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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.

Director:

Mel Brooks

Writers:

Mel Brooks (story), Ron Clark (story) | 5 more credits »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Mel Brooks ... Goddard Bolt
Lesley Ann Warren ... Molly
Jeffrey Tambor ... Vance Crasswell
Stuart Pankin ... Pritchard
Howard Morris ... Sailor
Rudy De Luca ... J. Paul Getty
Teddy Wilson ... Fumes
Michael Ensign ... Knowles
Matthew Faison Matthew Faison ... Stevens
Billy Barty ... Willy
Brian Thompson ... Mean Victor
Raymond O'Connor ... Yo
Carmine Caridi ... Flophouse Owner
Sammy Shore ... Reverend at Wedding
Frank Roman Frank Roman ... Spanish Interpreter
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Storyline

Sticking to great comedy in a way no one else can, Mel Brooks plays a wealthy business man who finds himself getting suckered into a bet with a rival business over the worst slum area of L.A. They both want to develop on it and both own half. Mel agrees to living as a homeless person in this neighborhood. If he can make it 30 days without his wallet or anything else, then the rival will sign over his half of the property. It's full of visual gags, one liners and even some heart warming scenes. Mel's character learns a lot along the way. Written by Michelle Scaturro

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

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

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

26 July 1991 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Life Sucks See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The film screened out-of-competition at the Cannes Film Festival in 1991 playing at a "surprise screening". France, being the home of great existential and phenomenological writers, such as Jean-Paul Sartre and Simone de Beauvoir, contributed to this movie screening there, the film being an "existential comedy". See more »

Quotes

J. Paul Getty: Shut up!
Goddard Bolt: Who are you?
J. Paul Getty: I'm J. Paul Getty. I was the richest man in the world. You don't see me ranting and raving about it, do you? No! I took my losses!
Goddard Bolt: What losses?
J. Paul Getty: During the crash, the clash, the smash!
Goddard Bolt: Listen to me. You are not J. Paul Getty. You are a pathetic, broken-minded, little bum. In your mind you think you're J. Paul Getty but you're not. Whilst I on the other hand, am Goddard Bolt, a genuine financial giant.
J. Paul Getty: So am I!
Goddard Bolt: [slaps Getty] You're not!
J. Paul Getty: [slaps Bolt] I am!
Goddard Bolt: [slaps Getty] You're ...
[...]
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Connections

Referenced in The Big Lebowski (1998) See more »

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Easy to Love
Words and Music by Cole Porter
© 1936 Chappell & Co. (Renewed)
All Rights Reserved
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This was a surprisingly GOOD movie
15 April 2006 | by rdcopSee all my reviews

This is not the typical Mel Brooks film. It was much less slapstick than most of his movies and actually had a plot that was followable. Leslie Ann Warren made the movie, she is such a fantastic, under-rated actress. There were some moments that could have been fleshed out a bit more, and some scenes that could probably have been cut to make the room to do so, but all in all, this is worth the price to rent and see it. The acting was good overall, Brooks himself did a good job without his characteristic speaking to directly to the audience. Again, Warren was the best actor in the movie, but "Fume" and "Sailor" both played their parts well.


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