Life Stinks


Life Stinks

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In this Mel Brooks comedy, the writer-director stars as Goddard Bolt, a land developer who accepts a bet with a rival (Jeffrey Tambor), requiring Bolt to spend a month on the streets of Los Angeles living as a penniless vagrant.

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Mel Brooks
as Goddard Bolt
Jeffrey Tambor
as Crasswell
Stuart Pankin
as Pritchard
Brian Thompson
as Mean Victor
Carmine Caridi
as Flophouse Owner
Sammy Shore
as Reverend at Wedding
Frank Roman
as Spanish Interpreter
Marvin Braverman
as Dr. Kahahn
Robert Ridgely
as Fergueson
Marvin Braveman
as Dr. Kahahn
Stanley Brock
as Store Owner
James Van Patten
as Wheelchair Attendant
Michael Pniewski
as Male Nurse
Angela Gordon
as Capacity Nurse
Mary Watson
as Newscaster
Saida Pagan
as Newscaster
Tamara Taylor
as Newscaster
Henry Kaiser
as Newscaster
Danny Wells
as Mercedes Driver
Larry Cedar
as Paramedic
Johnny Cocktails
as Burrito-Eating Bum
Clifton Wells
as Taco Stand Owner
George Berkeley
as Derelict Outside Flophouse
Anthony Messina
as Policeman
David Correia
as Policeman
Helene Winston
as Society Patron
Terrence Williams
as Boy Dancing in Doorway
Joan Crosby
as Woman at Fire
Ira Miller
as Man at Fire
Jim Mapp
as Blind Man
James Mapp
as Blind Man
Sam Menning
as Old Wino
Ralph Ahn
as Chinese Cook
Stu Gilliam
as Desmond
Darrow Igus
as Maynard
James Martinez
as Dancing Vagrant at Party
Rose DuCaine
as Dancing Dowager at Party
Ralph Mauro
as Hors d'oeuvre Vagrant at Party
Martin Charles Warner
as Dirty Faced Vagrant at Party
Patrick Valenzuela
as Street Person at Fight
Casey King
as Shopping Cart Chauffer
Jere Laird
as Stock Market Reporter
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Critic Reviews for Life Stinks

All Critics (17) | Top Critics (1)

  • Lurches from a shocking reality into sentimentality and then to a finale in which it only takes a fairy Goddard to wave his lovely dollar wand and all the derelicts and poor of Los Angeles can live happily ever after in low-cost housing.

    Jul 19, 2018 | Full Review…
  • Even comic geniuses are allowed an off-day -- or off-movie, as the case may be -- and Mel Brooks strikes out with this sizable flop.

    Aug 8, 2015 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…
  • A slapstick vaudeville about the poor and homeless? Inadvertently Mel Brooks gives the dangerous impression that homelessness is cute and that Downtown LA is filled with adorable and eccentric people who "just happen" to be roofless.

    Feb 15, 2007 | Rating: C- | Full Review…
  • Lesser Mel Brooks has some funny bits if homelessness is funny at all

    Oct 19, 2004 | Rating: 3/5
  • The slapstick here is nothing to rent the film over. Oddly, it's the serious moments that charm. I was embarrassed to myself for being choked up by Mel Brooks.

    Jul 14, 2004 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • So pretty much does this Brooks misfire.

    Aug 14, 2003 | Rating: 2/5

Audience Reviews for Life Stinks

  • Apr 07, 2018
    Brooks' heart is in the right place here and while the movie definitely has problems I think it is better than its reputation. Honestly I prefer Brooks trying something new rather than just making another spoof.
    Alec B Super Reviewer
  • Dec 22, 2017
    An underrated Mel Brooks comedy that benefits from funny situations and great performances (especially Brooks and Warren, who steals the show every time she appears), disappointing only for coming up with a silly and implausible conclusion for the character's problems.
    Carlos M Super Reviewer
  • May 23, 2013
    Heck! This MOVIE stinks! Not funny in the least.
    Christian C Super Reviewer
  • Feb 03, 2010
    If a comedy is to be made from the plight of the homeless, who have to scrape through their days returning deposit bottles and cleaning car windshields to get their daily bread as the rich get richer and more heartless, it may as well be Mel Brooks' Life Stinks. The trademark Brooks humor dominates this fable about a ruthless billionaire, Goddard Bolt (Mel Brooks), who wants to obliterate a poor section of Los Angeles and build a high-tech commercial center in its place. His only problem is that he owns only half the land needed for the construction, the other half belonging to equally ruthless billionaire Vance Craswell (Jeffrey Tambor), who has his own ideas for the land. The two try to buy each other out until, finally, a deal is struck: Craswell bets that Bolt cannot survive a month on the streets as a homeless man. If Bolt makes it, he gets the property. If he doesn't, Craswell gets it. Bolt agrees and, as a poor man, he begins to feel the pain of being uprooted and alone, even meeting a friendly homeless woman, Molly (Lesley Ann Warren) with whom he forms an attachment.
    Martin D Super Reviewer

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