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Super Reviewer
May 23, 2013
Heck! This MOVIE stinks! Not funny in the least.
Super Reviewer
December 13, 2008
Yeah life sucks so does this movie except for a few scenes
Super Reviewer
½ August 11, 2007
Mel Brooks goes homeless and hangs out with smelly bums in this dismal comedy, which is somewhat eye-opening.
Super Reviewer
½ March 4, 2008
Weak beginning, picks up in the middle, dies at the end.
Super Reviewer
½ December 25, 2007
Fantastic movie!
½ March 26, 2014
Mel Brooks strayed from the straight parody genre to make this social satire about the rich and the homeless. Brooks plays one of the richest man in the world, who cares little for the problems of the poor and disenfranchised. He owns half of the property in the slums of Los Angeles, and plans to buy the other half from the city...but a rich rival buys it up first, ruining his chances of building an extravagant dream center. The two make a bet, if Brooks character can stay on the streets with no assets for 30 days, he gets the other half of the property, if he does not, he must give his half to the rival. Along the way he learns life lessons and his eyes are opened to the world of the is good character stuff. Unfortunately for Brooks, he manages to hit a lot of the right satiric notes, but rarely manages to get out the laughs. Great message, a decent cast, weak in the funny department. I would say this film is slightly underrated critically, but it isn't as funny as Brooks commentary on the subject should be.
August 2, 2010
It was a fun entertaining motion picture, but not one of Mel Brooks best works.
Rememberable, looney characters, and great slap stick moments.
½ February 3, 2010
Funny concept for a story and a good performance from Mel Brooks help to lay the groundwork for what is a long storied string of films for Mel. Classic slapstick comedy and likable characters make this a great kick back and relax movie.
July 13, 2008
The plot took it self surprisingly seriously for a Mel Brooks film, and had very little humor. There were some funny bits sprinkled throughout, but most of it just felt sappy, dull, and without real direction.
March 23, 2008
this is why Mel Brooks is a good filmmaker. never loses his witty, slapstick comedic form and still manages to throw a touch of pointed realism in for good measure. his later films really have nothing on his earlier stuff, but mmm, that's good satire.
April 22, 2007
Mel Brooks made a very interesting film about life and that money isn't everything. The film has some great humor and has a few sad moments. A very entertaining film from 1991.
January 20, 2007
i thought this movie was brilliant. mel brooks has a view on comedy that no one else has. if you disagree, and think he is not funny, then you obviously have no sense of humor. this movie is witty, and shows how classifying people is wrong.
½ April 1, 2015
There is humor here although it is strained.
March 2, 2015
It's a bit too bleak and depressing, but Mel Brooks can always be counted on for a laugh. It's not one of his classics, but it has its moments.
December 18, 2014
This movie, relying heavily on jokes about rich versus poor, Mel Brooks' painfully contrived story, and Jeffrey Tambor's painfully awkward, bizarre and unfunny humour, makes it Mel Brooks' weakest film. While he did try creating an original comedy movie (something the critics have noticed), he had much better luck spoofing them himself.
December 9, 2014
Normally, when filmmakers step outside of their comfort zone, I'm excited to see the end result even when it isn't entirely successful. Mel Brooks is one of the most renown and respected comedic filmmakers of the modern age, and "Life Stinks" is his attempt at making a socially responsible comedy, and the finished product is an utter disaster.

There are attempts at humor in the film, make no mistakes about that, with with Brooks you can count on either biting satire or goofy, go-for-broke sight gags. You'll find none of that here. Because of the subject matter. most of the humor is uncomfortable and it doesn't mix well with the paths and social commentary.

I can understand Brooks wanting to shine a light on a serious subject matter through the use of humor, but here the line between the two is blurred and neither is effective. The homeless in the film are fairly impossible to take seriously because they are written as kooky but lovable scamps. The upside of that is that it makes the preposterous relationship that develops between Brooks and bag lady Lesley Anne Warren palatable but still incredibly difficult to stomach.

There are also several basic contrivances with the story that are never fully resolved, but they do make for a happy ending in which everyone learns a lesson and is wiser for the experience. Everyone, that is, except for the audience of "Life Stinks." It's a definite departure for Brooks that still tries to retain the spirit of his earlier films, but the gamble misfires badly. It's a somber experience, and the lack of successful jokes make it even more unbearable.
June 3, 2013
This odd and funny film is really enjoyable to watch. Styled in an over the top manner, it is witty and satirizes some serious issues. Overall a good film if somewhat too cheesy at times.
½ July 6, 2007
A super low point for Mel Brooks.
April 10, 2011
Great movie! It's a classic for sure. It's not offensive or degrading towards the homeless. It's just a funny movie. In my opinion the humor has aged well.
½ November 12, 2010
This is truely a great move away from the usual for Brooks. Brooks has instead made the ideal comedy-tradgedy for our time. At one moment theres a laugh, then theres drama, then theres sadness, and back again.

Mel Brooks stars in, directs, screenplays, writes this story about a bet made only by the weathy against the wealthy. An unconventional comedy of almost non-stop humor. Mel Brooks plays a billionaire who, on a bet, takes to the L.A. streets for one month and ends up with the education of a lifetime.

If not for Mel Brooks, I would have written this fantasy-comedy-drama off as a joke. But Brooks turns the tables on us as he sheds light on the plight of the homeless and what they endure while we watch in and pay for a nice theatrical experience.

Brooks complains that life stinks because without money it really does stink, literally and figuratively.

Well done Mr. Brooks.

Mel Brooks (as the bet making billionaire)
Howard Morris
Jeffrey Tambor
Lesley Ann Warren (as a homeless dancer and divorcee)

Director: Mel Brooks
Producer: Mel Brooks
Screenplay: Mel Brooks
Story by: Mel Brooks
Screenplay: Rudy De Luca
Story by: Rudy De Luca
Story by: Ron Clark
Screenplay: Steve Haberman
Story by: Steve Haberman
Associate Producer: Kim Kurumada
Production Designer: Peter S. Larkin
Costume Designer: Mary Malin
Composer: John Morris
Editor: David Rawlins
Cinematographer: Steven B. Poster
Executive Producer: Ezra Swerdlow
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