The Producers (2005)
December 16, 2005 (Limited)
December 25, 2005
Rated PG-13 for sexual humor and references
Mel Brooks is bringing The Producers, one of the most honored musicals in the history of the American theater, to the motion picture screen as a sparkling, feature-length musical comedy. The record-breaking Tony Award-winning hit (based on Mel Brooks' seminal 1968 motion picture comedy) received 15 nominations and won a record-breaking 12 awards, including Best Musical, Best Director and Choreographer, and Best Actor.
Two-time Tony Award winners Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick return to their celebrated...
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The Producers is a film that tries to go the extra mile yet comes up a bit short. Every musical number and every joke is big, over the top and I guess that's how it's supposed to be because the play I'm sure is very much the same. And that is where the problem lies. The movie attempts to duplicate the same physical comedy found in the play, one of the most successful Broadway plays ever. However, what works on stage does not necessarily work on screen. Every sequence of this film is clever, even likeable, but the flare and humor found on the stage just does not come through. I laughed in a few parts, but it was the kind of laugh that people give when something is on the fringe of being funny, almost a gentle nudge saying ‘that's almost funny enough, just go a little further.' Unfortunately, most of the times it doesn't. Full movie review »