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Life Stinks (1991)

PG-13  |   |  Comedy  |  26 July 1991 (USA)
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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.



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A rich businessman makes a bet he can survive on the streets of a rough Los Angeles neighborhood for 30 days completely penniless. During his stay he discovers another side of life and falls in love with with a homeless woman. Written by John Sacksteder <>

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Release Date:

26 July 1991 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Life Sucks  »

Box Office


$13,000,000 (estimated)


$4,102,526 (USA)

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Fumes: Back to you, Walter...
Newscaster: Is this going out live? Are we live? Oh, jeez...
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Referenced in Showbiz Today: Episode dated 24 July 1991 (1991) See more »


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2 July 1999 | by (Detroit) – See all my reviews

This is easily the most underrated film inn the Brooks cannon. Sure, its flawed. It does not give a realistic view of homelessness (unlike, say, how Citizen Kane gave a realistic view of lounge singers, or Titanic gave a realistic view of Italians YOU IDIOTS). Many of the jokes fall flat. But still, this film is very lovable in a way many comedies are not, and to pull that off in a story about some of the most traditionally reviled members of society is truly impressive. Its not The Fisher King, but its not crap, either. My only complaint is that Brooks should have cast someone else in the lead (I love Mel as a Director and Writer, not so much as a lead).

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