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The Producers (2005)
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Starring: Matthew Broderick, Nathan Lane, Uma Thurman
MPAA Rated: PG-13
Released By: Universal Pictures
Web Site: www.theproducersmovie.com
Kiddie Movie: They won't get it, leave them at home.
Date Movie: If she, or I suppose he, likes musicals.
Gratuitous Sex: Uma looks good but keeps all of her clothes on.
Gratuitous Violence: Some shooting but no one dies.
Action: Nah.
Laughs: Some pretty decent gut-busters.
Memorable Scene: I'll just say I nearly pissed my pants because of a pigeon.
Memorable Quote: Too many to list.
Directed By: Susan Stroman
Produced By: Mel Brooks, Jonathan Sanger

The Producers (2005)
A Movie Review

MPAA Rated - PG-13

It's 2:14 Long

A Review by
The Dude on the Right
Whatís the first thing I did after seeing the new movie version of "The Producers?" Well, I immediately had to go out and find a copy of the old version of "The Producers" because in all of my movie viewing, I had never seen it, but have heard many great things about it. I will simply start off by saying the 2005 musical movie "The Producers" is no "The Producers." Letís get to the storyÖ

Max Bialystock (Nathan Lane) is a Broadway Producer, who has had his share of hits, but now has a huge flop on his hands, as well as some financial troubles. Enter Leo Bloom (Matthew Broderick). Heís an accountant who wants to be a Broadway Producer. In reviewing Maxís financials, Leo realizes that if Max were to put on a huge flop, Max could actually make a ton of cash. In sharing this news with Max, well, Max, ever looking for a way to make a buck, knows that he needs Leoís help in order to pull this off. Leo is reluctant at first, but then realizes that being a producer of a flop is much more rewarding than his job as an accountant, so Leo is in. Now itís time to find a crap screenplay. That screenplay Ė "Springtime for Hitler."

So now Max and Leo are out to secure the rights to the play from the writer, who happens to be a weird bird lover named Franz (Will Ferrell). After pledging their allegiance to being nice to the history of Hitler, Max and Leo now own the screenplay, and now itís off to find the worst director on Broadway, and they find him in Gary (Roger De Bris). Finally all of the pieces are in place, "Springtime for Hitler" opens, and yup, itís a huge hit, much to the dismay of Max and Leo. Franz is pissed that Hitler is made fun of, Leo and Max are in trouble, and in between all of these scenes there is much singing and dancing.

This is where I had my trouble with the film, mostly with the singing and dancing, because, except for the musical portion of "Springtime for Hitler," it just doesnít work on the big screen. I can see it working in the theater, but not on film, and for me itís simply because of one thing Ė every time they were singing it just looked like they were lip-synching to the music. I also thought the movie looked too much like a taping of the Broadway musical rather than being a movie. I suppose this is hard to explain, but I guess the easiest way to put it is to take the initial scene with Max and Leo in Maxís office. The movie just had the feel that they set up a camera in the middle of the theater audience, pointed it at the stage, and let the scene roll.

I will admit that there were some scenes that I just busted a gut, but damn, that singing and dancing just kept getting in the way for me. The real winner in this film was Uma Thurman as Ulla. She had a different role than the original Ulla in the original film, but it really worked for her character and she was also smoking hot.

I see the singing and dancing working as a Broadway musical, but really, for me, it did nothing for me in the new version, when actually the movie worked better without it. In fact, the original movie was around an hour and a half, which was great, but this new version clocked in over two hours, and it felt like it. They did stick to many of the original jokes that worked in the original, and even added some nods to other Mel Brooksí films, but damn, Iím going to say it again, it was the singing and dancing that ruined it for me. Itís 2 Ĺ stars out of 5 for the latest screen version of "The Producers."

Thatís it for this one! Iím The Dude on the Right!! L8R!!!

 

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