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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.

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

Gross USA:

$4,102,526

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$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

One the few Mel Brooks movies where the characters don't make reference to the fact that they are in a movie. See more »

Quotes

Vance Crasswell: [Crasswell enters the doorway of Goddard Bolt's lawyers: Pritchard, Knowles, and Stevens] Excuse me, I'm sorry, am I interrupting? I'm interrupting, aren't I? Yeah, I should go. I should go, because this is wrong. It's stupid, it's wrong, it's morally and ethically wrong for me to even be here, isn't it? Because we all know that your client only has two days to go to win the bet. It looks like he's going to win it; therefore I have no business even being here, do I?
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Easy to Love
Words and Music by Cole Porter
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Adventures on the streets of Downtown LA
26 December 2004 | by ICMovies2See all my reviews

Growing up around downtown LA as a kid in the seventies didn't look much different than it does today as far as the kinds of odd characters you'll run into while passing through it and I think this movie really captures some of the authentic types of characters you meet when you really get to know them, but you also run into those other types that are always looking for trouble as also depicted in this Mel Brooks movie who brings a lighter and even comical side to this scenario that is so prevalent and filmed in downtown Los Angeles.

Mel Brooks also stars as Goddard Bolt, a ruthless billionaire who soon begins to experience how the other half lives by unintentionally making a bet with his conniving business associates, from there he goes from riches to rags and meets some strange, funny but good hearted souls on the streets as well as endless comical mishaps, but with the help of a bag lady (Lesley Ann Warren) he begins to discover what really matters most unlike his former business associates.

Although this is one of my favorite movies, I still think the ending could have been done much better, but the comedy throughout never ends.


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