Life (1999)



Critic Consensus: Entertaining if not over-the-top humor from a solid comic duo provides plenty of laughs.

Movie Info

In this film, bootleggers Ray Gibson and Claude Banks are arrested by a sheriff in Mississippi and framed for murder. Soon the two men are inmates in a Southern work camp, where they spend the next 55 years learning to get along with the other inmates.

Rating: R (for strong language and a shooting)
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Robert Ramsey, Matthew Stone
In Theaters:
On DVD: Oct 19, 1999
Universal Pictures - Official Site


as Ray Gibson, Rayford ...

as Claude Banks

as Dexter Wilkins

as Willie Long

as Jangle Leg

as Can't Get Right

as Hoppin' Bob

as Radio

as Superintendant Abern...

as Winston Hancock

as Older Mae Rose

as Sgt. Dillard

as Stan Blocker

as Spanky

as Jake

as Young Sherriff Pike

as Older Sherriff Pike

as Young Mae Rose

as Billy's Mama

as Nurse Doherty

as Bathroom Attendant

as Blind Reverend Clay

as Mrs. Clay

as Juke Bartender

as Deputy at Mansion

as Man with Lantern

as Juke Joint Waitress

as Shady Cardplayer

as Shady Cardplayer

as Fireman

as Superindent Burke

as Man in Prison

as Trustee at Line

as Trustee at Line

as Goldmouth's Son

as Fire Inspector

as Mrs. Dillard

as Sylvia's Girl

as Sylvia's Girl

as Prison Guard

as Captain Tom Burnette

as Gang Banger

as Gang Banger

as Juke Joint Guitarist

as Funeral Chaplain

as Cocktail Waitress

as Mrs. Abernathy

as Disgruntled Fan

as Club Crooner

as Barkeep

as Dennis Scott

as James Dean
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Critic Reviews for Life

All Critics (77) | Top Critics (23)

This prison dramedy's muddled, episodic script seems to have gone on a hunger strike for humor!

January 1, 2000
New York Post
Top Critic

Life desperately wants to let Murphy and Lawrence be actors, but it can't imagine them as anything more than rowdy showmen.

January 1, 2000
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

Life plays more like This Is Your Life for Eddie Murphy, cobbling together elements from his earlier, funnier movies.

January 1, 2000
Top Critic

Ribald, funny and sometimes sweet, and well acted by Murphy, Lawrence and a strong supporting cast.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

Funny, sad, conventional, unpredictable -- just like the real thing!

January 1, 2000
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

Life is a surprise that not only avoids typical trappings, but throws in a tinge of the bittersweet as well.

Full Review… | April 25, 2009
Combustible Celluloid

Audience Reviews for Life

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 Cat
Directors Cat

Super Reviewer

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


I really like this film. Martin Lawrence is such a moody little shit though, does he ever smile?

Anthony Lawrie

Super Reviewer

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