Nothing to Lose Reviews
While hopelessly dated in appearance, this movie made me laugh out loud a couple of times, which is something I can't say for a lot of 'comedies' these days.
The movie tells the story of Nick (Robbins), a guy who finds his wife in bed with his boss. Instead of acting on it, he leaves. On his car ride out of the city he gets carjacked by T. Paul (Lawrence), but turns the tables on his robber and drives him on a wild ride to Arizona.
Robbins plays with understated depression, Lawrence with over-the-top bravado. After some experiences, the two start to take a liking to each other and end up masterminding a plan to rob Nick's boss. Meanwhile two local petty criminals chase the duo for invading their territory.
So there's a lot going on and I'm not going to spoil the ending here. Most of it is good, not great, but there are some really hilarious moments both in acting and in dialogue. Lawrence's delivery and timing on several of them is classic.
Despite some diversion in the form of a visit to T. Paul's family and a handful of scenes involving Nick and the flower girl from his building, the whole thing stays sufficiently on track.
Of course this movie also tries to do some stuff it shouldn't, like make a half-assed attempt at portraying corporate white America's inherent racism. This isn't the vehicle for that.
But since this movie doesn't take itself TOO seriously as a whole and there's plenty of clues dropped throughout the story, it turned out to be a pretty good time.
Pros: genuinely funny
Cons: dated, goes off the tracks a couple times
Verdict: a good time!