Monster of the Day #897

OK, I *think* I know what this is.

  • Ericb

    I know what this is. Nice cameo John, you’re a good sport.

  • The Rev.

    “Oh no, not again!”

    This was one of the two funniest part of this movie. (The other being when they’re watching themselves “now.”)

  • Beckoning Chasm

    I think the song they used was also a shout-out to “One Froggy Evening,” but I haven’t seen the movie in too long to be sure.

  • kgb_san_diego

    Not just the song, but the hat as well… :-)

  • bgbear_rnh

    This scene should have been funnier than it turned out. Kinda like the whole film.

  • Gamera977

    How can you not be a hit when you start your act by bursting some poor slob’s chest?

  • Flangepart

    “Check Please!”

  • Rock Baker

    The movie has some fun stuff in it (I always get a good laugh from “Your full name!” “Barfolomew!”) but it was wildly uneven. I think one drawback is that the picture as a whole is something that should be fun for the family but is plagued by occasional off-color humor.

  • bgbear_rnh

    I thought the name “Pizza the Hut” was funny for some reason. I did snicker some.

    Better that “Robin Hood Men in Tights” where I watched the entire film and never laughed once. How did Brooks ruin “When Things Were Rotten”?

  • Rock Baker

    They’re two different animals, certainly. While goofy fun, When Things Were Rotten was still the traditional Robin Hood (what I liked best about the series was that Robin was a heroic and honorable man, not some crazy Daffy Duck-like cartoon). MEN IN TIGHTS was rather more adult in nature, although it had some interesting points. In whole, I liked the casting. It’s a fun time-waster, but it never justifies it’s budget. That’s what I notice.

  • bgbear_rnh

    Casting was great, I guess that was part of the disappointment.

  • So far I’m 0-2. The really sad thing is that I’ve seen all of these films more than once…

  • Rock Baker

    Yeah, I’ll go along with that. Seeing Cary Elwes (sp?) as Robin was a nice glimpse at the adventure movie that could have been. He was a perfect throwback to the swashbuckler heroes of old Hollywood. It’s very easy to picture him in a 40’s war or crime movie.

  • The Rev.

    I always giggle at the line about Pizza getting locked in his limo and eating himself to death. I don’t know if it’s the delivery or what, but there it is. The full name line is good, too.

    RH: MiT…yeah, that was not so good. Cary Elwes and Roger Rees were better than it deserved. The only part I remember laughing at was where the fox was trying to bite everyone around it. That fox was the audience identification figure, I believe. Plus it was adorable.

  • zombiewhacker

    Indeed. I read somewhat that Hurt had such a miserable time shooting Alien that at one point he was in Ridley Scott’s office literally crying. (My guess: the face hugger prosthetic might have had something to do with it.) The fact that he was willing to do a cameo in Spaceballs spoofing a movie role that originally gave him so much grief shows what an old pro Hurt really must be.

  • zombiewhacker

    An object case in extremes if ever there was one. When it’s funny at all, it’s laughing out loud hilarious. When it’s not, it’s painfully lame. But then, I just described every Mel Brooks movie in recent memory, didn’t I?

  • Petoht

    I dunno. I’d say Young Frankenstein and Blazing Saddles are gold from open to close.

    MiT’s big problem was, I think, it was somewhat lazier. It’s almost like a proto-version of the unwatchable Seltzberg movies. It was more interested in just throwing everything against the wall and seeing what stuck, while earlier ones spent a little more time on the plot. MiT also pretty much just followed Prince of Thieves beat for beat which made it weaker.

    That said, the parts where the Sheriff gets the words all out of order still makes me laugh.

  • Flangepart

    To me, Mel’s best flick’s are The Producers and Young Frankenstein. They stay together to the end. When B S…such great initials…breaks the forth wall at the end, it starts the trend of Mel not keeping the story together.
    Hummm…now I gotta see High Anxiety again, and The 12 Chairs…never saw that last one yet.

  • Rock Baker

    I had an odd reaction to BLAZING SADDLES. My introduction to it was the main theme song. After hearing that, and then hearing the epic music in the film itself, a part of me always wished it had been a straight western. That said, it contained some great gags and some really funny bits. I don’t go in for raunchy humor, though, so it’s truly an occasional watch for me.

  • Wade Harrell

    I think it was the success of Airplane that messed up Brook’s satirical movies. Prior to that, his movies were as much an homage to the films/genres he was satirizing as they were parodies. After Airplane came out I guess he felt like he had to do more broad comedy to keep up with current tastes, but it never suited him well.

  • sandra

    I’ve always thought Mel Brooks had a split personality: one was brilliant and the other was permanently arrested at age six, or whatever age it is that thinks it absolutely hilarious to scream “POO-POO ! “