A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum
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A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum
Director Richard Lester uses the Burt Shevelove/Larry Gelbart/Stephen Sondheim Broadway musical hit as a launching pad for some of his wildest slapstick gaggery. Zero Mostel repeats his stage role as Pseudolus, the cunning Roman slave who'll do anything to win his freedom. The plot hinges on three Roman houses next door to each another. One is the home of Pseudolus' masters: the philandering Senex (Michael Hordern), his domineering wife, Domina (Patricia Jessell), and their handsome but empty-headed son, Hero (Michael Crawford). The second house is a brothel belonging to unctuous… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 83%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum is a classic in its own right. The songs are fun and the story is unpredictable (even if it does occasionally meander for too long)."
‑ J.C. Mašek III, PopMatters
"The funniest movie ever made"
‑ Douglas Pratt, DVDLaser
"The Empire strikes back in loutish, fun musical comedy."
‑ James Rocchi, Netflix
"A funny thing happened on the way to Hollywood: A good musical-comedy lost much of its fizz."
‑ John J. Puccio, Movie Metropolis
"Humorous to an extent, but lacking the bang you might expect from a big screen musical."
‑ Wesley Lovell, Cinema Sight
"Hilarious, stagey version of hit Broadway musical comedy."
‑ Steve Crum, Video-Reviewmaster.com
"A great mixture of slapstick, farce and music. Zero Mostel is a treat as is the underappreciated Jack Gilford."
‑ Bob Bloom, Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
"The middling low-brow slapstick comedy overdoses on the brassy Zero Mostel hamming it up."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"This is freakin' hilarious!"
‑ Emily Blunt, Blunt Review
"Perhaps the first modern film musical -- breaking with and even making sport of the theatrical artifice that had been bogging down the genre for nearly a decade."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
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