Rated: PG-13 Reviewed by: Frank Release date: July 28, 1993 Released by: Twentieth Century Fox
The real Mel Brooks is back almost as good as he was in Blazing Saddles and Young Frankenstein.
Robin of Loxley (Cary Elwes) who even looks like Errol Flynn, escapes from a middle east prison and returns to England to find a corrupt PrinceJohn (Richard Lewis) draining the people with the help of the Sheriff of Rottingham (Roger Rees). They are also holding Maid Marian (Amy Yasbeck - Problem Child) using an "Everlast" chastity belt and forcing her to marry Rottingham.
With his merry men, Robin foils the bad guys and protects the crown for good King Richard played by Patrick Stewart (Star Trek: The Next Generation).
What makes this film work is not the familiar story line but the Brookism's which are liberally filtered throughout the film. Brooks plays a Rabbi who sells circumcisions "half off." An abbot member of the clergy is referred to as "Hey, Abbot." A number of comical song and dance numbers appear. One by the Sherwood Forest Rapper-Dancer, "Men in Tights" sung and danced by the merry men, and "The Night is Young and You're So Beautiful" sung by Robin to Marian as his men watch the young lovers from behind a lit screen. There are electric remote moat openers, a black merry man named Ahchoo (Dave Chappelle) whose father's name is Asneeze.
All of this provides laughs, giggles and a well thought out irreverent look at men in pantyhose.
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