Patch Adams raises two schools of thought: there are those who are inspired by the true story of a troubled man who finds happiness in helping others--a man set on changing the world and who may well accomplish the task. And then there are those who feel manipulated by this feel-good story, who want to smack the young medical student every time he begins his silly antics. Staving off suicidal thoughts, Hunter Adams commits himself into a psychiatric ward, where he not only garners the nickname "Patch" but learns the joy in helping others. To this end, he decides to... go to medical school, where he clashes with the staid conventions of the establishment as he attempts to inject humour and humanity into his treatment of the patients ("We need to start treating the patient as well as the disease", he declares throughout the film). Robin Williams, in the title role, is as charming as ever, although someone should tell him to broaden his range--the ever-cheerful, do-gooder à la Good Will Hunting and Dead Poets Society is getting a little old. His sidekick Truman (Daniel London) steals the show with his gawky allure and eyebrows that threaten to overtake his lean face--he seems more real, which is odd considering that Patch Adams does exist and this film is based on his life. Monica Potter is the coolly reluctant love interest and she makes the most of her one-dimensional part. While moments of true heartfelt emotion do come through, the major flaw of this film is that the good guys are just so gosh-darn good and the bad ones are just big meanies with no character development. Patch Adams, though, does provide the tears, the giggles and the kooky folks who will keep you smiling at the end. --Jenny Brown [show more]
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Please note this is a region 2 DVD and will require a region 2 (Europe) or region Free DVD Player in order to play. Meet Patch Adams (Robin Williams), a doctor who doesn't look, act or think like any doctor you've met before. For Patch, humour is the best medicine, and he's willing to do just about anything to make his patients laugh, even if it means risking his own career. Based on a true story Patch Adams combines side-splitting humour with an inspiring story that transcends the traditional comedy. Actors Robin Williams, Monica Potter, Daniel London, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Bob Gunton, Peter Coyote, Michael Jeter, Harve Presnell, Josef Sommer, Irma P. Hall, Frances Lee McCain, Daniella Kuhn, James Greene, Harold Gould & Bruce Bohne Director Tom Shadyac Certificate 15 years and over Year 1998 Screen Widescreen 2.35:1 Languages English - Dolby Digital (5.1) Additional Languages German Subtitles Czech ; Danish ; Dutch ; English ; Finnish ; German ; Greek ; Hebrew ; Norwegian ; Polish ; Swedish Duration 1 hour and 51 minutes (approx)
This real-life story stars Robin Williams as Patch Adams, a truly unorthodox doctor who clashes with his superiors over the best way to treat patients. For Doctor Adams, the happiness of his patients is paramount and he will go to almost any extreme to keep them laughing. However, this is not always easy as the authorities take an increasingly dim view of his actions.