- Rated: PG-13
- Closed captioning available
- Run Time: 1 hours, 35 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: February 18, 2003
- Originally Released: 1991
- Label: MGM (Video & DVD)
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Packaging: Keep Case
- Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic Widescreen - 1.85
- Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
- Aspect Ratio: Letterbox - 1.85
- Additional Release Material:
- Featurette: DOES LIFE REALLY STINK'
- Audio Commentary: Mel Brooks - Director, Rudy DeLuca - Screenwriter, Steve Haberman - Screenwriter
- Trailers: Original Theatrical Trailer
Performers, Cast and Crew:
Memorable Quotes and Dialog:
"Just call me God for short."
- Goddard (Mel Brooks), to himself
LIFE STINKS is the very funny, at times touching, and pointed commentary on greed, deceit, and human dignity. Director Mel Brooks stars as Goddard Bolt, a billionaire developer who is challenged by business rival Vance Crasswell (Jeffrey Tambor) to live on the streets without money for one month among the homeless both men are trying to further displace by building on the property that is their only home. Goddard is forced to dance for his money, avoid turf wars, develop survival tactics, live in a cardboard box, and more. But along the way, he makes valuable friends among the street people who teach him that life is not about owning material items but about the integrity of the human spirit. One of these is bag lady Molly (Lesley Ann Warren), who, in one of the most inspired moments of the film, dances with Goddard in a dilapidated building to the strains of Cole Porter's "Easy to Love." It is humanistic moments such as this one that makes what could have been a silly movie into a film more reminiscent of Brooks's madcap but poignant films such as YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN.
LIFE STINKS is a hilarious story of a billionaire who is challenged by a business rival to live on the streets for one month without his connections or money. Once there, a bag lady befriends him, sparking an unlikely May-December romance and a charming yet poignant comedy.
Switching Roles |
- The film was shown out of competition at the 1991 Cannes Film Festival.
- Rudy DeLuca, who plays the insane man who thinks he's J. Paul Getty, was one of the screenwriters for LIFE STINKS, among other Mel Brooks films he has written.
- The film marks one of the few times Brooks did not cast the familiar faces he repeatedly worked with on his other films (Gene Wilder, Madeline Kahn, Cloris Leachman, or Harvey Korman).