A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum
A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (1966)

In this hilarious slapstick comedy, Pseudolus is a cunning Roman slave who'll do anything to win his freedom. The plot is way too complex to fully detail here, though we can note that it hinges on the fact that three suburban Roman… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: October 16, 1966
DVD Release Date: May 15, 2001
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Critic Score: 83% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
J.C. Mašek III

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).

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Douglas Pratt

The funniest movie ever made

James Rocchi

The Empire strikes back in loutish, fun musical comedy.

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Wesley Lovell
Cinema Sight

Humorous to an extent, but lacking the bang you might expect from a big screen musical.

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Steve Crum

Hilarious, stagey version of hit Broadway musical comedy.

Bob Bloom
Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)

A great mixture of slapstick, farce and music. Zero Mostel is a treat as is the underappreciated Jack Gilford.

Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

The middling low-brow slapstick comedy overdoses on the brassy Zero Mostel hamming it up.

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Emily Blunt
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This is freakin' hilarious!

Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 78% Flixster User Reviews
Aj V
This movie is really very funny, much more so than I expected. The cast is great, but I really felt that Keaton needed a bigger role in the story. Anyway, the… More
Byron Brubaker
Lester's mark on this comedy and the psychedelia of the 60's are definitely present. There are a lot of changes from the stage version of the musical… More
Kevin M. Williams
just-for-the-hell-of-it comedy with zero mostel mugging unmercilessly through the midsummer nights dream circumstances of a hapless slave seeking his freedom… More
Eduardo Tobias
Not exactly my kind of thing and neither did I find it good. Their where some funny moments but nothing laugh out loud. It's recommended for mature… More
xGary Xx
A kind of american version of Up Pompeii, this roman comedy based on a musical is actually pretty funny. But with a cast including the likes of Zero Mostel and… More