Victim: Robin Hood – Men in Tights
But nothing screams “Brooks has lost his edge!” than the JFK joke. At one point a bad guy is taking aim at Robin with a crossbow from the window of a tower labeled “Ye Olde Booke Depository.” Even after nearly 50 years, this was appalling. Too soon, Mel, too soon.
Huh. I saw this movie when it came out twenty years ago and I’ve watched it hundreds of times since and I never caught that joke before. That’s pretty damned funny.
As for the meat of our intrepid reviewer’s argument: I would argue that the very fact that he’s so up in arms over a joke about an assassination that was nearly fifty years removed when he wrote the review is proof enough that Mel Brooks still had some edge left when he made Men in Tights. Enough edge to reach twenty years in the future and get our intrepid reviewer’s panties in a twist.