A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (1966) - Comedy, Musical

Hohum Score

16

Watchable

A wily slave must unite a virgin courtesan and his young smitten master to earn his freedom.

IMDB: 6.9
Director: Richard Lester
Stars: Zero Mostel, Phil Silvers
Length: 99 Minutes
PG Rating: N/A
Reviews: 11 out of 74 found boring (14.86%)

One-line Reviews (32)

Moderately entertaining musical comedy .

Quite likely the funniest, most enjoyable movie ever made.

This blighted burlesque is a tedious mess.

And as for the story, it was pretty interesting, though after a while I felt pretty weary from the fast pace and the film actually got a bit tiresome--like it just ran out of steam.

While Sondheim's musical numbers seem scarce (the majority of the Broadway show's numbers are noticeably excluded cut from the film) and lacking in the energetic zest which would bring them to life with the same engaging spark as a live show or other efforts in the genre, the few tunes prove sufficiently catchy and executed with enough endearing charm to make up for their somewhat lacklustre quality.

It gets quite predictable after a while: you get some random detour and you can imagine how it is going to end up.

On the one hand you have on paper one of the fastest, funniest comedies in the world, with some of the era's finest comedic actors delivering killer performances and Stephen Sondheim contributing some rousing songs.

But the film, while not a great classic, is undoubtedly entertaining, and fans of the Classics or of things Roman will have fun seeing how the Plautine background is used.

It's boring, its feeling of length belies its running time, and it's JUST NOT INTERESTING!

However, few will be bored.

What I can see is only a collage of vibrant colors surrounding slapsticks that are rather on the banal side (the final chariot chase, for instance) --- no complexity or even cleverness.

He wastes time on a pointless chariot chase and scenes in a temple and coliseum, and leaves off a terrific Richard Williams titles sequence for the end instead of the beginning, where it would have been more effective.

Zany, energetic and consistently entertaining comic musical .

Done poorly, it's a bore.

This movie, I hate to say, is a waste of time.

Reprising his starring role from the Broadway production, Zero Mostel is nothing less than a scream as cunning slave Pseudolus, a bundle of comedic energy and hysterical mannerisms whose mere presence lights up the screen and makes the movie immediately more enjoyable.

Kind of funny, but after a while it also gets a bit tiresome .

For that reason alone A FUNNY THING HAPPENED is worth watching and enjoying.

This story of a slave (Zero Mostel) having to help arrange a romance between two people is worth watching just for the chase scene at the end.

" Now, Back To Rome, for a Quick Wedding and Some Slow Executions " .

This movie is fabulously entertaining.

Hilarity is everywhere as general confusion and outrageous slapstick are combined to give the audience a flavor of true historical comedy.

So, it's worth catching on a slow night.

Boasting a priceless cast, a catchy score, and frenetic direction, Richard Lester's film adaptation of "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum" is solidly entertaining and should not be judged for what could have been.

But the movie dragged on anyway, and when I'd finished, I couldn't believe it had only been an hour and a half long.

Andthe fabulously entertaining climactic chariot race.

*Emotion- An enjoyable and funny film with some recognizable and 'catchy' music tunes.

Ho-hum.

An enjoyable and funny film .

All in all it's worth having, but be prepared for your mood to shift from seeing the film as a half-full glass or a half-empty one.

My kids aged 10 and 12 really enjoyed it, too.

Zero Mostel, who I normally love, plays his usual self as Pseudolys and Jack Gilford, far from his excellent performance in SAVE THE TIGER, is just ho-hum.