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It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World Reviews

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½ August 9, 2015
One word describes this super-comedy, loaded. There are so many television, movie, comedy, and various other celebrities packed into one movie, maybe even too many. The movie starts with a dying man divulging the location of his valuable treasure with an obscure reference under the big W. Soon a slew of colorful characters embark upon a chaotic mad dash to find it first. It is a brilliant concept that works very well to incorporate numerous stars in one storyline and still make sense. It moves fast and is always changing, which is important for a long movie like this. At three hours and twelve minutes, it is an atypical epic comedy movie. That lengthy run time works against it though. Too much of a good thing is always a bad thing. It does go on a too long and there are too many cameos. None of these comedy masters has the time or space to rev into high gear. For those alive during the 60s, the novelty of countless familiar faces makes it enjoyable on its own, but audiences today most likely will not understand who the stars are or get the pop-culture references from the time. It is funny overall but it is oversaturated.
August 9, 2015
While this movie is overly long, I enjoyed the mess out of this movie.
½ July 25, 2015
This epic comedy is mad, and silly, but there are some very funny moments along the way. Featuring an all-star cast, the performances of Silver and Merman are particularly notable. It's under the Big W!
½ July 9, 2015
Man, this was just not good. Great cast, and I loved Spencer Tracy's performance, but otherwise I don't remember laughing in 2 hours, 41 minutes. And it was a comedy. Never a good sign!
½ June 29, 2015
It's a mad, hysterical, riotous, hilarious world! Never before had a comedy packed an entire generation of actors and comedians into one movie. "It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World" is a seemingly endless thrill ride of comedic enjoyment.
½ June 14, 2015
Honest, silly fun on an epic scale.
May 13, 2015
93% on my Tomatometer.
½ April 30, 2015
A not-so-subtle swan song for an ageing generation of studio era stars. Features excessive vehicular brutality. Strangely long, but pretty fun.
April 15, 2015
One of the great comedies of all time !
April 2, 2015
Quiero conocer el parque de Santa Rosita.
January 27, 2015
Funny, even in 2015.
January 20, 2015
Alocada comedia de los 60's , increibles efectos especiales para esos tiempos
January 19, 2015
This is a must see movie. It is part of American movie cinema history. There is more comedic talent in this classic film than in any other single film ever made. It is like a Dean Martin roast but with a great script that is infused with testosterone, estrogen, and a million laughs.But what makes this movie so, so, so, so special is that the sub plots are the movie and the main plot is just an incidental necessity.
½ January 14, 2015
plenty of over the top characters
½ January 11, 2015
madness, madness! longest, silliest, eternal madness!
½ December 19, 2014
Greed is a trope used in the realm of fiction to be associated with drama, and usually involves some very thematic elements to it. Yet the theme really has not been associated with the genre of comedy. Enter the 1963 film "It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World", a comedy that showcases a lot of funny talent, and that the idea of greed can be taken for a laugh. And of course, this is all done in a lighthearted manner. However, there are some major problems concerning the film, in general that go along with this movie. "It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World" is a comedy about greed, that you might want to use your time wisely while watching it.

The story involves a crook (Jimmy Durante) who dies off a Californian highway, but a couple of travelers come and hear his last words. Those being that he has hidden a large sum of money ($350,000 to be more precise) and it's theirs. The group argues as to how the money should be split amongst everybody, so they come to the only logical conclusion that it's every man for himself. Herein lies a catch to the whole situation: the money is buried in a park under a big W. Eventually, the police get involved, including the captain (Spencer Tracy), and from here, things get really chaotic. Now, it's a race to see who can get to the big W first.

"It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World" is a nice unique comedy that uses its subject matter of greed to its fullest. The plot is simple and easy to understand, so much so that a remake of this movie, "Rat Race", pretty much did the same thing. Now, since this is a comedy, a lot, and I do emphasize on this, a lot of comedians are in this film; there's even some surprise cameos thrown for good fun. And because of this, the comedy works very well within the boundaries of this movie. From slapstick, to jokes, the viewer can be ensured laughter will be had while watching this film. Even Spencer Tracy does a good performance in this movie. The direction is equally good, the stunts - both in the air and on the ground - are amazing, and the location of Southern California makes the cinematography worth it, albeit a lot of things have been changed, quite a bit. But what you're in for is the comedy, and you'll definitely get it here.

But that's not saying that the movie has problems. For one thing, the main musical theme does replay itself quite a number of times, which can be a bit irritating on the ears. As stated before, there are several cameos from various famous comedians, but they are only on screen for short amount of time, which is fine, but the cameos could have been a bit longer. Speaking of time, the run time for this movie is nearly three hours long; it is really worth watching if one has some spare time on their hands. However, the payoff is definitely worth every minute of it.

In conclusion, "It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World" showcases some really funny talent, albeit at a long length, by detailing what could happen if greed was taken in a much lighter and more comical tone.
December 6, 2014
Though flawed, it's still very funny and entertaining.
½ November 25, 2014
***Due to the recent RT changes that have basically ruined my past reviews, I am mostly only giving a rating rather than a full review.***
½ November 22, 2014
This is a grotesque, ugly mess of a film that involves a LOT OF SHRIEKING (isn't that annoying?), a lot of the basest and ugliest misogyny, and a lot of forced cameos. How Stanley Kramer and Spencer Tracy, two of the best and most ethical entertainers of their generation, could create such a monstrosity is beyond me. Both ought to have known better. Both ought to have seen how irredeemable, how mean- spirited this movie is. Audiences often love mean-spirited comedies, and in this case many critics have also been enamored of it, but Kramer and Tracy should not have-need not have-stooped to this lowest of common denominators. One of the film's most minor but still egregiously awful mistakes is its misuse of the Three Stooges (well, two Stooges plus Curly Joe.) The quintessential masters of slapstick are cast in a madcap physical comedy but are made to stand perfectly still and silent for all of five seconds. It is difficult to conceive of a greater waste of talent than this, but it is somehow appropriate in a movie that is one giant waste of talent and one giant black mark on a lot of people's otherwise solid careers.
November 22, 2014
The source of the madness that'd started the original "The Fast and the Furious" in the 60s of different groups of people racing for the spoken treasure from a dying man's breath without a logical fate. This first comedy to be epically-scaled is an entertaining comedic extravaganza filled with clever and fun humor - some are slapstick through weak constructions during accidental destruction - starring well-known actors and actresses that'd met the criteria of being known to make people laugh in that era. But watching them now may be unfamiliar to those who didn't grew up with them, although they'd made funny impressions that were mini treats when watching the feast of a big comedy. (A-)

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