It is superbly executed and, for all its pitilessness, it's an intelligent dramatization of the impact that consumerist values have had on the psyche of the North American middle class at the end of the 20th century.
It's bizarre, wild, entertaining and deliciously dark. Death to Smoochy is a splendid parody as Danny DeVito revels in the darkness of the project and Robin Williams excels at the wild swings of madness the role demands. At times melodramatic, but always
The power and tragedy of the love story, or hell, the life story of Caden Cotard will become a part of you, because it is your story, and his story is yours, and back and forth and so on and on because 'everyone's everyone'.
While this movie may be enjoyed by others, it's not what I was expecting. The book and movie are far from alike. This movie is geared towards adults. It has a dark theme throughout. The movie by itself may be worthwhile and intellectual. Just don't watch the movie expecting it to coincide with the child's fantasy the book was. If I had known that beforehand, the movie may have been more enjoyable.
I thought this movie was good. If you know a little about the books and you are not expecting any Oscar-worthy writing or performances, then you should enjoy it. I agree that it is not for the much younger crowd. The previews make this movie seem happy and fun when it is actually a little on the dark side.