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Life Stinks
Directed by Mel Brooks
Produced by Mel Brooks
Written by Mel Brooks
Ron Clark
Rudy De Luca
Steve Haberman
Starring Mel Brooks
Lesley Ann Warren
Jeffrey Tambor
Music by John Morris
Cinematography Steven B. Poster
Editing by Michael Mulconery
David Rawlins
Anthony Redman
Distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Release date(s) July 26, 1991
Running time 92 minutes
Country United States
Language Spanish, English
Budget $13,000,000
Gross revenue $4,102,526

Life Stinks is a 1991 comedy film directed by Mel Brooks. It is known as one of the few Mel Brooks films that is not a parody, nor at any time does the film break the fourth wall. The film co-stars Lesley Ann Warren, Brian Thompson, and Jeffrey Tambor. The original music score was composed by John Morris.

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Plot

In order to own an entire slum area of Los Angeles so he can tear it down, a callous, rich businessman, Goddard Bolt (CEO of Bolt Enterprises) makes a bet with his biggest rival, who also has an interest in the slum area, that he can survive on those streets for 30 days under three conditions: #1: Bolt will be completely penniless; #2: Bolt must wear an electronic anklet which will activate if he leaves the boundaries of the slum area; and he forfeits the bet if he exceeds 30 seconds out of bounds; #3: At no time can he reveal to any of the slum area residents that he is Goddard Bolt. If he succeeds he will be able to make a big profit by getting the area for almost nothing. His rival, though, plans to make his stay on the streets as bad as he can for Bolt to force him to give up before the 30 days are over. During his intermezzo on the streets of the city, Bolt, who is quickly given the nickname "Pepto" by other homeless persons, discovers a completely other side of life and eventually falls in love with a homeless woman.

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Reception

The film was screened out of competition at the 1991 Cannes Film Festival.[1]

Unlike Brooks's success much earlier, it is the first Mel Brooks film to be both a critical and commercial failure. Rotten Tomatoes reported that 19% of critics gave positive reviews based on 16 reviews. Positive praise for the movie, however, did come from the fact that Brooks attempted a different type of satire rather than rehashing spoofs.[2] The film underperformed at the box office grossing $4,102,526 domestically under its $13 million budget.[3]

Trivia

The film's opening scene closely resembles that of the episode Columbo: Blueprint for Murder, from the first season of the TV series.

Whoopi Goldberg was initially considered for Lesley Ann Warren's role, however Brooks was uncertain whether he could convincingly play her love interest.

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