Release Date: July 26, 1991
Starring: Mel Brooks (Goddard Bolt),
Lesley Ann Warren (Molly),
Jeffrey Tambor (Vance
Crasswell), & Howard Morris
Runtime: 100 minutes
Distributor: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures
Director: Mel Brooks
Producer: Ezra Swerdlow, Kim Kurumda &
Writer: Mel Brooks, Ron Clark, Rudy De
Luca, & Steve Haberman
Address Comments To:David Forbes
MGM/UA Distribution Co.
450 N. Roxbury Drive
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
Talking politics, Crasswell dares him to live in the streets for 30 days without housing or money. Reluctantly, Mr. Bolt sacrifices his posh lifestyle in order to become a street person. He befriends a homeless woman named Molly, and their friendship develops into a sexual relationship.
When the month is up, Mr. Bolt returns to his mansion only to find that Crasswell has stolen everything he owns. Now destitute, he must find a way to recover his fortune.
LIFE STINKS isn't funny, no matter how hard it tries. In its worst moments, the film ridicules the Christian faith. A Latin interpreter crudely translates an Anglo priest's advice on fidelity to newlyweds with erotic hip motions to describe sex. In another scene, Mr. Bolt asks for help and a voice within the church says "we're closed; come back tomorrow."
Living in a sewer of perversion, it isn't hard to see why LIFE STINKS apart from God. Trashy scenes include cocaine use by hoods, who later knock Mr. Bolt senseless in an attempt to steal his billfold. Barely escaping, Mr. Bolt says "Thank you, God. Sorry I didn't believe in you when I was rich." His confession doesn't redeem him, but it is a good start.