Nothing to Lose (1997)
USA / English
"When the odds are against you, sometimes the only bet is yourself. "Nick Beam's life couldn't get any worse. He discovers he has been living a lie and is on the verge of a nervous breakdown...
fairly enjoyable, a little off-kilter, a solid Robbins with a not-too-annoying Lawrence
This kind of "buddy" picture is something rather unexpected considering
the director (behind such comedy "classics" as Ace Ventura 2 and Kung
Pow: Enter the Fist, not that they're bad films). While it's not
without some share of stupidity, it also has its share of brains too,
somewhere. It's basically a B comedy with A-list stars and a pretty
high budget, but it doesn't sell its audience short of the goods.
Martin Lawrence will have his fan-base here as strong, if not stronger,
than in some of his other starring vehicles. He does get some dimension
to his character, as a guy who has the usual Lawrence-type sarcasm and
humor and also some conflict with his life. It's a good balance with
Tim Robbins, with his own sort of crisis as well. The plot involves a
robbery, and some hold-ups, some hicks, and a dancing security guard.
The overall scope of the film, with a soundtrack fairly standard, isn't
anything great (although one scene where a song by Scatman as Robbins
puts out a certain fire is one of the funniest scenes he's ever done).
But this is made up for by some clever bits, and a good repore by the
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