The Producers – December 16

    Can the Mel Brooks’ classic that was turned into a Broadway phenomenon that earned rave reviews, 12 Tony awards and sold-out shows garner the same kudos in the form of a movie musical? With the return of the original Broadway stars Matthew Broderick and Nathan Lane, a likely-to-be-amusing screenplay by Brooks and Thomas Meehan, and the director of the stage production Susan Stroman behind the camera, the film has a shot at becoming the next “Chicago” — well, a funnier and significantly sillier version (after all, Will Ferrell is involved). On the other hand, Lane has a penchant for hamming it up in a way that is a bit too excessive for the small screen; Ferrell implements the same hackneyed tactics to create only one type of doofus; and Uma Thurman, though a skillful actress, is a virtual unknown when it comes to musical theater. But, considering that the original 1968 version is a good film, will another remake have anything new to offer?

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