109 of 125 people found the following review helpful
on May 28, 2002
Love Robin Hood? Well, Mel Brooks has made fun of this timeless story in one of the "best ideas since pay toilets." This excellent and witty film has continued Mel Brooks' legacy of wacky, outrageous films such as Blazzing Saddles, Young Frankenstein, Spaceballs and History of the World Part I.
Cary Elwes probably described his own performance best: "Unlike some other Robin Hoods, I can speak with an English accent!" Cary Elwes brought comedic timing and a wacky calmness to literature's most heroic and stern characters.
Other great performances included Richard Lewis as Prince John who is constantly annoyed by the noise in his castle and his outstanding mobile mole. David Chappelle brings soul to the cast in a midevil attitude sort of way with impersonations of Malcolm X and famous lines such as "awww, white men can't jump!" Roger Rees also brings a wacky interpritation to one of history's greatest villains. Mark Blankfield brings and incredibly funny wacky blindman to life with excellent delivery and fast punchlines. Also, watch out for Little John, "but don't let the name fool you, in real life, he's real big!" played by Eric Kramer. Some other noticible performances were given by Amy Yasbeck, Megan Cavanagh, and Matthew Porretta.
Watch out for many famous stars making brief appearances such as Isaac Hayes, Tracey Ullman, Patrick Stewart, Dom DeLuise, Dick Van Patten, and of course, Mel Brooks.
You'll want to watch this hillarious movie over and over again to catch some of the faster jokes and to pick up on some of the older ones. I have seen this movie many times and I still repeat lines from it on almost a daily basis.
As Mel Brooks would say this movie is "the best thing to come since pay toilets!"
56 of 63 people found the following review helpful
on November 28, 2002
When Mel Brooks is "on," nobody is funnier. "Robin Hood: Men in Tights" is another side-splitting parody from the director, and like his other hits, it has some moments that have me falling out of the chair no matter how many times I see them.
The plot loosely (very, very loosely) follows the Robin Hood saga of yore. Robin, looking a lot like Errol Flynn, is surrounded by his Merry Men. They're merry, alright--they do a singing, dancing number entitled "Men in Tights" after trying to hike up said garments in "Ye Olde Privy."
Robin is lured into a nefarious archery contest concocted by the evil Prince John, with the help of Don Giovanni. This particular "Don" is played to the hilt by Dom DeLuise, doing a perfect imitation of Marlon Brando as Don Corleone. This is one of the aforementioned scenes that has me unable to sit in the chair! It is literally a show-stopper; so funny that it's hard to hear the lines.
When Maid Marion hears of the plot, she rides into the forest to warn her beau--accompanied by her massive Brunhilde of a chaperone (the aside to the audience by the chaperone's horse is another can't-miss piece of hilarity). Robin can't resist showing off his archery talents, however, and rides off to the tournament, knowing he is marked for death.
Need I say it--everything turns out great in the end. Except for the viewer, who has had a heart attack from laughing too hard! This is a must to add to your collection. Another Mel Brooks classic.
25 of 28 people found the following review helpful
on August 15, 2001
"Oh look. It's Cary Elwes."
That was my line to my sister at the video store as she tried to choose between two films. We ended up with this one, and I have to say I could not stop laughing.
Although a sense of humor is appreciated with me, this was the first movie since I can't remember when that I couldn't stop laughing after I started. Usually I can stop when the first joke is over and begin again at the second, but I couldn't hold it back this time. This event took place during the Men in Tights song.
This was- brace yourself- MY FIRST MEL BROOKS MOVIE. I'm pretty sure it was the first. I must have watched it 6 times in my five day rental period, and I am now addicted to it and Mel Brooks (doesn't that Matthew Broderick/ Nathan Lane version of The Producers look fantastic??). That's pretty good for the movie, considering I only recommended it because the last movie I saw before it was The Princess Bride and I wanted more Cary Elwes.
Rent this movie. It will hit your sense of humor every time.
14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on December 20, 1999
Robin Hood: Men in Tights is the best, funniest, most hilarious movie ever. the only thing is.....it's addictive. you'll wanna watch it 12 times a day! ok,ok maybe i got addicted to it and know the whole movie by heart, but that's not a bad thing. my friend was pretty sad about something and i told her to sit by the t.v. and i turned on Robin Hood Men in Tights and in no time she had a BIG smile on her face. i strongly suggest you get this movie!
