Patch Adams (1998)

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In the 1970s, a medical student treats patients, illegally, using humor. (IMDb)

Williams is brilliant as the titular character: Goofy and sweet (the first red nose scene with the kids is heart-melting), gleefully subversive (“At your cervix!”; the grad mooning), and endearingly idealistic (see his late-night brainstorm with Carin). The powerful combination of humour and sentimentality throughout is enough to make the heart burst–or at least let the film’s cliched set-ups and lazily brisk pacing (the hints of dark tragedy begged for more time) slide, for the most part.

7.7/10

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