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Life (1999)
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by Kelly Palma

"This movie drained over 2 hours of my LIFE away!!"
1 stars

Did you ever hear the expression, "life sucks and then you die." Well in the case of this movie it is not true. 'Life' does suck in my opinion, but the main characters never die. This was one movie that I wanted to leave in the middle of. Not since I saw 'Clockwork Orange' have I wanted a character to die so badly, so that the movie would finally be over. I cannot believe that I wasted two hours of my life to see this movie. 'Life' may possibly be the worst flick I have ever seen.

Do not, I repeat do not even waste your time watching the trailer of this movie. The trailer makes it out to be a fabulous wonderful comedy with Martin Lawrence and Eddie Murphy. The have used deceptive advertising techniques in my eyes. I think I laughed a total of five times. 'Life' has won the stink bomb of the year award. It is supposedly set in the 1930's, yet they use slang terms and expressions from today's society. Hello writers!!! Did you have a single brain between you? I understand that the F word has always been around, but the frequency of it in the script made me feel as though I was watching a spin off of 'Pulp Fiction.'
The plot I am not even going to bother with, because if I would explain it you wouldn't understand it anyway because it makes no sense. There are random things just stuck in the middle, like the whole baseball sequence that add absolutely nothing to the plot. The sad shame is, they could have, there were numerous times when I thought they would draw it all back to together, but no…the writers chose not to. I do not see their thought pattern, why put things in that don't add anything and don't make sense.
This movie made me feel absolutely nothing. No sorrow for the characters bad luck, no joy when they finally do get free from prison, nada, zip, zilch, zero. Oops! Sorry I just gave it away, the whole movie in one sentence. How often can you do that? You shouldn't be able to if it is a good movie in my opinion. The make-up and costumes were very well done, if only everyone else could have worked to such high standards, 'Life' may have been a bearable movie.
I do however need to commend two people. Wyclef Jean who composed the music for the film his haunting melodies and words of the song truly were magical. My only hope is that his next endeavor is a film worthy of his talents. Secondly, Ned Beatty who truly had a gem of a role and shone like a diamond in it. He Portrayed Dexter Wilkins the slightly off kilter prison warden. Beatty deserved more screen time; his mere presence on the screen made me pay attention. There were so many places that they could have taken the script, the writers, developers or whoever just chose not to. Dare, I say the whole concept just seems idiotic to me. Maybe I believe in the justice too much. I know it happens, innocent people go to prison all the time. But for their entire life…I just don't get it, maybe it's the fact that I was born 40 plus years after the movie supposedly took place. There is one other facet of the movie that I did thoroughly enjoy, the newsreel clips mixed in with different pieces of the movie. That was very nice, it was like a mini history lesson right in the movie.

The only thing funny aspect of the film were the outtakes at the end of the film and in true Eddie Murphy form there had to be at least one joke about flatulence. I would only suggest this movie if you are a hardcore Eddie Murphy or Martin Lawrence fan. Only someone with a high level of love for their work could sit through this monstrosity. As for me, I'll stick with the Eddie Murphy rentals. Unless you are extremely desperate for some air conditioning stay as far away from 'Life' as you can possibly get.

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User Comments

6/21/17 Anne Selby maybe this was based on a true story??yet I loved it as a bit of farce 3 stars
9/27/12 wes Dude your never gonna get it. Its just not yout type of movie. Stick to walt Disney instead 5 stars
8/24/12 roscoe fair but did not mesh. plus, not that funny 3 stars
10/22/08 Shaun Wallner Thought this was a good film. 4 stars
8/26/05 ES Had its moments, a good watch if its on TV (at the beginning) on a lazy afternoon 3 stars
12/10/03 Samuel "FUNNY!" 3 stars
12/09/03 Baby Dee This movie was good. Not only hillarius but dramatic at times. IT IS GOOD! 3 stars
12/07/03 J Hilarious Eddy and Martin at there best! **** out 4 4 stars
6/22/03 Ghetto Smurf Hilaurious 5 stars
3/13/03 adny its the funniest movie ever 5 stars
11/01/02 Johnathan Mull I thought this movie was great! Watch it again and take your head out of your ass! 5 stars
10/16/02 Jennifer I saw the movie like 30 times 5 stars
9/18/02 Michelle I liked how they took a serious subject, and turned it into a comedy. Its a good movie 5 stars
7/29/02 Croweater Saved by Murphy too a large degree, as Martin Lawrence sucks as usual. 2 stars
1/11/02 Andrew Carden Beatty Is The Only Light In This Dark and Unfunny Movie. 2 stars
11/27/01 malcolm funny movie in a very unfunny situation. i would've liked to see more of Bernie Mac. 4 stars
9/05/01 Butterbean If it was advertised as a drama instead of a comedy, I wouldn't have been disappointed.. 3 stars
8/07/01 Joe Zappa Co-written by Matt Stone, starring Eddie Murphy & Martin Lawrence. 1 flaw: Martin Lawrence 4 stars
1/27/01 lesbi lover No one in this movie is hot. 4 stars
9/13/00 Boy In The Designer Bubble For once Mr. Lawrence wasn't an embarassment to the black community. 3 stars
4/28/00 fire-n-ice could have been eddie murphy in a while 4 stars
2/09/00 Jess Bennett This movie is beautiful. It has heart and his well acted. Some stuff is unrealistic. 5 stars
11/29/99 Crystal Fleming Ok entertainment 3 stars
6/29/99 Mark Reilly Best Eddie Murphy movie im a LONG time 4 stars
6/26/99 David 2 stars are great, film is a real yawner. Episodic nothingness. 2 stars
4/26/99 Daddy Rich One of the funniest movies I have seen. This is the Eddie Murphy we all love. 5 stars
4/26/99 jeff hounchell Two comedic superstars, BUT....the movie cudda have been MUCH funnier!!!!!! 3 stars
4/25/99 XenoWolf the humor is alright 3 stars
4/19/99 agustin more sad than funny 3 stars
1/06/99 The Dude Eddie Murphy is great-he has redeemed himself from Holy Man-its great 5 stars
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