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Silent Movie
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by Greg Muskewitz

"Tip top silent film, tip top slapstick!"
5 stars

Silent Movie: Often risible reintroduction circa 1976 of the, as the title states, silent movie.

Mel Brooks is Mel Funn, a once acclaimed director until his drinking problem put a stop to it. He gathers up his crew (Dom DeLuise, Marty Feldman) and set out to save a big studio from being bought out by the Conglomerate, Control & Devour. The idea is laughed at, but agreed upon only if Funn can attract some Big Stars (Burt Reynolds, James Caan, Anne Bancroft, Liza Minelli, Marcel Marceau, Paul Newman). Silent Movie is, naturally, a silent movie, and as much as that may be anti-prolepsis, given the right material, it could work. And work it did, more hilarious than I could have hoped for. What slapstick is funny to whom always varies, and doesn't always have them same effect from one to the next, and since what one person finds funnier than the next, considering my affinity for Silent Movie, the actual response to it will probably be not as high as mine, but still quite funny. Never one for silent films, Silent Movie is a great situated comedy and in addition to that, along with the added cameos, it is a fun peek at a fictional inside-Hollywood. Most of the slapstick works smoothly, while other segments slightly falter (the knight scene, the first meeting with the studio head), but with scenes so constantly topping each other from one to the next, those that are not so funny are requited by those advancing. Cleverly written by Brooks, enjoyably directed, and a genuine treat.

Final Verdict: A.

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1/03/20 Louise (the real one) A great concept and frequently very funny. Lots of slapstick! 4 stars
1/25/14 Taco Town Enjoyable, but not hilarious. DeLuise doesn't add much. 3 stars
10/11/13 Jacob Montgomery Mel Brooks is in top form. It unapologetically makes any joke it wants. Really funny. 4 stars
12/09/12 Joe Smaltz Boooorrrrreing thrilling as a Punch and Judy puppet show. 1 stars
3/18/09 Josie Cotton is a goddess It's not really silent; you will hear your own laughter! 5 stars
11/22/07 fools♫gold You'll laugh hard as hell, even if you think it's "short" afterwards. Not you, though. 5 stars
10/28/03 Fabian a very bad film 1 stars
6/18/03 Andrew Callaway Better than Robin Hood. 4 stars
1/29/03 Pinkline Jones Mel Brooks on the downhill rollercoaster after "Get Smart" 1 stars
1/01/03 Yvonne Taylor Total hilarity and comic genius! 5 stars
11/25/02 Charles Tatum Funny idea that holds together well 5 stars
1/25/02 murat mel finally showed his real skill.Great movie you will laugh everything almost 5 stars
10/28/01 Andrew Carden Mel Brooks Must Have Been Sleeping While Making This. Great Acting Though. 3 stars
8/07/01 Mr. Hat Funny. 3 stars
10/26/00 dr.bernie a great hilarious slapstick comedy 4 stars
10/13/00 Fishsticks Not too bad, incredibly silly. Mel at his best. 4 stars
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  29-Oct-1976 (PG)
  DVD: 04-Apr-2006



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