My Favorite Movies - "R" is for Robin Hood: Men in Tights
"The legend had it coming ... Find out where Robin Hood put his Little John, what made Will Scarlet, and what did Friar Tuck into his tights that Maid Marian all of a quiver?"
I know lately I've been starting with a quote, but the tagline for the movie is so fabulous, I had to use it! This movie has been a family favorite for years. My sister and I quote this movie often and even though it's been years since we've watched it (at least for me), we can still quote it pretty well. I heard it's on Netflix right now, so I think I'll be adding it to my weekend activities!
This movie is basically a spoof on Robin Hood (in general) and specifically Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves. There's a moment in the movie when Robin Hood (played by the wonderful Cary Elwes) says: "Because, unlike some other Robin Hoods, I can speak with an English accent." That quote is referring to Kevin Costner, who played Robin Hood in Prince of Thieves, he tried the English accent at the beginning of the movie, but not too far into it, he abandoned his efforts and stuck to an American accent for the rest of the movie.
There are many characters in this movie and they all make it great. From Little John to Will Scarlet to Maid Marian and even King John is a trip! Some new characters added to the spoof story: Achoo, Blinkin, Latrine (played by Tracey Ullman!), and Rabbi Tuckman (played by Mel Brooks, himself!).
If you like spoofs, if you like Mel Brooks, if you like Robin Hood - this is the movie for you!