25 of 31 people found the following review helpful
on July 9, 2000
If you're sick and tired of spoofs, especially the dumb ones of today, like "Mafia!" or "Scary Movie", this is the spoof for you. This movie has all kinds of crazy humor that doesn't offend anyone or go over the top, and has a mess of celebrities in it, like the main star, Cary Elwes, and a great supporting cast consisting of Amy Yasbeck, Dave Chappelle, Isaac Hayes, Megan Cavanaugh, and even Patrick Stewart, under the direction of comedy legend Mel Brooks, who also appears in the movie. This movie has all kinds of humor, from humor spoofing modern times, to "secret" humor, to metaphorical humor, and to simply wacky humor anyone can laugh at. Like the Monty Python movies and the Naked Gun trilogy, you'd have to be dead not to find this movie funny.
So in short, see this movie! You'll laugh till your sides hurt!
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on August 26, 2002
Another hilarious excursion from the zany world of Mel Brooks. The acting was excellent, and Robin Hood was given the old "Mel treatment". The story is, Robin Hood is given a key that leads to the greatest treasure throughout the land, and is destined to find it. He journeys home to England and meets up with friends Achoo, Blinkin, and Little John, just three members of Robin's merry men in tights. Meanwhile Maid Marian has a pair of iron underwear that is locked shut, only to be opened by her true love. You know where this is all going. One of the funniest spoofs I have ever seen, but this one has to come out on DVD!
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Yeah, it ain't "Blazing Saddles" but then that's like comparing anything else Leonardo painted to "Mona Lisa." This is a funny, funny film with a great cast, headed up by Cary Elwes who despite looking like a handsome leading man, can carry off humor with incredible skill. Why don't we see more of him? He's great. The rest of the cast is fantastic, and the cameo Brooks role of Rabbi Tuckmann, purveyor of sacramental wine is one of his best. He's one of the few directors who can make a cameo more than just a walk-on vanity.
This is always fun for a rainy day rental and after seeing all the second-rate serious Robin Hood films, it makes a welcome parody.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on March 17, 2006
Robin Hood Men in Tights is a good movie. It is coming out on DVD sometime in April 2006 but at this point there are no seprate DVD releases and you have to buy it in the Mel Brooks boxset collection which also includes Silent Movie, High Anxiety, The Twelve Chairs, To Be or Not to Be, Young Frankenstein and The History of the World Part 1. Right now it is the only way to get Robin Hood Men in Tights but I am sure that eventually they will release it seperately.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on February 14, 2015
Funny but far too sequenced comedy from Mel Brooks warrants a review due to the wonderful comic performance of Richard Lewis, whose amusingly effective parody of the Prince John baddie-type is worth the admission price alone. The rest of the cast does quite well in general, but the script that they are given is a true hit-and-miss affair (a clichéd phrase, but appropriate here). However, the rest of the film is made up of moderately funny periodic moments, some of which stick in the mind, others of which fall reasonably flat, but I can say that this film will stand the test of time far better than the Kevin Costner interpretation which it is unabashedly inspired by. Although it is only me nit-picking as a critic, I must point out that the scripts for Brooks's films are typically constructed of spare parts taken from outrageous jokes, humorous sight gags, and various knee-slappers that ultimately add up to feature-length movies that end up feeling merely like a bunch of juvenile skits tied together (rather than a more mature approach to comedy in which the humor is built into the story, Brooks's movies are full-tilt parody from first frame to the last). Although to my taste the film is only intermittently successful, I still appreciate a lot of the movie's humor. But it's not quite as successful as the earlier Mel Brooks comedy films overall. Again, it seems to me that Mel is more valuable as a producer (and maybe screenwriter) than he is as a director, but when the public comes to expect such shenanigans from him as a filmmaker, what else can he do really? Finally, after the devastating cancellation of his short-lived 1970s TV show "When Things Were Rotten", Mel Brooks has been able to restore his vision of Robin Hood to the cinematic world once and for all. C+
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Granted, there are some gags here that don't work, but overall I found myself laughing more often than not at this Mel Brooks spoof from the early nineties. The Robin Hood legend and Kevin Costner's fiasco are rife for spoofing and Brooks pulls out the stops on some. One of my favorites is when Robin and Sheriff of Rottingham are swordfighting and the camera catches them playing hand puppets. Carey Elwes is fine as the righteous and noble Robin; Richard Lewis with the moving mole is good as dastardly Prince John, who gets toilets named after him; Roger Rees almost steals the show as the Sheriff, who gets tongue tied quite often; Amy Yasbeck is the sultry Maid Marian with an Everlast chastity belt; Megan Cavsnaugh is a riot as Broomhilde, her consort; Dave Chappelle made his movie debut as the cool sidekick Robin rescues, "Achoo"; Eric Alan Kramer is the lusty Little John; and Mel Brooks himself shows up as the Rabbi with the circumcision device.
It's all ludicrous and silly but lots of fun.