[3.5]--These two almost pulled it off
Once upon a time in America, life in prison meant precisely that. There was no early parole, no time off for good behavior. If you were sentenced to life, you could pretty much count on dying a prisoner in some godforsaken camp, farm or prison. Eddie Murphy is a small-time crook in Prohibition-era New York trying to get out of debt to a Harlem mobster. He sets up a scheme of driving some Mississippi moonshine to the mobster's speakeasy in New York. He ropes in as his driver Martin Lawrence, a bank teller who has also fallen afoul of the mobster because of an unpaid gambling debt.
Murphy's character's weak nature gets the better of him and after receiving the liquor shipment, he decides to do some gambling in a rural club. He gets cheated by a local card sharp who later mouths off to the town sheriff, who murders him. Murphy and Lawrence have the misfortune of discovering the body, and being seen with it. They get, you guessed it, life in prison. The two, initially antagonistic to one another, are forced to rely upon each other in the brutal work camp to which they are sentenced. Time passes and they dream of the freedom it seems will be denied them for a crime of which they aren't guilty.
There are a lot of moving moments in "Life" and with Murphy and Lawrence, even more funny ones. There is social commentary in the form of how black men are treated in the South, but it isn't strongly told or terribly compelling. Other movies explore that subject in greater depth and with greater insight. The problem with "Life" is that the filmmakers aren't sure whether they wanted to make a comedy, an examination of prison life in the Deep South of, say, 50 years ago, or a political/social commentary on the shaft given African Americans. They decide to do all these things, and in fact their reach exceeds their grasp.
"Life" really doesn't give you any new insights into anything. It's mainly an excuse to pair two of the brightest comic minds in America. Watching the two at work individually is fascinating, but Lawrence and Murphy don't generate enough chemistry to hold any interest as a team.
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Life is a movie about two people who get thrown together to pay back a man that they owe. In order to pay them back they go down south to pick up an order of moonshine, but somehow instead were accused of murder wrongly and sentenced to life. Eddie Murphy and Martin Laurence are a an awesome pair in this larger than life story of two friends that have there ups and downs together, but cherish there friendship together which in the end saves them. Filled with a great cast and nonstop laughter, its a great rainy movie for the comedy lover!
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Life (Eddie Murphy and Martin Lawrence)
Eddie Murphy and Martin Lawrence make a good comedy duo in this movie. Very hilarious scenes. Eddie Murphy is so good at improv. From the extra's they do say that Eddie was at times going with what he felt was funny and right.
Story was great as well..showing how time can stop for certain people but everything else moves forward. If you are a fan of Eddie murphy this is a must have.
Life [Eddie & Martin]
You know, I think Martin Lawrence, and Eddie Murphy should make more movies together, because these two along with the rest of the "Supporting Cast", were off the chain! I like this movie so much, almost every chance I get, I watch this movie. Bernie mac does an excellent performance for his part, funny as usual! So, with that being said, whoever is reading this review, go out and get this movie for your personal collection. Because if you want to get your laugh on? This is one of those movies.
Life with Eddie Murphy & Martin L. Hilarious.
Fantastic comedy about getting sentenced to life in a louisiana prison in the 1930's. Eddie & Martin play an unwilling partership that goes amiss landing thwem both in prison for a murder they didn't commit. Hilarious and unforgetable with tons of quotable lines and classic eddie murphy humor. This film is extremely mature in nature with an inumerable number of profanities and lued comments that are common in many eddie & martin movies. One of the best comedies of the nineties.