The Pollyanna response to The Producers, a rare movie that‚s based on a musical that‚s based on a movie, is that it allows anyone who hasn‚t been to Broadway or Chicago in the last few years to not only see what all the fuss is about, but see it with its original leading men (Matthew Broderick and Nathan Lane as accountant Leo Bloom and producer Max Bialystock, respectively) in place. A more cynical response damns this as nothing more than a cash grab. As it happens, both sides have a point.

The Producers succeeds in delivering the musical to the masses, but it does so with hammy, often acutely obnoxious results. Broderick, Lane and their new supporting players (Will Ferrell, Uma Thurman, Gary Beach) scream at the viewer in a manner that works on stage but terrifies, grates and annoys on screen. Its worth seeing to quench a curiosity, perhaps, but its no match for the original movie, which is already readily available on DVD.

Extras: Director commentary, deleted scenes/musical numbers, outtakes, behind-the-scenes feature.

Grade: B