Mary Poppins Returns
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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.
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.
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.
Lesser Mel Brooks has some funny bits if homelessness is funny at all
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.
So pretty much does this Brooks misfire.
This was supposed to be Brooks's comical stab at social injustice, a kind of My Man Godfrey for the nineties, but it doesn't work.
Good message, bad comedy.
About 90% of the jokes elicit blank, polite stares, not laughs. The film is as raggedy and forlorn as its hero.
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.
Heck! This MOVIE stinks! Not funny in the least.
Yeah life sucks so does this movie except for a few scenes
Mel Brooks goes homeless and hangs out with smelly bums in this dismal comedy, which is somewhat eye-opening.
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