The latest of Mel Brooks' parody films, ROBIN HOOD: MEN IN TIGHTS spoofs the Robin Hood legend in wake of the 1991 hit film ROBIN HOOD: PRINCE OF THIEVES starring Kevin Costner. The familiar story begins with Robin (Cary Elwes) returning from the Crusades to find his beloved King Richard usurped by the evil King John (Richard Lewis) and his henchman, the Sheriff of Rottingham (Roger Rees). After Robin shows up the Sheriff in a fight, the villain vows revenge, and he and the King plot to do away with Robin. In the years since Brooks' best work, Zucker-Abrahams-Zucker and the National Lampoon folks have horned in on his movie-parody territory with faster-paced films, which, if lacking the imagination of many of his classics, at least offer more gags per minute. Although sporadically funny and not quite the disaster it was initially made out to be, this ROBIN HOOD robs gags from other films while giving the poor viewer far too few laughs.