Life Stinks
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If a comedy is to be made from the plight of the homeless, who have to scrape through their days returning deposit bottles and cleaning car windshields to get their daily bread as the rich get richer and more heartless, it may as well be Mel Brooks' Life Stinks. The trademark Brooks humor dominates this fable about a ruthless billionaire, Goddard Bolt (Mel Brooks), who wants to obliterate a poor section of Los Angeles and build a high-tech commercial center in its place. His only problem is that he owns only half the land needed for the construction, the other half belonging to equally… More
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"A slapstick vaudeville about the poor and homeless? Inadvertently Mel Brooks gives the dangerous impression that homelessness is cute and that Downtown LA is filled with adorable and eccentric people who "just happen" to be roofless."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"So pretty much does this Brooks misfire."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"About 90% of the jokes elicit blank, polite stares, not laughs. The film is as raggedy and forlorn as its hero."
‑ Rob Gonsalves, eFilmCritic.com
"Lesser Mel Brooks has some funny bits if homelessness is funny at all"
‑ Steve Crum, Kansas City Kansan
"This was supposed to be Brooks's comical stab at social injustice, a kind of My Man Godfrey for the nineties, but it doesn't work."
‑ John J. Puccio, Movie Metropolis
"The slapstick here is nothing to rent the film over. Oddly, it's the serious moments that charm. I was embarrassed to myself for being choked up by Mel Brooks."
‑ Ross Anthony, Hollywood Report Card
"Good message, bad comedy."
‑ Alex Sandell, Juicy Cerebellum
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