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Life Stinks (1991)

PG-13 | | Comedy | 26 July 1991 (USA)
A filthy rich businessman bets a corporate rival that he can live on the streets of L.A. without the comforts of home or money, which proves to be tougher than he thought.

Director:

Mel Brooks

Writers:

Mel Brooks (story), Ron Clark (story) | 5 more credits »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Mel Brooks ... Goddard Bolt
Lesley Ann Warren ... Molly
Jeffrey Tambor ... Vance Crasswell
Stuart Pankin ... Pritchard
Howard Morris ... Sailor
Rudy De Luca ... J. Paul Getty
Teddy Wilson ... Fumes
Michael Ensign ... Knowles
Matthew Faison Matthew Faison ... Stevens
Billy Barty ... Willy
Brian Thompson ... Mean Victor
Raymond O'Connor ... Yo
Carmine Caridi ... Flophouse Owner
Sammy Shore ... Reverend at Wedding
Frank Roman Frank Roman ... Spanish Interpreter
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Storyline

Sticking to great comedy in a way no one else can, Mel Brooks plays a wealthy business man who finds himself getting suckered into a bet with a rival business over the worst slum area of L.A. They both want to develop on it and both own half. Mel agrees to living as a homeless person in this neighborhood. If he can make it 30 days without his wallet or anything else, then the rival will sign over his half of the property. It's full of visual gags, one liners and even some heart warming scenes. Mel's character learns a lot along the way. Written by Michelle Scaturro

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

From Fortune 500 ... to fortune's fool.

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

26 July 1991 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Life Sucks See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$13,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,920,215, 28 July 1991

Gross USA:

$4,102,526

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$4,102,526
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The picture marked the unfortunate down-turn in the directorial movie career for Mel Brooks whose genre spoofs had performed well during the 1970s and 1980s. Only Robin Hood: Men in Tights (1993) and Dracula: Dead and Loving It (1995) would follow. See more »

Quotes

Vance Crasswell: An office is no place to do business.
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Easy to Love
Words and Music by Cole Porter
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Funny Social Commentary
24 February 2002 | by medrjelSee all my reviews

I guess as we all get older, we feel the need to be more enlightened socially, and that's what this movie's all about. Take a rich man, throw him on the streets for 30 days, and a little backstabbing and you get a movie.

This movie, while not on par with most of Mel's previous ambitions, is a nice movie. Leslie Ann Warren is pleasing as the bag lady. I enjoyed it, but it's not like Mel Brook's other movies. That's where most criticism comes in. If anyone else made this movie, I think it would of recieved a lot more praise.

That's not to say Mel made no mistakes. Some of the scenes are downright dumb and make no real sense other than trying to make a joke. Then again, I think you can say that about almost every other movie too.

I think most people could enjoy this movie on some level if they forget it's a Mel Brooks project, which is hard since he stars in it.


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