The 10 Worst biopics of all-time
With 'The Butler' in theaters we look back at some of the genre's messier moments
1. 'Patch Adams' (1998)
Robin Williams can be truly funny and can also excel in dramatic roles. Playing the title character in "Patch Adams," he is neither funny nor terribly dramatic. Patch Adams, med student, wants patients to be treated like people and is so dead certain that the world is against him (it's mostly just one ridiculous caricature of an evil dean) that he can't stop for two seconds and realize that nearly everyone agrees with him, they just want him to treat them decently. One of Patch's most memorable lines is "You treat a disease, you win, you lose. You treat a person, I guarantee you, you'll win, no matter what the outcome." Physician heal thyself. If a character in the film isn't a patient, Patch bullies them. He pranks them. He repeatedly goes over the top with unfunny jokes when, if he would just sit down and shut up, not only could he treat patients as he saw fit, he could easily bring everyone around to his way of thinking. The obstacles thrown in his way are presented in ludicrous fashion and easily swatted by our "hero" over and over again. Not a drama, not a comedy, and with an unlikable lead character whom the movie desperately wants us to root for (but gives us absolutely no reason to), "Patch Adams" is a complete misfire.