Livin' Tha Life

  • 2003
  • Movie
  • R
  • Action, Comedy, Crime

If ever a movie demonstrated the pitfalls of improvisation, it's this horrendous, in-your-face comedy. Ne'er-do-well Jamal (Jarrell Jackson) and his shiftless pal, Peanut (Edward D. Smith), hang around the streets of Compton, California, trying to finance a booty call. Having spent the morning quarreling with his AC-DC girlfriend and his barber, ill-tempered...read more

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If ever a movie demonstrated the pitfalls of improvisation, it's this horrendous, in-your-face comedy. Ne'er-do-well Jamal (Jarrell Jackson) and his shiftless pal, Peanut (Edward D. Smith), hang around the streets of Compton, California, trying to finance a booty call. Having spent the morning quarreling with his AC-DC girlfriend and his barber, ill-tempered Peanut would like nothing more than a low-energy day of getting high. But at Jamal's mother's house, Jamal and Peanut run into a transvestite burglar (Stixx), scuffle and mistakenly assume that they've killed him. In a panic, they load the comatose robber into the trunk of their car and drive around the hood, trying to gauge their options. They cross paths with a hyper-active drug dealer, a truckin' street dancer

and a gay ex-con who professes his secret love for Jamal. Jamal's Uncle Fred (Rodney Perry) advances the boys enough cash to relax with twin hookers and smoke some high-grade crack. While Jamal and Peanut forget their woes, someone steals their car, with the "corpse" still in the trunk. Jamal freaks out and whines about confessing to the police; on the advice of his criminal cousin (Phil Coatney), Peanut tries to silence Jamal permanently. Jamal forgives Peanut, but after they steal back their car it looks as though the police are closing in on them. Still believing they've got something to hide, Peanut and Jamal are on the verge of making a desperate blunder. The film's amateurish cast, who rely heavily on comic ghetto stereotypes, is clearly having more fun than the audience.

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  • Released: 2003
  • Rating: R
  • Review: If ever a movie demonstrated the pitfalls of improvisation, it's this horrendous, in-your-face comedy. Ne'er-do-well Jamal (Jarrell Jackson) and his shiftless pal, Peanut (Edward D. Smith), hang around the streets of Compton, California, trying to finance… (more)

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