*: (Translation) This might be one of the most factually wrong, insulting, and misrepresentative movies I have ever seen in my life. It takes the work of Hunter “Patch” Addams and makes a mockery out of it, just for the sake of plucking at your heartstrings.
Seriously though, this movie is particularly infuriating.
I mean, I get it. I know what they were going for with this one. It’s supposed to be a feel good movie about a guy who challenges the established system in American Health Care, by trying a new approach to medicine. It’s kooky and rather eccentric, but it also tries to have a lot of heart and relateable characters and situations.
And what can I say about Robin Williams? He gave here one of the most memorable performances of his career. Say what you want about it, but this movie’s emotional center was in how he delivered every line and every expression.
Now, don’t get me wrong, all these elements can make for an excellent movie, but it all gets ruined because of how it misrepresents the real Patch Addams and his work. It’s so bad that even he himself felt insulted by it. When a movie misses the point and ends up insulting the person it’s supposed to be honoring, then you know you have done something wrong. This is what happens when you have an incompetent director and a crummy script filled with rancid emotional fudge, mixed messages, fabricated facts, and really questionable ethics (stealing supplies from a hospital!? Are you for real!?).
The only silver lining to come out of this movie was that thanks to it people are learning more about the real Patch Addams and how amazing his work is.
And now, if you excuse me, I need to go decipher this Medical Talk. I swear, I seriously don’t know how doctors understand even their own hoofwriting.
((If you want to help support Patch Addams, visit The Gesundheit! Institute website and learn about the work of this amazing Doctor))