Life Stinks
Life Stinks (1991)

In this Mel Brooks comedy, the writer-director stars as Goddard Bolt, a land developer who accepts a bet with a rival (Jeffrey Tambor), requiring Bolt to spend a month on the streets of Los Angeles living as a penniless vagrant.

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Rated: PG-13
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Genre: Comedy
Release Date: July 26, 1991
DVD Release Date: February 18, 2003
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Critic Score: 19% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing

Even comic geniuses are allowed an off-day -- or off-movie, as the case may be -- and Mel Brooks strikes out with this sizable flop.

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Ross Anthony
Hollywood Report Card

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.

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Alex Sandell
Juicy Cerebellum

Good message, bad comedy.

Emanuel Levy

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.

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Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

So pretty much does this Brooks misfire.

Rob Gonsalves

About 90% of the jokes elicit blank, polite stares, not laughs. The film is as raggedy and forlorn as its hero.

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Steve Crum
Kansas City Kansan

Lesser Mel Brooks has some funny bits if homelessness is funny at all

John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis

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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 45% Flixster User Reviews
Christian C
Heck! This MOVIE stinks! Not funny in the least.
Anthony Valletta
Weak beginning, picks up in the middle, dies at the end.
Arash Xak
Yeah life sucks so does this movie except for a few scenes
Leo L
Fantastic movie!
Lafe Fredbjornson
Mel Brooks goes homeless and hangs out with smelly bums in this dismal comedy, which is somewhat eye-opening.