Brief summary: The Producers is an absolutely twisted and largely politically-incorrect musical, written and produced by Mel Brooks, originally in the 60s. This 2005 remake with Nathan Lane, Matthew Broderick, Uma Thurman and Will Farrell is the tits, man. Seriously.
I was first told about this musical/movie from a student of mine, Jack. We’re both movie and book fanatics and often get sidetracked during our lessons, raving about movies or books that we always recommend to the other. I had no idea what to expect, until one day I watched it on Netflix streaming.
It blew me away. It is hilarious, raw, ridiculous, and plain offensive (at least to the closed-minded populous).
Basically, to make a long story short…. Max Bialystock (Nathan Lane) is a failed Broadway producer who owes a lot of money to the IRS due to his many previous musical failures. Matthew Broderick plays Max’s squirly, neurotic accountant. They both have an idea to make the worst musical ever, in order to get a major tax break. They go through a bunch of scripts and find a musical written by a Hitler-loving German (Will Farrell), called “Springtime For Hitler.” Oh yes. I’m serious!
What follows is their journey to produce this musical, as seriously (and as offensively) as they can, in hopes that the musical will fail miserably, so they can get paid and avoid imprisonment. The plot is ridiculous, but it is hilarious at the same time. When you have a cast like this, with a plot SO well-written, and intelligent….. AND with songs SO perfect, including “Springtime for Hitler“, and the scene-stealer “Keep It Gay!“, it’s hard to imagine a more perfect (and unique) musical. You might hate musicals, but this is so worth your time, believe me.
Ah, the pure genius of Mel Brooks!!!!