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Patch Adams - Movie Synopsis & Plot

Hunter "Patch" Adams wanted to be a doctor; he wanted to help people. He learned of his gift in a mental hospital, where he had admitted himself. He realized that the conventional way of treating those injured, both physically and mentally, was not always the best approach; humor was. Just to laugh, to relieve and forget about the pain for just a few minutes, strengthened the patients.

And so he became a student and the Medical College of Virginia, awaiting the day when he would be able to treat people on his own. To his dismay, he found out that students were not to interact with patients until the third year. Nevertheless, he began visiting the hospital frequently, doing goofy things to please the patients, both young and old. His ways did begin to create a new life within the patients, but that didn't matter; he was not supposed to be there.

The Dean of the college, unpleased with Patch's behavior, tried multiple times to have him expelled. He saw Patch's ways as unorthodox and unproductive, even if they did no harm. Still, Patch's highly above average grades kept him in school.

Even while in school, Patch was looking beyond becoming just a doctor. He wanted to start his own hospital, the Gesundheit Institute, a place that was free and used less medicine, more humor. Most thought his dream was impossible, but some believed. However, his dream wouldn't come true unless he graduated, and when the College finds out he was treating patients without a license, his entire career is placed in jeopardy. Based on a true story.

MOVIE REVIEW

Going into Patch Adams, I didn't know what to think. I had heard it was extremely funny, but it was supposed to be a drama based on true story. A true, dramatic story that's hilarious? Earlier this year, we got the comical drama The Truman Show, but it definitely wasn't based on real life events... How could a drama be a comedy at the same time, while maintaining the emotional effect dramas of this nature are supposed to have?
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