Tim Robbins, a relatively serious actor, and Martin Lawrence, the guy we've seen stir laughs in movies such as Bad Boys and Big Momma's House, join forces, and I guess they had Nothing to Lose, since this movie is just going to show up as one divet in their successful, rising careers.
Nothing to Lose follows the story of a businessmen, Robbins, who decides to rob his boss after he sees his wife and his boss having sex. Along for the ride is Lawrence, who needs the money more than anything else. A couple of thugs also get on their trail after Robbins and Lawrence invade their crime zone.
Let's just say that the story isn't very becoming, and neither is the script. Sure, there are some blips of comedy here and there, but not a consistent amount of laugh-out-loud jokes. I did laugh quite a bit but that was only because I could see the jokes coming a mile away.
The movie really dies in the last half hour as everything becomes more sentimental, and we get introduced to Lawrence's dilemma of doing the right thing and stealing money for his family. Time and time again these little subplots are introduced into the movie, and time and time again these movies flop. You would think someone got the clue.
Furthermore, this movie has been done before, in various forms. The comedy is almost identical to hundreds of other films, and the jokes really aren't any different from some of Martin Lawrence's other stuff. Only this time, they aren't as fresh.
It also didn't look like either of the actors, especially Tim Robbins, were taking this movie very seriously. Robbins, as mentioned earlier, is a pretty serious actor, and I don't think he should have resorted to this form of comedy. He had a skillful role in High Fidelity, but that was a more mature comedy.
Nothing to Lose starts out good but continues to get worse as time wears on. Martin Lawrence and Tim Robbins are good, but not enough to save the mediocre script. These actors had nothing to lose so they had no reason to try.
Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.
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