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Life

Life

1999
Drama
1h 48m
In the mid-1990s, two inmates bury the burned bodies of two lifers at Mississippi's infamous Parchman Farm; a third old-timer relates their story. They'd served 65 years for a murder they didn't commit, framed by a local sheriff while buying moonshine whiskey for a Manhattan club owner to whom they owed money... (imdb)
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Life

1999
Drama
1h 48m
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Rated 25 Nov 2019
70
53rd
If this came out in 2018 it would’ve probably smothered Green Book.
Rated 20 Mar 2007
0
3rd
Eddie Murphy is no longer funny. Martin Lawrence was never funny.
Rated 20 Jun 2010
30
21st
Slow and boring. I really can't stand Martin Lawrence either, the totally unwatchable fuckwit. Saying that this film is strangely compelling, in a perhaps slightly unsettling way. "Unsettling" in the sence of "why am I watching this, and why do I need to know the ending?" It actually has some very pretty scenes too!
Rated 04 May 2008
50
14th
Boring. Not the boring that goes on in 'The Core' or 'Armageddon', err, wait, bad examples, anyway, the one where you have to cut yourself to stay awake, that kind of boring.
Rated 08 Oct 2007
70
61st
Despite some funny moments, if not seen as a comedy, it is good to pass the time.
Rated 04 Dec 2012
83
76th
Great Fun, good buddy story
Rated 06 Jan 2011
70
26th
So someone went and saw Cool Hand Luke and said wouldn't it be cool if we made the same movie, but introduce race into the mix?
Rated 22 May 2011
64
34th
64.250
Rated 06 Oct 2011
40
32nd
Not at all a comedy, but rather a depressing coming-of-age story. The story doesn't quite get there, and it's hard to believe Martin Lawrence's character didn't hold a grudge the whole time.
Rated 12 Feb 2012
31
22nd
The first half was sort of tolerable, but the latter one went down the drain. If you dig the acting flow by Eddie Murphy or Martin Lawrence, you might like it. But guys did not give anything new for the persona they repeated in quite many comedies like this. I was pleased to see Lisa Nicole Carson though.
Rated 16 Jun 2012
40
14th
Bad
Rated 09 Jul 2012
65
30th
One of Eddie's funnier movies :)
Rated 12 Jul 2012
58
6th
Though the make up was excellent the story/script was tedious and horribly cliched. that combined with absolutely unoriginal directing and hardly any attempt at any good acting from the leads make a major disappointment. Too bad, it could have been so good!
Rated 11 Aug 2012
48
25th
Eh, I guess it is alright but it still just shows Muprhy's decline from Beverly Hills Cop. I mean, it isn't as offensively bad as The Nutty Professor but neither is it hilarious fun like Trading Places. The idea of the movie is interesting but the plot is rather dull and nothing much happens; at all. I mean, for a film of this supposed magnitude, it just has no character, nothing to hold on to. At least Bernie Mac does pretty well as Jangle Leg in the early part; of course, he had to go. Urgh.
Rated 19 May 2021
65
25th
This film was recommended to me, and I was surprised that I'd never seen it before, given the massive talent on screen. Having seen it, I appreciated so much about what was going on behind the scenes in terms of visuals...you don't normally get this kind of focus on things like costume, set design, or make up, but all of that was fantastic here. Still isn't a movie I'd car to rewatch any time soon, but I apprciated a lot of what was going on.
Rated 17 Jan 2013
50
49th
Great cast. Two young black men end up in the wrong place at the wrong time and get setup for a murder they didn't commit, then they are sent to prison for life. They try to escape a few times, and fight among themselves in this sometimes hilarious but overall sad story about two very unlucky guys and racial injustice in the 40's. A few funny moments and entertaining situations are mixed into their long hardship together. The ending was a little cheap and too predictable.
Rated 28 Feb 2017
65
57th
Despite starring Eddie Murphy and Martin Lawrence as well as featuring Bernie Mac the film is not much of a comedy. However it fails to really be anything special as a dramatic film, but the movie altogether is fairly entertaining if nothing more than average.
Rated 27 Mar 2017
