Life Stinks (1991)




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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
Howard Morris
as Sailor
Michael Ensign
as Knowles
Matthew Faison
as Stevens
Billy Barty
as Willy
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
John Welsh
as Dodd
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
Christopher Birt
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
Jimmy 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
Anthony Thomas Mitchell
as Nibbler Driver
Patrick Valenzuela
as Street Person at Fight
Casey King
as Shopping Cart Chauffer
Jere Laird
as Stock Market Reporter
as Priest
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Critic Reviews for Life Stinks

All Critics (16) | Top Critics (1)

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.

Full Review… | August 8, 2015
Creative Loafing

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.

Full Review… | February 15, 2007

Lesser Mel Brooks has some funny bits if homelessness is funny at all

October 19, 2004
Kansas City Kansan

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.

Full Review… | July 14, 2004
Hollywood Report Card

So pretty much does this Brooks misfire.

August 14, 2003
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

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.

February 13, 2003
Movie Metropolis

Audience Reviews for Life Stinks

Heck! This MOVIE stinks! Not funny in the least.

Christian C
Christian C

Super Reviewer

Yeah life sucks so does this movie except for a few scenes

Arash Xak
Arash Xak

Super Reviewer


Weak beginning, picks up in the middle, dies at the end.

Anthony Valletta
Anthony Valletta

Super Reviewer

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