Life Stinks (1991)
From fortune 500...to fortune's fool.
|A rich businessman makes a bet he can survive on the streets of a rough los angeles neighborhood for 30 days completely penniless. During his stay he discovers another side of life and falls in love with a homeless woman.|
Editor's NoteLIFE 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.
Cast & Crew
|Lesley Ann Warren|
|Rudy De Luca|
|Steven Poster - Cinematographer|
|Mel Brooks - Director|
|John Morris - Musical Score|
|Mel Brooks - Producer|
|Mel Brooks - Writer|
Plot SummaryLIFE 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.
|"Just call me God for short."----Goddard (Mel Brooks), to himself|