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After putting together another Broadway flop, down-on-his-luck producer Max Bialystock teams up with timid accountant Leo Bloom in a get-rich-quick scheme to put on the world's worst show.
The Producers isn't the best film made. Not even close. Not the best musical, not the best Broadway-to-film adaptation. Not nearly the best Mel Brooks movie. It bombed at the box office and got some pretty bad reviews. It has parts that drag on and some of the songs are boring as all hell. It doesn't hold a candle to the 1968 original.
But, for reasons I can’t put words too, I love it. So much! And I don’t know why. I saw it on a whim in a full theater, maybe that did it. There’s a real difference between watching a film alone at home and with sharing with a room full of people. The jokes are funnier, the…
This was still somewhat fun on a re-watch, but not everything worked for me. Broderick was terrible as Bloom (I believe he was a lot better in the actual musical), the acting itself was too slapstick-ey, the puns and other humor was very hit or miss as well, with a runtime with over 2 hours it was way too long, and most importantly for a musical comedy the songs were very uneven. Strange enough, I thought Will Ferrell was hilarious.
It's just not good... There isn't much else to say. As much as I would love to NOT be one of those people to say "stick with the original" I feel like in this case it's kind of a given. Mel Brooks had a hand in this film and there are moments where his greatness shines bright through the overbearing mediocrity. I am not a HUGE fan of the original or musicals in general, but this one got a lot of the musical scenes down decently enough. I found that I was having fun and tapping my toe one minute and being frustrated and bored the next. Nathan Lane no matter what…
This film somehow makes Will Ferrell very unfunny, and Uma Thurman rather un-sexy.
It also happens to be one of the most ageist, misogynistic, homophobic and outright offensive excuses for a film I've ever seen.
This film is Satan's spawn. Complete crap from beginning to end.
I've now seen three different versions of this (if you include the series of Curb, in which Larry David gets the role of Max Bialystock, which of course I do), and I have to say that this was probably the weakest, although I guess that's probably not really a surprise.
It's not necessarily bad though, for the most part. It gave quite a few laughs, mostly from Nathan Lane as one of the titular producers, and the song and dance routines were all very well done, even if a couple of them did go on a tad too long.
The main issue was with Matthew Broderick, really. He was wooden, uncharismatic, and generally pretty terrible, and considering this is an…
I will give Mel Brooks credit for having one hell of a good idea in The Producers, but the musical adaption of it does the idea no justice.
Based on the Broadway musical of the classic comedy film, The Producers is about two stage producers who discover a flop can make more than a hit, and try to create the worst Broadway musical ever.
The film seems to go wrong when it copies stage conventions, rather than film, likely in the hope of reenacting the success of the Broadway show. And while this makes sense from a business perspective, it doesn't from an entertainment view.
The humour for example is like a couple of mediocre comedians performing on the ball…
i enjoyed this movie only for the money scheme.
I came across this movie with Ferris Bueller as an accountant who suddenly sings in his office-turned-stage with those fancy-costumed lady dancers, and The Bride who speaks in Scandinavian accent (and looks incredibly hot), and Ron Burgundy who suddenly comes out army-like with tin hat and seriously-looking face. And don't forget that guy who with his stupid brother exterminated his house for a goddamn rat! THE PRODUCERS is an unorthodox musical with fine songs and fantastic choreography, but its Broadway style makes it feels okay for me.
A waste of time. Neither the jokes or the songs work. Go and watch the original instead or even better season 4 of Curb Your Enthusiasm.
Direction from Brooks's Broadway colleague means lots of inert, non-cinematic set-ups, i.e. frontality, with whoever is screaming placed in the center of the frame. Never much cared for the show - it's too de-clawed to nudge the system effectively - artistry is an occupational hazard, ah ha - and updating the cast with Will Ferrell in a pivotal role helps matters none. Thurman retains her dignity. Obviously Broderick and Lane do their thing.
Shamelessly ripped off from Adam Cook's list. 100 films that aren't necessarily bad, but which I hate. With a passion.
I bet this already exists (if so, comment please), but thought it'd be fun to see a list of all…