From poking fun at other movies to lampooning Jewish stereotypes himself, Mel Brooks has pulled out all of his old tricks in Robin Hood: Men in Tights. As usual, word play has a major role in this movie -- the Sheriff of Nottingham becomes the stuttering Sheriff of Rottingham (Roger Rees), and Friar Tuck becomes Rabbi Tuckman (Mel Brooks). No aspect of the Kevin Costner vehicle Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves is left unspoofed in Men in Tights, and some jabs are particularly well-aimed -- Cary Elwes' Robin Hood makes sure to point out that he, unlike Costner's Robin Hood, has an English accent. True to form, Brooks made the mistake of relying too heavily on cultural stereotypes to bring laughs. The rapping Merry Men were at first entertaining, but their appeal quickly wears off and fails to disguise the choppy editing. However, while Brooks has the tendency to repeat his past mistakes, his expertise in making fun comes off equally strong in Men in Tights. Cult fans will be happy.
by Tracie Cooper review