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Life Stinks (1991)

Mel Brooks , Jeffrey Tambor  |  PG-13 |  DVD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (74 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Mel Brooks, Jeffrey Tambor
  • Format: Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Dubbed, Full Screen, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Dubbed: French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: MGM (Video & DVD)
  • DVD Release Date: February 18, 2003
  • Run Time: 92 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (74 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00007GZRN
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #105,370 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Life Stinks" on IMDb

Special Features

  • "Does Life Really Stink?" featurette

Editorial Reviews

Acclaimed actor/writer/director Mel Brooks (Spaceballs, The Producers) takes his hilarious brand of comic lunacy to the streetsliterallywith this warmhearted comedy (Roger Ebert) about a rich man who wins back his humanity...by losing everything else he's got! Multi-billionaire Goddard Bolt (Brooks) has just made a deal that will change his life. In order to win the right to build over a ghetto, Bolt must survive on its impoverished streetspennilessfor 30 days. But when this well-to-do man discovers what it's like to do without, it'll take the charity of a feisty bag lady (Lesley Ann Warren) and a newly found appreciation for the best things in life to show him the true meaning of being filthy rich!

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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars LIFE MAY STINK, BUT THIS MOVIE IS GREAT! February 16, 2000
Format:VHS Tape
No, this is not your typical Mel Brooks comedy; loaded down with relentless slapstick comedy and sight-gags! IT'S TEN TIMES BETTER! Life Stinks, unlike other Mel Brooks movies, has real heart and soul. Yes, it's funny; but it's also very touching. In the movie, you get to "meet" some homeless people, who make you realize that; hey, they have real feelings and personalities too! I don't feel the movie pokes fun of the homeless; instead, it pokes fun at the rich guy who loses his cloak of money and then can't deal with the "realities" of life -(thus proclaiming, Life Stinks)! Again, this movie is NOT typical Mel Brooks, if that's what you're expecting. However, if you ARE expecting a movie that is wonderfully entertaining and worth viewing over and over again, then you definitely WILL NOT BE DISAPPOINTED! BUY IT, AND JUDGE FOR YOURSELF!
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This Movie is Funny!!!!! May 16, 1999
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
Life Stinks is an amazingly funny comedy and one of Mel Brooks' best. He is a comedic genius! I laughed my head off after watching it the first time and decided to buy it. I highly reccomend it to those who are ready to laugh!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Strange guy in a stranger land June 18, 1999
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
This flick has the usual Mel Brooks unashamed look at homelessness with all the expected "middle class" stereotypes included. Leonard Maltin missed the big picture in his review--This video isn't funny because it pokes fun at the homeless-It's funny because it pokes fun at the clueless-ness of the "haves". Sorry, but Mel is funny.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Good For Later Brooks!!! August 2, 2006
Format:DVD
Loved this movie and was cracking up through most of it. Brooks may have peaked during Blazing Saddles and Young Frankenstein but this movie is very funny and I'm going to buy it now (after seeing it on tv).
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Brooks comedy with more heart but less belly laughs October 25, 2009
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When you name your movie "Life Stinks", and the movie isn't a comedy classic like "Blazing Saddles" or "Young Frankenstein", then you get set up for harsh remarks like "This Movie Stinks". And that's too bad, because this is a smaller film with more heart & soul which doesn't try to BE those comedies. This one has a different tone & purpose. It's not a genre parody like Brooks' past work, but one which addresses a real life issue: That of society's division between the wealthy and that of the impoverished. Brooks casts himself as multi-millionaire Goddard Bolt, a callous, uncaring man who sets his sights on bulldozing 2 1/2 miles of Los Angeles' most destitute property--which happens to be the "home" of the homeless. But first, Bolt must secure the other half of ownership from his business rival, an even more unscrupulous (and sneaky) man played with controlled oiliness by Jeffrey Tambor. A bet is made based on whether Bolt can survive on these same streets for thirty days (of course, Tambor tricks Bolt out of his fortune during this time). What transpires as survival for Bolt is also a life lesson as he learns firsthand how harsh life is for these homeless people. Along the way, he befriends a feisty bag lady (Lesley Ann Warren, who made a one-note character in "Victor/Victoria" hilarious, and works the same magic here), a spindly old man named Sailor (a surprisingly restrained performance from Howard Morris), and a lanky, boozy bum (Teddy Wilson). The dramatic scene when Sailor is left for dead on a sidewalk--and no one seems to care--speaks volumes about society's views of the homeless. Read more ›
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Moving and Hilarious October 8, 1999
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
Mel Brooks is the greatest filmaker of all time. He's hilarious. LIFE STINKS is a charming, touching, warm, funny movie. I can't say enough good things about it. It's unlike any other movie because its daring and true. This movie is not fake. I HIGHLY RECCOMEND it!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Right Up There With "City Lights" April 21, 2007
Format:DVD
After being criticized for producing mostly spoof movies, Mel Brooks departed from that genre and returned to the semi-real world of his early two films "The Producers" and "The Twelve Chairs." "Life Stinks" is a Chaplinesque fable that focused on the very real problems of America's homeless. While it was met with indifference by the moviegoing public and critics took turns hurling brickbats, practically inviting derision due to the title, there were a few perceptive reviewers who recognized that this was Brooks' most sincere and daring effort in years. Perhaps if the title of this film had been "Life Is Beautiful," it would have met a different fate. Nevertheless, this film is an important entry into the Brooks canon. Putting his money where his mouth is, Mel Brooks made a strong social statement as well as an entertaining film. It's his most personal work since "The Producers."
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Life Stinks, but the movies is Roses December 18, 2001
Format:VHS Tape
This is one of my favorite movies. A few scenes are so memorable that it is a must have in your video collection. It is, after all, Mel Brooks! Where is the DVD???????
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
very funny great comedy movie
Published 12 days ago by Lynne
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
No comment
Published 13 days ago by K. C. Anderson
5.0 out of 5 stars ... a lot) I watch Mel and fell a bit better..
when I feel down and depressed (which is a lot) I watch Mel and fell a bit better..
Published 16 days ago by victor h hawkins
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Good movie
Published 21 days ago by NICK EREDIA
5.0 out of 5 stars This is one of my favorite Mel Brooks movies
This is one of my favorite Mel Brooks movies. Strangely, it's not very well known. If you're a fan of Mel Brooks movies and haven't seen this one, it's a
must see.
Published 1 month ago by Justin
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Such a funny movie! I love Mel Brooks!
Published 2 months ago by teeminx
5.0 out of 5 stars FUNNY,FUNNY and MORE FUNNY.
ONE OF THE BEST COMEDY FILMS I'VE EVER SEEN.
Published 2 months ago by James J. McGowan
4.0 out of 5 stars 4/5
Definately not the best Mel Brooks movie, but overall it was a good comedy. And had some funny moments.
Published 3 months ago by AAA Watch Connection
5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious
Classic Mel Brooks. You have to watch this. It will make you laugh as the character goes from being a shrewd businessman to living on the street in a bet with another tycoon that... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Savannah Summers
4.0 out of 5 stars Life may stink, but this movie doesn't ... mostly
I'm a big fan of Mel Brooks' work. He's a hilarious guy. But he's mostly stuck to parody films throughout his career, and it's not surprising that he'd want to do something... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Joey Sack
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