Life Stinks

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MGM Released 1991

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Director:
Mel Brooks
Released:
1991
Rating:
PG-13
Life Stinks is a 1991 film about two eccentric and cruel billionaires Goddard Bolt (Mel Brooks) and Vance Craswell (Jeffrey Tambor). They both wish to eradicate a poverty stricken area of Los Angeles in order to build their own commercial centers for profit. The only problem is that they each own half of the land. After several failed attempts to come to an agreement, they stumble upon a rather fascinating idea. Craswell bets Bolt that he cannot survive living a month on the streets as a homeless person. Whoever loses the bet must forfeit their portion of the property. From here a thrilling comedy takes place as Bolt struggles to adjust to the life of a pauper. Things are not all grim, however, as he meets a lovely and compassionate woman, Molly (Lesley Ann Warren), who is also homeless. The two form a strong bond and the two ponder the proposition of a romance.

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  • 75

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    It has its laughs, but it's a more thoughtful film, more softhearted toward its characters. It's warm and poignant.

  • 75

    Chicago Tribune Dave Kehr

    But if Brooks doesn't get the sting of reality he's looking for in Life Stinks, he does succeed with the film's fantasy elements-most memorably, a dance sequence set to Cole Porter...

  • 75

    San Francisco Chronicle Edward Guthmann

    Life Stinks will never stand with the classics -- it's basically a diversion -- but its plea for economic equality is well taken. And Brooks, after years of lousy movies, finally s...

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