Patch Adams

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"Laughter is contagious."
  • PG-13
  • 1998
  • 1 hr 55 min
  • 6.8  (120,353)
  • 25

Patch Adams is a heartwarming comedy-drama movie from 1998. It is based on the life story of Dr. Patch Adams (played by Robin Williams), a real-life physician, and social activist. The movie is directed by Tom Shadyac and produced by Barry Kemp, Marvin Minoff, and Charles Newirth. The plot of the movie follows Patch Adams as he attends medical school for the first time. His unorthodox methods immediately clash with the rigidly traditional methods of the school administrators and professors. Patch believes that laughter, joy, and creativity are powerful tools in healing patients, but the school teaches him that medicine is a serious business with no room for humor.

Despite the opposition, Patch continues to pursue his unconventional methods, often dressing up in costumes and using humor to cheer up his patients. He even goes as far as to create his hospital, the Gesundheit Institute, where he and his team offer medical care to people without any charge.

The primary conflict in the movie arises from the tension between Patch and his strict professor, Dr. Walcott (played by Bob Gunton). Dr. Walcott continually tries to suppress Patch's methods of treating patients, and the tension between them escalates throughout the movie.

The movie also explores other themes such as love, loss, and mental illness. Patch befriends another medical student, Carin (played by Monica Potter), who shares his vision of a more humane approach to patient care. Their budding romance becomes an important part of the story.

As much as Patch's approach to healing patients is unorthodox, the movie stays grounded in reality. It doesn't shy away from the harsh realities of illness, death, and human suffering. Patch himself experiences personal tragedy and struggles with his mental health throughout the movie.

The performances in the film are all impressive. Robin Williams gives a compelling performance as Patch, seamlessly switching from comedy to drama in his scenes. Monica Potter and Daniel London (who plays Patch's best friend, Truman) also deliver nuanced performances.

The cinematography and production design are excellent, as well. The movie captures the beauty of rural West Virginia, where much of the film takes place. The scenes set in the psychiatric ward are also well-executed, creating an appropriately eerie and oppressive atmosphere.

In conclusion, Patch Adams is a feel-good movie about a man who dares to think outside the box when it comes to medicine. It's a film that will make you laugh, cry, and leave you feeling inspired. It's definitely worth watching, especially if you're a Robin Williams fan or if you enjoy heartwarming stories about overcoming obstacles to make a positive impact on the world.

Overall, Patch Adams is an uplifting and touching movie that will stay with you long after the credits roll.

Patch Adams is a 1998 comedy with a runtime of 1 hour and 55 minutes. It has received poor reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 6.8 and a MetaScore of 25.

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  • Release Date
    1998
  • MPAA Rating
    PG-13
  • Runtime
    1 hr 55 min
  • Language
    English
  • IMDB Rating
    6.8  (120,353)
  • Metascore
    25