Patch Adams Dvd

Written by Sarah Provost
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Robin Williams is in his element as Patch Adams. Based on a true story, this film begins with Adams checking himself into a mental hospital. When he simultaneously discovers that he loves helping people and that the medical staff are distant and seemingly uncaring, he checks himself out and heads for the Virginia Medical College.

His methods are unorthodox, to say the least. Tap-dancing is one of his preferred modes of treatment, whether with bedpans on his feet or in a pool of spaghetti. He's zany, he's irrepressible, and he's very effective. But when he strikes out on his own to open the Gesundheit Clinic, he's practicing without a license.

In a movie such as this, we're supposed to ignore such technicalities, lest we be grouped with those stick-in-the-muds who make Patch's life so difficult. The screenplay (based on the book by the real Patch Adams) was written by Steve Oedekerk, who wrote Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls. The director, Tom Shadyac, also directed Ace Ventura: Pet Detective. Critics generally pounded this film for veering between Ace Ventura-type antics and shameless tearjerking.

Audiences Took the Cure

There's no denying, though, that Williams is one funny man. Though critics weren't amused, audiences generally were, and the film grossed a respectable $135 million. Extras on the DVD include director's commentary and a documentary on "The Medical Value of Laughter." It also includes outtakes, and considering that it's Robin Williams we're talking about here, they're worth the price of the whole shebang.


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