Robin Hood: Men In Tights (1993)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):  B.5

France/USA, 1993.  Brooksfilms, Gaumont.  Story by , , Screenplay by Mel Brooks, Evan Chandler, J.D. Shapiro.  Cinematography by .  Produced by Mel Brooks.  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .

Mel Brooks continues in his quest to make a spoof as good as his brilliant Young Frankenstein, and continues to fall flat on his face. Where Spaceballs was about as pointless as movies get, at least it was funny; this dry take on the many cinematic versions of Robin Hood hardly ever manages to induce more than a low-brow chuckle. Cary Elwes is game in the lead, and Amy Yasbeck is delightful as the chastity-belted Maid Marian (a joke mined almost twenty years earlier by Woody Allen in Everything You Always Wanted To Know About Sex *but were afraid to ask), but everything else about it is less memorable than if it had been a skit on Saturday Night Live.

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