30 Years to Life (2002)




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A handful of close friends, due to turn 30, discover that their dreams for the future are running headfirst into the realities of adulthood in this character-driven comedy-drama. Natalie (Melissa De Sousa) is a banker who is happy with her job, but is tired of being single, and her pursuit of a husband is taking her down several blind alleys in the world of dating. Joy (Erika Alexander) has developed a similar desire to settle down and get married, but while she has a long-term boyfriend, Leland (T.E. Russell), he isn't so sure he wants to make a lifetime commitment. Troy (Tracy Morgan) is a comic who has been on the verge of a career breakthrough for years, but he's started to wonder if his big break is ever going to arrive. Maleek (Allen Payne) is a white-collar executive who thinks life is passing him by, and is pondering giving up a stable career to start over as a male model. And Stephanie (Paula Jai Parker) is comfortable with her job in real estate, but she's not so comfortable with herself as she struggles with a weight problem she's had since childhood. 30 Years for Life marked the directorial debut for Vanessa Middleton, who previously distinguished herself as a television writer for such series as Cosby and Hangin' With Mr. Cooper.
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Allen Payne
as Maleek
Paula Jai Parker
as Stephanie
T.E. Russell
as Leland
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Critic Reviews for 30 Years to Life

All Critics (9) | Top Critics (3)

Too many exchanges are sitcom-smooth.

May 8, 2003
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Top Critic

Middleton ... has assembled a clique of familiar, broadly drawn characters, but her film manages to rise above sitcom status, thanks to their sassy repartee.

April 5, 2002
New York Post
Top Critic

A light, engaging, well-carpentered film, with a quick wit and a sense of character just deep enough to lend some weight to the laugh lines.

April 4, 2002
New York Times
Top Critic

Sitcom-ish but lively and amusing ensemble comedy that treats its intelligent, emotionally conflicted characters with respect...

May 15, 2003
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

Don't let the title fool you into dismissing this as another Steven Seagal action snooze.

May 13, 2003
Creative Loafing

The acting can be subtle (Payne) or broad (Alexander), laid-back (Morgan) or laid on thick (De Sousa). Yet these performance variations matter less than the honesty of the situations.

Full Review… | May 9, 2003
Charlotte Observer

Audience Reviews for 30 Years to Life


77% "Lying is here for protection, man. Condoms, lying and marijuana, that's why God put all that here. Protect the mind, body and soul. Believe that."-Troy (Tracy Morgan)

FilmGrinder Stone
FilmGrinder Stone

surprisingly good character study of 30 something urban life, I even liked Tracy Morgan in this picture and thats saying a lot

Victor Carter
Victor Carter

Not horrible or anything, but amateurish and comes off more like a television series with episodes strung together. No one poorly acts but no one stands out.

James Higgins
James Higgins

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