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Robin Hood: Men in Tights (1993)

Hollywood frequently has competing projects vying for monopoly on myth. Deep Impact vs Armageddon, Dante’s Peak vs Volcano, etc. In 1990/91: Patrick Bergin was Robin Hood and then soon after Kevin Costner went one better in Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves. Brooks then gave us Robin Hood: Men in Tights.

Not a laugh a second but entertaining. Memorable musical numbers might hang around your head, even if the ‘laughs’ simply won’t. Functions as a spoof of Hollywood’s tendency to mass produce multiple takes on mythology with miscast personnel. ‘I can speak with an English accent’, declares Elwes’ Robin: a dig at Costner’s American accented take on the part (to be fair, Costner did *want* to play it English).

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