly criticized since it release. Directed by Tom Shadyac, the film and it's characters are very predictable (and annoying at times), and on occasion sentimentality is introduced purely for it's own gratuitous sake. Surprisingly, one of the film's most adamant detractors is the real Dr. Hunter "Patch" Adams, on whom the film was based, who directly focused his frustration at the greed of actor Robin Williams, saying "He made $21 million for four months of pretending to be me, in a very simplistic version, and did not give $10 to my free hospital. Patch Adams, the person, would have, if I had Robin's money, given all $21 million to a free hospital in a country where 80 million cannot get care." However, criticism aside, Patch Adams ultimately remains an enjoyable film due to Robin Williams' likable performance and the efforts of the supporting cast, including Monica Potter and Philip Seymour Hoffman.
     After committing himself to a mental hospital for suicidal inclinations, Hunter "Patch" Adams (Robin Williams) discovers that the only time he feels better is when he is helping others... 


     Inspired, and with an unabashed desire to become a doctor, Patch enters medical school, despite his being older than the average student... 


     Patch's bizarre theories, about using laughter and kindness as medicine, put him at odds with the administration... 


     but endears him to the patients... 


     Patch's love for helping others inspires him to found his own "free" hospital... 


     and gives him solace during times of tragedy... 


     but he has angered powerful people, and the Medical Board must decide if Patch can proceed with his journey...



"Patch Adams"- movie trailer