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30 Years to Life (2003)

Erika Alexander , Melissa De Sousa , Vanessa Middleton  |  R |  DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Erika Alexander, Melissa De Sousa, Tracy Morgan, Paula Jai Parker, Allen Payne
  • Directors: Vanessa Middleton
  • Writers: Vanessa Middleton
  • Producers: Vanessa Middleton, Andrew LeBlanc, Felice Schachter, Gingi Rochelle, Julie Ann Lucas
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Screen Media
  • DVD Release Date: April 6, 2004
  • Run Time: 110 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0001DMUHM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #65,161 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "30 Years to Life" on IMDb

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Life and Love...the best journey ever... April 15, 2004
30 Years to Life is a cute romantic comedy that follows the lives of six African American friends as they approach thirty years old in New York City. The cast consists Allen Payne, Tracy Morgan, Kadeem Hardison, Erica Alexander, Paula Jai Parker, T. Russell and Melissa De Sousa. As you can tell from the cast names and if you know their filmographies...then you know that all of these people can really act. So they have taken and crafted each character into a believable individual that most will be able to identify with.
The movie covers the span of one year. It begins with a birthday celebration and ends with one. You get an inside view of what women want in a relationship and also what men want. It is hilarious as the characters portray the most shallow to something of substance. Sometimes all that we think we want in a person (outer trappings like money, career, good looks)...does not enhance the inner person (inner qualities like politeness, caring, considerate, loving, giving and unselfishness). Paula's character deals with being a great person inside (and a great cook), but overlooked by most men because she is overweight. She has an extreme make over which takes her on an enlightening journey to get the man of her dreams. Tracy's character seems to be a non-committal jerk, trying to break into the comedy business and bumming money from women...but later he reveals why a broke brother does what he does (a self-esteem kinda thing...issues). Erika's character lives with her boyfriend of four years. She wants to get married, but he does not. He goes to buy her a bracelet and is accidently given another customer's ring purchase. So he does not have the heart to tell his girlfriend that their engagement was a mistake, fake, crazy mix-up...this was deep.
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 30's ain't all that bad July 19, 2004
Six friends in NY face the emotions of turning 30. I could so identify with this movie. I'm 36, so a lot of what some of the characters were dealing with in this film, I've dealt with them or know others who have. 30 years to life starts with a birthday and ends with a birthday. At the beginning of the movie Natalie comes home from work to a surprise birthday party. Instead of being happy she screams "I'm 30" and runs away crying. Usually birthdays are reasons to celebrate, for Natalie she is facing the fact that she "Has an MBA, A Great well paying job, and is in great shape, but why is she not happy or married." Natalie really wants to be in a relationship, but she has trouble in the relationship area. Natalie is not the only character dealing with being 30 or about to turn 30. You have Joy who is in a 4 year relationship, but she really wants to be married to Leland. Joy has convinced herself that they do not need that piece of paper to label their relationship (man if I had a nickel for every time I heard that line I would be RICH). Leland feels if they get married, everything will change in the relationship, so he is comfortable with just living together the way they have been. Bottom line is he is scared!!! Malik is a marketing executive who has a negative idea about relationships. He sees relationships as "leasing with the option to buy", and he goes out of his way to NOT put himself in a situation where the relationship can get serious. However, he has no problems sleeping with woman, after woman, and forgets the names of some women. Malik works in Marketing and gets a promotion. He does not like how his career is mapped out for him over the next 10 years. He was informed of his career path and his projected salary by the time he was 40! Read more ›
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A really great movie January 9, 2006
Wow! What a really great movie! Expect really great acting from Erica Alexander, Allen Payne, Tracy Morgan, really the entire cast. A group of friends deal with the range of emotions from turning 30 years old. From crying at the birthday candles to quitting your job, to chase the elusize dream of your youth. This is a great movie, my husband and I really identified with it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A MUST have for the BIG 3-0! March 18, 2004
This movie is great! I saw it in NY and was laughing from start to finish. It is a MUST have for anyone who is about to turn 30. I have 3 friends turning 30 this year, and several more right on the outskirts of turning 30, I plan to buy this movie for all of them! This movie is so true to what getting older and leaving your 20's is all about!
Watch for the toe scene, the ring scene, and the "what's that noise" scene - They all will have you dying laughing.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good movie June 28, 2004
This movie was good. I wish that it had a larger audience. Tracey Morgan was superb and very funny. Please support it on DVD, since it could not be supported in the movies.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just Viewed on SHOWTIME...JUST PURCHASED MY OWN! June 13, 2005
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I LOVED THIS MOVIE! I just caught it on SHOWTIME but missed the first 5 minutes and feel it is a must have. I really appreciated the humor in the relationships as well as the serious sides. I found it very interesting that they were able to capture the sweet and bitter points of relationships and growing older while making this a positive thought provoking movie which moves along nicely. A movie definitely worth viewing.
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4.0 out of 5 stars 30 YEARS TO LIFE March 9, 2006
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Funny movie love it.
Published 1 month ago by Erica Spencer
4.0 out of 5 stars Better Than I Expected!
I'm a fan of ensemble movies (movies with a variety of major cast members) so I was pleased to come across this flick. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Terese: The Novelist
5.0 out of 5 stars "Remember Your Wish I'LL Be Glade When I Am Old Enough 2 So&So "
Well You Got Your Wish and A Few More Relax Its Life Way Of Giving You There More Ahead Loved Movie Had On Vhs ,Many Will Love This One. Purchase And Enjoy All Is Not Lost.
Published 15 months ago by John L Williams
5.0 out of 5 stars Real Life
I enjoy this movie because it reminded me of my life when I was in my thirties. This is one of the those movies that I watch over and over again. The cast is great. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Nicole D.Davis
4.0 out of 5 stars Funny Movie
Good movie to watch with friends.Erika Alexander's character was allot different from other characters she's played giving the movie a great deal of dept.
Published on January 23, 2012 by Spencer Thorne
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderfully Funny, down to Earth, keeping it Real...
When feeling sad, due to passing away of my oldest Brother. I can pull out this dvd movie and lol lol lol. My spirit,body,soul is lifted up in a Excellent way. Read more
Published on November 5, 2011 by jackie
5.0 out of 5 stars Never Judge a Movie By Its Cover...
I'll echo the sentiments of many others when I say, this movie was a very pleasant surprise. It is an intelligent movie that is clearly made by a young black professional, about... Read more
Published on October 7, 2011 by BeYOUtiful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Funny Comedy!
I really enjoyed this movie! The movie deals with real life issues with relationships, life, and love. Read more
Published on July 20, 2007 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars I think it is funny
When I first saw this movie I wasn't impressed but I began to appreciate it more and more as I watched it several times. I find it to be very funny. Read more
Published on July 18, 2007 by W. Day
Maybe I was expecting something else. This movie I gave away after watching it. Perhaps becuase I'm over 40 I simply was not moved by it. Read more
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