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Life Stinks

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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!

Special Features

  • "Does Life Really Stink?" featurette

Product Details

  • Actors: Mel Brooks, Lesley Ann Warren, Jeffrey Tambor, Stuart Pankin, Howard Morris
  • Directors: Mel Brooks
  • Writers: Mel Brooks, Rudy De Luca, Ron Clark, Steve Haberman
  • Producers: Mel Brooks, Ezra Swerdlow, Kim Kurumada
  • Format: Multiple Formats, 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 (Parents Strongly Cautioned)
  • Studio: MGM (Video & DVD)
  • DVD Release Date: February 18, 2003
  • Run Time: 92 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (131 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00007GZRN
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #38,221 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Life Stinks" on IMDb

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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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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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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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By A Customer on May 16, 1999
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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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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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This movie is a comical laugh factory about a business tycoon (Goddard Bolt), with no care for anything accept to make more money and realize his dream of building a mega commercial center bearing his name on a poor and homeless zone of the city. When his competitor desires this same zone and wishes to purchase it, the two men some how come up with a bet for Goddard Bolt to survive 30 days on the street as a homeless person. From here you can imagine what a mega rich man who has never experienced a life with struggles, will have to endure in order to survive a month on the streets, homeless! For a comedy his experience is very light but there are many good life lessons to be learned and at the very end this very cold business tycoon with his new experience and perspective on the hardships endured by some of the most unfortunate, he learns to put all of his money to better and more worthwhile use. This was a wonderful movie and I love watching Mel Brooks act, your gonna laugh! This movie is totally worth watching!
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