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)
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