A humorous and sweet-natured dramedy.
Goddard Bolt (Mel Brooks) is a rich, arrogant and self-obsessed businessman, who makes a bet with his nemesis (Jeffrey Tambor) that he can be homeless for 30 days. This eventually opens Bolt’s eyes to the way he has lived his life.
Life Stinks is one of those rare Mel Brooks films that is actually not a straight-up parody. While it does have a number of gut-busting laughs, there’s also some moments of drama. You can tell that Brooks must’ve wanted to tackle some heavier subject matter, but within the context of a comedy. But, I think it works well here and makes the inevitable character transition more believable.
It might not be as memorable as Young Frankenstein or as funny as Spaceballs, but I think Life Stinks is still Mel Brooks’ most mature movie to date.