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The PRODUCERS

A shady Broadway producer and his nerdy accountant concoct a scheme to overfinance a huge flop and pocket the excess budget, but the show unexpectedly becomes a smash.

Language: English
Subtitle: NA
Classification: PG
Release Date: 6 Apr 2006
Genre: Comedy / Musical
Running Time: 2 Hours 14 Minutes
Distributor: SONY PICTURES RELEASING INTERNATIONAL
Cast: Uma Thurman
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Format: NA

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Writer: Nurliana Kamaruddin

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Watch this if you liked: "Chicago", the original "The Producers"

A remake of the 1968 movie of the same title, this hilarious satirical comedy will have you rolling in the aisle with some most memorable scenes by Nathan Lane, Matthew Broderick and Uma Thurman. It pokes fun at just about everything - Hitler, World War Two, accountants, hot Swedish woman, gay men and even obsessive compulsive behaviour. This is NOT to be watched if you are easily offended. For those who can't give a toss, settle down to laugh your head off.

Accountant Leo Bloom (Matthew Broderick) has a secret dream, and that is to be a Broadway producer and have his name up in lights. Problem is, Bloom is what some people would call 'spineless' and does not have the guts to make his dream come true, but is instead trapped in his daily grind of being an accountant (while singing 'unhappy - unhappy' in unison with his other colleagues). That is, until he meets the down and out-of-his-luck producer, Max Bialystock.

While doing up Bialystock's accounts, Bloom makes an innocent remark about how a producer might actually be able to make more money by producing a flop than a hit. Inspired, Bialystock immediately ropes Bloom in to help him produce the biggest flop in history. Together, they set forth to find the worst script, the worst director and the worst actors any producer can find to put together their big flop.

The most un-politically correct musical to be had, it's also a surprising blend of witty songs and at some moments, rather dazzling dances. When it's not that though, it's a pot of laugh-out-loud comedy, completely unabashed about making a fool of itself. Loud, sometimes indeterminably rude and completely raucous, "The Producers" isn't exactly award-winning material, but it sure is a lot of fun.

The failing point of "The Producers" is that the movie was mostly captured in a wide set angle, much like you're viewing a stage play rather then a feature film. It creates unneeded distance between the audience and the characters of the movie, leaving them more as funny caricatures of characters rather then individuals that you would want to get to know and root for.

Still, this film IS funny in more ways than one and Matthew Broderick as the childish accountant was adorable. Roger Bart and Gary Beach as the gay stage production team were absolutely hilarious and completely stole the second half of the show. This Broadway duo had a whole lot of pizzazz that the rest of the cast seemed to lack.

"The Producers" is a perfect watch for those moments when you wish to switch off your brains and have a roaring good time.

Cinema Online, 23 September 2008
   
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Effective 15 July 2011
G - Suitable for all ages
PG - Suitable for all ages, but parents should provide guidance to their young
PG13 - Suitable for persons aged 13 and above, but parental guidance is advised for children below 13
NC16 - Suitable for persons aged 16 years and above
M18 - Suitable for persons aged 18 years and above
R21 - Restricted to persons aged 21 and above only
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