Things worth noting:
The IMDB trivia notes:
"This is a movie based on a play based on a movie about a play." Heh.
Holy cats, it's long. One hundred and thirty-freakin-four minutes.
Lots of funny stuff, but they could have cut
out a good 30 minutes without losing any of it. (The original
Producers clocked in at 88 minutes.)
Nathan Lane is great, of course, but I kept thinking: if only
the young Groucho Marx could somehow be brought back … he would
have been beyond perfect in the role of Max Bialystock. Maybe in 20
years some kid will be able to do that on his desktop on a whim: sample
Groucho's image, voice, and mannerisms from the Marx Brothers digital archive,
and just plug him into Nathan Lane's part here.
Or maybe that could happen next week. What do I know? What I do know is, I'd like to see it.
Uma Thurman remains very easy on the eyes, and is pretty funny to boot.
Ernie Sabella turns up in a deleted scene; as noted by
the IMDB trivia (again), this is a
reunion for Simba, Timon and Pumbaa from The Lion King. Very
The DVD outtakes are marred by (I approximate) 536 scenes where Matthew
Broderick and Nathan Lane are giggling at each other. They could
have cut that down a bit.
Stay to the end of the credits to see Mel.