We all know the stories about Robin Hood, the legendary bandit who robbed the rich and gave to the poor. This film takes those familiar tales, from film adaptation to the original tales, stirs them around, mixes them with pop culture references, and adds a dash of Mel Brooks’ trademark irreverent silliness. Nothing is safe from zaniness or fourth wall breaks.
The story opens when Robin of Loxley is captured during the Crusades, imprisoned in Jerusalem. With the aid of fellow prisoner Asneeze, Robin is able to escape. When Robin announces that he’s returning to England, Asneeze asks him to keep an eye on his son, Ahchoo.
Upon finding Ahchoo, Robin realizes that things have changed in his absence. Loxley Hall, his family home, has been repossessed by Prince John’s men, his pets have died, and his family has been killed.
Together, Ahchoo, Robin, and Robin’s blind servant Blinkin begin to amass forces strong enough to take back not just Loxley Hall, but to rescue England from the tyranny of Prince John and the nefarious Sheriff of Rottingham.
With the aid of Little John, Will Scarlet O’Hara, Rabbi Tuckman, and the Merry Men (in tights), Robin begins to fight back. This leads to some embarrassment for both Prince John and the Sheriff.
Charged by Prince John with the task of stopping Robin from leading the entire peasantry in an uprising, the Sheriff of Rottingham concocts a devilish plot to trap Robin.
This movie has a little of everything: romance, action, musical numbers, and of course, comedy.
Intentionally packed with anachronisms, Robin Hood: Men in Tights uses crass, irreverent, and silly humor to spoof various retellings of the hero of Sherwood Forest. It might not be everyone’s cup of tea, nor is it always child-appropriate (it’s rated PG-13), but it’s a great film to watch with friends for a night of laughs.