Nothing To Lose

  • 1997
  • Movie
  • R
  • Comedy

A raucous comedy about a disillusioned yuppie and a desperate carjacker that tries to wring social relevance out of the buddy-movie formula. Los Angeles ad-man Nick Beam (Tim Robbins) has just spied his wife cheating on him with his pompous boss, so when gun-toting T. Paul (Martin Lawrence) tries to take his expensive car, Beam flips out. Soon the glum WASP...read more

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A raucous comedy about a disillusioned yuppie and a desperate carjacker that tries to wring social relevance out of the buddy-movie formula. Los Angeles ad-man Nick Beam (Tim Robbins) has just spied his wife cheating on him with his pompous boss, so when gun-toting T. Paul (Martin Lawrence) tries to take his expensive car, Beam flips out. Soon the glum WASP and the social problem -- T. just wants to provide for his wife and kids, but he can't get a job -- are barreling down some dusty Arizona road, heading straight for a mess of trouble. The cops mistake them for a pair of hard cases (John C. McGinley and Giancarlo Esposito), the bad guys try to rip them off, and before you know it, the reluctant partners in crime are plotting to rob Beam's boss and get both their lives back on track. Think back to Eddie Murphy and Nick Nolte in the first 48 HRS., and be reminded of how really funny the forced pairing of a brash young black man and an angry, uptight white guy can be. The best that can be said about this iteration of the idea is that Lawrence gets off the occasional zinger and Robbins does a better hotfoot than he did in THE HUDSUCKER PROXY. Dispiriting comedy by the numbers, propelled by trash-talking dialogue and a vulgar soundtrack.

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  • Released: 1997
  • Rating: R
  • Review: A raucous comedy about a disillusioned yuppie and a desperate carjacker that tries to wring social relevance out of the buddy-movie formula. Los Angeles ad-man Nick Beam (Tim Robbins) has just spied his wife cheating on him with his pompous boss, so when g… (more)

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