Life

1999, Comedy/Drama, 1h 48m

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Entertaining if not over-the-top humor from a solid comic duo provides plenty of laughs. Read critic reviews

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During Prohibition, loudmouth Harlem grifter Ray (Eddie Murphy) and the no-nonsense Claude (Martin Lawrence) team up on a bootlegging mission to Mississippi that could bring them big bucks. But they run into trouble when a crooked lawman hits them with a phony murder charge. Ray and Claude are given life sentences and shipped off to jail, where they must think of a way to prove their innocence and avoid the brutal guards while battling their biggest enemies -- their opposing personalities.

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  • Jun 11, 2017
    The film is difficult to hone in as a comedy or drama. Despite its obvious flaws Life still is tightly held by the dynamic performances and chemistry of Eddie Murphy and Martin Lawrence. 3.5/5
    Eugene B Super Reviewer
  • Jan 12, 2017
    If you go to the movies to be entertained, it doesn't get much better than this. It certainly is no serious take on a subject that would be all-too serious elsewhere, but the double entendre of the title belies the reason, besides all the talent present, why this film works so well. While on the surface, Claude and Ray are sentenced to life in prison for a crime they didn't commit, the real story here is about life-the ups and downs, the choices you make, and the friends you sometimes can't stand but ultimately depend upon along the way. Both Eddie Murphy and Martin Lawrence became known for, along with being very funny, the characters they create. Murphy with the Nutty Professor characters, demonstrates serious acting ability while creating laughs. They don't do that so much here, but these guys age from mid-20s to 90s convincingly. Their love-hate "old married couple" bickering will leave you in stitches. The rest of the cast is as underappreciated as this movie is in general. They're hilarious and memorable. I've been repeating Bernie Mac's lines and the "cornbread" scene for years. Casting R. Lee Ermey as the racist bad guy was genius too. Watch this movie please, and if you've seen it watch it again. I was prompted to write this review having just seen it uncut for the first time. While the edited version delivers the plot well enough, you'll laugh along with the theatrical version much more. They're "keepin it real!"
    Clintus M Super Reviewer
  • Oct 01, 2011
    Life is a much under rated comedy film. Something you wouldn't really expect from murphy and lawrence is a film as depressing as this is. Its well acted and it's entertaning therefore it's not getting the credit it deserves.
    Directors C Super Reviewer
  • Sep 27, 2010
    It wasn't especially funny, or dramatic, and the entire angle on becoming the next Shawshank Redemption fell through entirely. The very poster is trying to convey that this will be another Nutty Professor, a laugh riot based on the humor that defined the 90's, but this film is a stale substitute for the real thing. Quite disappointing.
    Spencer S Super Reviewer

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