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Life Stinks (1991)

PG-13 | | Comedy | 26 July 1991 (USA)
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 <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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From Fortune 500 ... to fortune's fool.

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Comedy

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Budget:

$13,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,920,215, 28 July 1991, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$4,102,526
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Newscaster: ...the ceremony has erupted into pandemonium. As of yet, I'm not exactly sure what's happening...
Fumes: [snatching the mike] This is Fumes, reporting from downtown, and I'll tell you what's happenin'. The rich and famous are having a party in our neighborhood, and we fucked it up! Ha Ha!
[winks]
Fumes: Back to you, Walter...
Newscaster: Is this going out live? Are we live? Oh, jeez...
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Words and Music by Cole Porter
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Not even close to as bad as some make it out to be, but still below normal pre-Spaceballs quality Brooks
12 June 2002 | by See all my reviews

Mel Brooks has been in a serious decline. This is commonly accepted fact. This movie was guaranteed to not even touch early Brooks, for it was made during his decline. It was to be no Young Frankenstein, no Silent Movie, no Producers,not even a History of The World. What I wanted to find out was how close it came to these classics.

Quite close, in fact. It certainly has its moments(Mel's dancing, getting knocked into the dumpster), and forms a more cohesive whole then most recent Brooks movies(it contains more then a series of gags loosely tied together by a plot that could have been created by a 3 year old). I didn't find it offensive - the way it dealt with homelessness may not be the whole truth, but remember, this is a PG-13 movie and is meant to be suitable for family viewing.

Overall, this is a decent movie, and certainly doesn't deserve a 4.8. It's not Brooks' best(not even close), but is an inoffensive comedy which only has one particuarly objectionable scene and will certainly entertain. Worth a rental.


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