The Producers (2005)



Long, too-faithful film of stage musical.
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  • Review Date: May 15, 2006
  • Rated: PG-13
  • Genre: Musical
  • Release Year: 2005
  • Running Time: 134 minutes

What parents need to know

Positive messages

The producers scam wealthy women to put up their show. Also the movie satirizes the Nazis and the protagonists are crooks.


Minor roughhousing, jokes about Nazis.


Bawdy sex jokes, including references to virginity, bosoms/bottoms, showgirls, elderly women exchanging money for sex.


Satiric jokes regarding gay men, Nazis.


Visual references to some brands (White Rock) and NYC landmark, Sardis.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Cigar smoking/chewing.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this film includes broad physical and what might be termed "vaudevillian" humor: ethnic, gay, and sex jokes, with language that might need explanation for younger viewers ("I shall take your virginity!" "You had to schtupp every little old lady in New York..."). The film also makes fun of a neurotic man's blanket fixation, Nazis/Hitler, prison, accountants, and actors ("Kill all ze actors!"). Since the movie is a satire, only kids old enough to recognize the movie's tongue in cheek references should see it.

What's the story?

THE PRODUCERS begins and ends with an odd couple, cynical Broadway producer/old ladies lothario Max Bialystock (Nathan Lane) and accountant/aspiring producer Leo Bloom (Matthew Broderick) in conjuring a surefire plan for profits: they will produce the worst show ever, collect lots of financing, and close it opening night. Written by and starring Franz Liebkind (Will Ferrell), \"Springtime for Hitler\" means to set the record straight on Der Führer. Or maybe not quite. When Liebkind breaks a leg on opening night, flaming director Roger De Bris (Gary Beach) steps in, and the show's a stupendous hit and the producers are ruined.

Is it any good?


Broad and blustery, the film version of Mel Brooks' musical, (not to be confused with the non-musical film on which the musical is based) is too long and too strained to be much fun. It's a big fat sardonic musical which demands grandeur, gaucheness, and above all, giddy delights. Director/choreographer Susan Stroman's Producers delivers these elements in seeming bulk, with gigantic gestures and broad blocking left over from the stage production.

The most romantic moment in the film is Leo's testimony at Max's trial. This love ballad reveals Broderick's lovely voice and sets the ground for the closing scene in prison. Here the boys are putting on another scam show, now having found their ideal milieu, not to mention a captive audience with terrible taste in set design. It's almost too bad that they are pardoned, for bringing "joy and laughter into the hearts of every murderer, rapist, and sex maniac in Sing Sing." That's something.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the nature of satire. How does the movie make humor out of crooks, Nazis and sex with old ladies? How can it get away with jokes based on homosexual and heterosexual stereotyping?

Movie details

Theatrical release date:December 16, 2005
DVD release date:May 16, 2006
Cast:Matthew Broderick, Nathan Lane, Uma Thurman
Director:Susan Stroman
Studio:Universal Pictures
Run time:134 minutes
MPAA rating:PG-13
MPAA explanation:sexual humor and references.

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Teen, 13 years old Written byRoosterman May 28, 2013

Keep It Gay!

This was definitely the funniest musical I have ever seen in my entire life. Just as funny as the original 1968 film! Probably funnier! But still, both are extremely hilarious! It's silly, twisted and completely random! Sure, there are a few references to sex and other bawdy references but hey it's a musical so it makes the sex jokes seem less concering (to me). I was completely fine with all the dirty jokes in the film and could sit through it all without any worry whatsoever! There are many references to Hitler and Nazis and one character, Ulla, dresses up in a tad bit revealing dress. Two other characters, Carmen Ghia and Roger DeBris are flamboyantly gay partners but they never do anything intense like kissing or touching, but just calling eachother "Darling" and acting really flamboyant, but it's nothing too concerning. And if we've learnt anything from those two, it's to "Keep It Gay!". (They mean gay as in "happy", just so you know). To me, the funniest character in the film is Neo-nazi, Franz Liebkind. He'll keep the viewers laughing, for sure. He is the best character in my opinion, because he does not reference sex or anything else bawdy or dirty, he is just completely crazy and there to keep people laughing. There is one scene near the end where he goes crazy and tries to kill people with a gun, but the bullets miss everyone. There is one attempted suicide by him, but he fails after being unable to get the bullet out of his gun. Overall this is a funny movie, that could possibly (if not definitely) keep everyone laughing their heads off! This is Mel Brooks for ya, and probably one of his best works!
What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Kid, 12 years old December 13, 2010

Really Funny Musical

Title speaks for itself.
What other families should know
Too much sex
Adult Written byMom_and_Son February 10, 2009

Mel Brooks on Broadway!!!

My best friend bought me this movie for my birthday and I'm glad that he did. It's funny and just a spectacular phenomenon. Probably one of the best movie-musicals ever made. Some references to sex, gay characters, and brief language but it's Mel Brooks so don't act suprised! Could have gotten away with a PG rating but still perverted in a Mel Brooks way.


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