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What's the story?
A spoof on Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves and other Robin Hood films, Mel Brooks' slapstick ROBIN HOOD: MEN IN TIGHTS is chock full of Brooks' emblematic humor. Robin, played by Cary Elwes (The Princess Bride), returns from Africa only to discover that his ancestral home has been confiscated for failure to pay taxes. He vows to fight the corrupt king and help the poor using his merry band of men. Eventually, Robin meets Maid Marian (Amy Yasbeck) and the two fall in love. The rest you probably already know.
Is it any good?
While there is nothing new or particularly innovative about this Brooks film, Robin Hood: Men in Tights is still entertaining. The traditional Robin Hood theme is all but lost in the slapstick gimmicks and sexual innuendo, but if you like screwball comedies or spoofs, you might enjoy this one.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the original story of Robin Hood stealing from the rich and giving to the poor. They could discuss women's place in society during medieval times, including the practice of forcing women to wear chastity belts. Finally, families could talk about the film's stereotyping of African-Americans, particularly noticeable in the opening song and dance routine. What were the filmmaker's intentions by including these scenes in the movie? Parents might want to discuss how older films portrayed black characters without irony, for example, The Jazz Singer.
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