The Producers (2005)

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Critic Consensus: Despite the rich source material, The Producers has a stale, stagy feel more suited to the theater than the big screen.


Movie Info

After transforming his first motion picture into a smash Broadway musical, Mel Brooks brings the story of two would-be theatrical moguls turned con men back to the screen in this musical comedy. Max Bialystock (Nathan Lane) was once one of Broadway's most successful producers, but a string of flops has thrown his career into a tailspin, and now he struggles to raise the cash to stage new shows by playing gigolo to lonely old ladies. While going over his books, accountant Leo Bloom (Matthew … More

Rating: PG-13 (for sexual humor and references)
Genre: Musical & Performing Arts, Comedy
Directed By: ,
Written By: Mel Brooks, Thomas Meehan
In Theaters:
On DVD: May 16, 2006
Box Office: $19.2M
Runtime:
Universal Pictures - Official Site

Cast


as Max Bialystock

as Franz Liebkind

as Roger De Bris

as Carmen Ghia

as Sabu the Houseboy

as Prison Trustee

as Mr. Marks

as Shirley Markowitz

as Injun Jack

as Jury Foreman

as Defense Attorney

as Lick Me-Bite Me

as Hold Me-Touch Me

as Kiss Me-Feel Me

as Bag Lady

as Cab Driver
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Critic Reviews for The Producers

All Critics (156) | Top Critics (42)

This is extraneous for anyone who's seen the original film or show, presumably leaving everyone else to wonder what all the fuss has been about.

Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

The original was far funnier and somehow managed to cut to the chase with less of a song and dance.

Full Review… | August 2, 2007
Eye for Film

Be prepared to laugh from the opening credits through the closing credits.

Full Review… | May 25, 2007
Upstage Magazine

The play is everything in this uneven movie, which is alternately groan-inducing and side-splitting.

Full Review… | February 22, 2007
Film Journal International

Confirmed my original opinion that the musical version of The Producers was a flash-in-the-pan success that won't be remembered ten years from now.

Full Review… | December 30, 2006
NYC Film Critic

Director Stroman (who also choreographed the film) has also paid tribute to the theatre by casting such stage stars as Brent Barrett, Debra Monk, Karen Ziemba and Andrea Martin.

Full Review… | December 13, 2006
Nolan's Pop Culture Review

Audience Reviews for The Producers

Hmmmmmm so very very tricky to decide here, what can I say...I enjoyed this as a stand alone film on its own, and when not compared to the original. As a stand alone farce its a great piece of comedy but of course it so difficult not to think and look back to the original material.

To be honest this is a classic example of a remake that, in terms of the movie, didn't succeed in doing anything other than show you should never try to remake a classic. Of course because of the flick there was a big renewed interest in the forgotten classic and a very popular theatre show, which is all good as its perfect for the theatre in every sense but the actual film is a poor imitation.

There are certain parts in this film I loved, mainly anything to do with Nathan Lane who is a superb comedic actor with fantastic skills in facial and physical comedy. Some of his leers and chubby prat falls are brilliant and really compete with Mostel's first performance. On the other hand there are some truly awful moments of...plagiarism basically where the same funny line or sequence has been attempted from the original and it just bombs hard. Some scenes simply cannot be replicated from the genius of Wilder and Mostel.

A huge issue with me was the casting of Broderick who is so so so so weak an actor I just don't understand how he gets work. Is it all simply down to 'Ferris Bueller'!!?. Terrible actor and he really shows it here with a dreadful performance that lets the whole film down badly. Sure he can sing a little, move well and he does look the part but he just isn't a strong enough character for comedy, he's too shy and reserved and a bad partner to Lanes terrific greasy comb over sleaze.

To be honest some of the casting is poor in this film accept for Lane, Beach and Bart all of which were inspired choices. Thurman and Ferrell were totally out of place and show why it can be a bad decision to cast big names when lesser known folk would work so much better. Also Lovitz could of been used in a better role instead of the extra unnecessary sequence he was in. Where was Dom Deluise that's what I wanna know, the perfect film for him.

The film looks fantastic I gotta say, well it basically looks like a stage performance that's just been filmed really. Not a bad thing as the colour and razzle dazzle is all very well directed and comes up peachy on your screen. Lots of musical numbers and extra padding to fill out the length which is again nice but also loses some of the originals charm. The old adage of less is more and this new film really does go overboard when it didn't have to. Obviously the film was meant to be a precursor to the real theatre production (a prequel of sorts to see how it would fare) which is fine but I don't know why they went down the musical route with the film instead of sticking to the better farcical comedic angle. I just felt a lot of the source materials essence was lost trying to craft the film into something else when they still could of done the theatre show and kept this film like the original.

Last thoughts are positive for the film as its nice to see musicals back on the big screen looking as lush as this but as a remake its nowhere near as good as its forebearer. Quite a poor copy in places but it does have its highlights which can make you forgive. If your seeing this for the first time then I strongly recommend the original first of course.

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Phil Hubbs

Super Reviewer

I knew going in I probably wasn't going to love this. After all, I find Mel Brooks "comedies" to be the lamest, lowest-common-denominator style of comedy, full of unfunny puns and slapstick overacting. But I like musicals, so I thought I might at least get some enjoyment out of it. I should give it a shot.

It's even worse than I thought.

The first scene with Lane and Broderick, which seems to go on for about half an hour, is agonizing and interminable, I almost turned it off (again - I started watching it once LONG ago and never made it through that scene), but I powered through and kept watching. The movie never got much better. The songs themselves are slightly less awful, but the rest of the film is just too rooted in bad Mel Brooks style. The performances are equally painful, even from some of the otherwise-decent actors. (What the hell happened to you, Matthew Broderick?!?) It's so overdone and exaggerated - fine if you're playing to a large live theater, but in a movie that kind of exaggeration is not needed and just comes across as dumb.

One of the worst movies I have ever seen.

shiftyeyeddog
Martin Bishop

Super Reviewer

Excellent adaptation of the Broadway show. All the characters are very funny. Shouldn't laugh at the play but just can't help it!

thmtsang
Candy Rose

Super Reviewer

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