80
51st
Hilarious movie, would give it a higher ranking, but some parts of this movie are a bit boring, so I knocked off some points.
Rated 28 Oct 2019
50
26th
Begins as a kind of extension of the Harlem Nights experience, only with less glamour. Those scenes are good, and Murphy has decent chemistry with Lawrence, who works far better as the 'straight man' here than he did in his terrible star vehicles of the late 90's/early 00's, but Demme has problems controlling the tone, so it often shifts awkwardly between drama and comedy. It also loses steam in the final act where Murphy and Lawrence are sporting ridiculous old age makeup.
Rated 21 Feb 2020
65
16th
This film tries to be to serious while still going for some laughs as well. The mix does not work well here. The actors try hard but they an not rise above the weak material. Overall This movie is disappointing.
Rated 28 Feb 2020
55
11th
ennnnhh. A lot of the comedy in this is just Eddie Murphy doing that thing he does where he talks really fast and just says the same thing over and over again but slightly differently each time, and it gets old fast. I dont think I actually laughed once the whole film. But it also tries to tell a story about masculine friednship within a framework of racial injustice, and its not... terrible? Not good either, but it's decent enough that the film is tolerable and watchable throughout its runtime.
Rated 07 Aug 2020
60
25th
Harlem'32+bothgoodattimes+kindalikeHoleslol+jangalang+moviebetteronceatjailcamp+12yearslater+mutedopeatbaseball-gotdean'sdaughterpregloolchecksbabyagainstthemall+coolscenewheretheyimaginedtheboomboomroombutsoftcuznocharacterconnection-nowcoolhistorymontageastheinmatesvanish/die+28yearslater+finallyout+fakeddeaths
Rated 13 Feb 2007
19
2nd
A comedy without jokes that feels like a life sentence to watch? Yes please!
Rated 14 Aug 2007
80
29th
its entertaining
Rated 16 Feb 2007
40
19th
Rather boring.
Rated 28 Mar 2007
88
68th
Actually ends up very touching
Rated 08 Jun 2007
30
2nd
Eddie Murphy. Stop.
Rated 09 Jun 2007
70
33rd
Snorefest.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
75
40th
Eddie Murphy and Martin Lawrence. Watching the two of them you would almost think they didn't know how funny they are. Oh wait, nope, I'm mistaken they DEFINITELY know how funny they are. And MAN they are funny. In all seriousness though, this movie is actually pretty good, the broad performances of the two leads aside.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
70
23rd
The make-up is great, and it actually looks pretty. Lawrence has some good lines. WHA..?
Rated 14 Aug 2007
0
4th
Holy shit this is bad.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
40
7th
Not so hot. Some funny lines, some funny situations, but really not that great.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
80
32nd
Strong humor and pacing make this one worth watching.
Rated 03 Jan 2011
88
30th
Not a bad movie - they did a really great job on the makeup - now I know what Edie Murphy and Martin Lawrence will look like in their 80's
Rated 14 Aug 2007
55
28th
Hit-and-miss that surprisingly achieves it's good moments through flashes of drama amid the rather medocre comedy pieces.
Rated 16 Sep 2007
75
79th
Takes a while to get going, but this is a solid piece of entertainment.
Rated 14 Oct 2007
55
14th
If saying "motherfucker" is funny, then this film gets 21,991 motherfuckers out of 10. Bland.
Rated 31 Mar 2008
10
2nd
This is supposed to be a comedy right? Laugh as people get thrown in jail for crimes they didn't commit, howl as they suffer & grow old, guffaw as they are forced to do hard labor, snicker as they bicker endlessly, enjoy the realistic racism, clap & thrill as the gay lover commits suicide! Ha Ha!
Rated 21 Apr 2008
70
67th
Muct better than I expected. It's great to see Lawrence play the straight guy.
Rated 27 Jun 2008
71
79th
good movie
Rated 23 May 2010
80
63rd
Probably the last good movie Murphy has made. When the main stars of a movie is Murphy and Lawrence you expect the movie to be extreme and over the top, but this movie is actually quite good. A nice movie for an evening on the couch.
Rated 03 Oct 2010
4
32nd
It's cheap, immature, and just a wholly bad movie, but there is a little bit of charm to be found.

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