"...and if we bury you face down, I'll have a place to park my bike."I believe Robin Williams has finally met his match.
No bullshit: Dr. Hunter "Patch" Adams, who is portrayed in this film by Robin, really is as manic and nonconformist as ol' Mork-boy himself.
And the film is magnificent. It's a drama based on Dr. Adams' true-life misadventures at medical school, with just the right amount of Williams' patented humor. Just enough to keep the film entertaining, but not too much to take away from the integrity of the story.
The good doctor, as the movie illustrates, started out by checking himself into the mental hospital feeling burned out and suicidal. While biding time in there, he gets a new lease on life by helping other inmates. Ultimately this propels him into medical school at the Virginia Medical University.
His antics and his penchant for clowning around for the patients rubs one of the deans the wrong way, not to mention intimidates his fellow classmates. But he does win a few fellow students over, including Corinne (Monica Potter), a young woman with a troubled past that lovestruck Patch tries to get her to rise above.
Director Tom Shadyac has put a lot of effort into giving an authentic account of Dr. Adams's school days, and it pays off. Robin, back to his wild self, turns in a wonderful performance that never goes over the top like "Good Morning Vietnam" or "Aladdin".Yes, laughter IS the best medicine. So go see Patch Adams and overdose on it.