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YMMV / Robin Hood: Men in Tights

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  • Alternative Character Interpretation: Was the Sheriff all that bad? Was Robin Hood such a hero? Robin can seem like a real Good Is Not Nice hero several times through the movie, while the Sheriff is something of a Punch-Clock Villain just doing his job - at least until he tries to rape Maid Marian at the end.
  • Angst? What Angst?: Robin returns from the Crusades to find a tyrant on the throne, his family dead, and his home repossessed. He suffers a moment of anguish and then heads off to his new life of adventure.
  • Big-Lipped Alligator Moment
    • The Home Alone parody bit (with the kid running around and shouting) does not withstand the test of time and just comes off as odd now. Although for some, this left-field oddness makes the scene even funnier. If nothing else, the boy who plays the Young Lad is fantastic.
    • For no reason more than slightly-extra silliness, the 12th Century Fox runs off with a message tied around its neck to the sound of... a dolphin call? Possibly a Shout-Out to Flipper?
  • Crosses the Line Twice: Robin learning his entire family has died while he was away goes from tragic to hilarious with his cat and goldfish pulling a Mutual Kill.
  • Ear Worm:
    • Rottingham's "theme": Da daaaaaaaaaaaaah, dadadadadadaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah, dadadadadada-da-da, dada-da-DAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH!
    • The "Men In Tights" song.
  • Funny Moments:
    • As Robin swims the channel from Jerusalem back to England, the orchestra plays an epic version of... "Row, Row, Row Your Boat."
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    • The musical switchups during Robin and Little John's staff fight. It gets faster and sillier the shorter their staffs get, then finally turns into a chirpy, cartoonish ditty when they're reduced to smacking each other's knuckles with sticks.
    • And of course, "We're men! We're men in tights!"
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • This was Dave Chappelle's first film. Who would have guessed he would later make a successful and over-referenced gag out of a guy named Lil Jon?
    • Will Scarlett O'Hara is played by Matthew Porreta, who played Robin Hood later on in a TV series. note  They replaced him in the role long before it was discontinued.
    • A minor one, but the Italian assassin who Don Giovanni dispatches to kill Robin? His name is "Dirty Ezio."
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    • Cary Elwes makes fun of Kevin Costner's terrible British accent in this film. Later, Elwes famously attempted an American accent in Saw and failed spectacularly (oddly enough, his fake American accent in Hot Shots! and Liar Liar are believable).
  • Ho Yay: Prince John and the Sheriff of Rottingham, in spades.
  • One-Scene Wonder:
    • Patrick Stewart as Richard the Lionhearted.
    • Rabbi Tuckman, who is one of the most iconic characters of the movie despite appearing in only two scenes.
    • Don Giovanni, who's only seen once, yet leaves a likewise memorable impression as the Sheriff's trusted cohort.
    • The Young Lad. Though his scene is a cheap Home Alone gag, the young actor's over-the-top performance makes it one of the funniest scenes in the movie.
  • Padding: The stealth catapult scene has no bearing on the plot and feels more like a random skit dropped into the middle of the movie. Other scenes which do advance the plot, such as Robin first meeting Little John and Maid Marian visiting the Merry Men's campsite, are all paced rather slowly, killing a lot of the comedic momentum. Even the Don Giovani scene just seems to be here so Mel Brooks can do a Godfather parody.
  • So Okay, It's Average: Generally considered one of Mel Brooks' weakest films and the penultimate sign that his prolific film career was coming to an end. But a weak Mel Brooks movie is still a Mel Brooks movie.
  • Special Effects Failure:
    • Blinkin runs into what is obviously a fake tree at one point. Then again, given that this is a Mel Brooks parody movie, this may very well have been intentional.
    • When the Sheriff gives his "you really piss me off" line while upside-down on his horse, it's rather obvious the horse is an animatronic stand-in.
  • Ugly Cute: Latrine.


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