A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum

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In this hilarious slapstick comedy, Pseudolus is a cunning Roman slave who'll do anything to win his freedom. The plot is way too complex to fully detail here, though we can note that it hinges on the fact that three suburban Roman houses are next door to one another.

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  • May 10, 2012
    Not exactly my kind of thing and neither did I find it good. Their where some funny moments but nothing laugh out loud. It's recommended for mature audiences and that's because it has hidden adult humor. To tell you the truth I'm an adult and the crude humor escaped my mind. What I didn't like about this was the plot. It seemed weak and the build up was lousy. The writing was okay. Their where some good lines. The production values are what scared me the most. The direction could have been better. I understand that this was a famous play but they toke out most of the songs. If you like musicals then by all means watch it. If you aren't so fawned by musicals then don't.
    Eduardo T Super Reviewer
  • Sep 05, 2010
    This movie is really very funny, much more so than I expected. The cast is great, but I really felt that Keaton needed a bigger role in the story. Anyway, the story is very interesting in a classical way, it's like something Shakespeare could have written. I liked this movie.
    Aj V Super Reviewer
  • May 20, 2010
    just-for-the-hell-of-it comedy with zero mostel mugging unmercilessly through the midsummer nights dream circumstances of a hapless slave seeking his freedom w/chicanery aforethought. the roman locale is only one superficiality of the story. yeah, it got laughs out of me. i didn't wanna, but they took 'em from me! it was a riot.
    Kevin M. W Super Reviewer
  • Jun 09, 2007
    A kind of american version of Up Pompeii, this roman comedy based on a musical is actually pretty funny. But with a cast including the likes of Zero Mostel and Phil Silvers, you can't really go wrong...
    xGary X Super Reviewer

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