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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Goddard Bolt
Vance Crasswell
Rudy De Luca ...
J. Paul Getty
Teddy Wilson ...
Matthew Faison ...
Mean Victor
Carmine Caridi ...
Flophouse Owner
Sammy Shore ...
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Frank Roman ...
Spanish Interpreter


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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Billy Barty played a character, Willy, whose name rhymed with his own first name. See more »


[Bolt is in an over-medicated coma]
Molly: I know you wanna give up, but you're wrong. Even without money, life is good.
[Bolt shakes his head; he can hear her]
Molly: No? What about when-when you didn't eat for two days and then you had your first big meal at the mission? Wasn't that good?
[Bolt shakes his head]
Molly: Remember the other night? When we drank champagne and danced... and rolled around in rags?
[Bolt raises his eyebrows]
Molly: I know they're only moments, but that's all life is: Just a bunch of moments. Most ...
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Referenced in Saturday Night Clive: Episode #4.1 (1991) See more »


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This movie just gets better
11 January 2008 | by (Netherlands) – See all my reviews

Brilliant over-acting by Lesley Ann Warren. Best dramatic hobo lady I have ever seen, and love scenes in clothes warehouse are second to none. The corn on face is a classic, as good as anything in Blazing Saddles. The take on lawyers is also superb. After being accused of being a turncoat, selling out his boss, and being dishonest the lawyer of Pepto Bolt shrugs indifferently "I'm a lawyer" he says. Three funny words. Jeffrey Tambor, a favorite from the later Larry Sanders show, is fantastic here too as a mad millionaire who wants to crush the ghetto. His character is more malevolent than usual. The hospital scene, and the scene where the homeless invade a demolition site, are all-time classics. Look for the legs scene and the two big diggers fighting (one bleeds). This movie gets better each time I see it (which is quite often).

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