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Nothing to Lose (1997)

Tim Robbins , Martin Lawrence  |  R |  DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (183 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Tim Robbins, Martin Lawrence, Patrick Cranshaw, Giancarlo Esposito, Rebecca Gayheart
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Letterboxed, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Subtitles: Spanish
  • 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: Touchstone Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: April 21, 1998
  • Run Time: 98 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (183 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 155890834X
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,009 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Nothing to Lose" on IMDb

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This hugely funny action-comedy hit stars big-screen favorites Martin Lawrence (BAD BOYS) and Tim Robbins (HIGH FIDELITY). Advertising executive Nick Beam (Robbins) has completely bottomed out. His career is a mess, his marriage is on the rocks ... and a fast-talking would-be carjacker (Lawrence) has just jumped into his car! So what does he do? Nick throws common sense out the window and turns the tables on his captor! Soon this mismatched pair speeds off on a comical crime spree that includes holdups, high-speed chases, and revenge! Set to a hot hit soundtrack, NOTHING TO LOSE is another wild comedy success from the creator of ACE VENTURA and THE NUTTY PROFESSOR!

With a story that's too flimsy to support its running time, this road-movie comedy has plenty of problems, but at its best it's a surprisingly inspired vehicle for the clever teaming of Tim Robbins and Martin Lawrence. Robbins plays an addled advertising executive who comes home early one day and discovers his wife in bed with his boss. To make matters worse, he's later carjacked by a struggling, unemployed family-man-turned-petty-thief (Lawrence), and that's when he loses his cool completely. He takes the carjacker hostage and recruits him on a road-trip scheme of revenge against his wife and boss. Plotting to break into his boss's high-security vault, Robbins gets a criminal assist from Lawrence, but they're also on the run from another pair of would-be thieves who trail them to the vault's location. The routine plot is occasionally limp and sluggish, but writer-director Steve Oedekerk (who makes a wacky cameo appearance as a security guard) mines comedy gold during several scenes that detour from the plot for the sake of sheer lunacy. Robbins and Lawrence have great comedic chemistry (if you can tolerate Lawrence's constant profanity), and although the movie ends on a false note with some unlikely turns of fate, it's definitely good for more than a few solid laughs. --Jeff Shannon

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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my all-time favorites January 16, 2000
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Don't pay attention to the reviewer, this movie is one of the best comedies ever! The dynamics between Lawrence and Robbins are great and the plot's VERY nice and twisty. If you don't much care for "boyz in da hood" type movies, don't worry - this isn't one. It's just a great comic adventure that'll make you almost fall out of your chair laughing.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I Laughed 'til I cried October 21, 2005
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This is one of my favorite comedies. Robbins and Lawrence are a really good team; the "spider-freak-out" dance by Robbins, and the goofy security guard routine by Steve Oedekerk were hilarious.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Mindlessly Hilarious June 26, 2007
A man comes home early and catches his wife in bed with his boss, just after his boss asked him to take a meeting so he could "get lucky" with her. Having been deeply in love with his, wife the emotional backlash is not insignificant. When he finds himself at gun point in an attempted robbery, the maelstrom that follows makes up the plotline of the movie.

"Nothing to Lose" is nothing of not predictable. Even though I won't mention how it all pans out, anyone could predict it anwyay. Despite that, the movie is still gut-wrenching in its hilarity and zany situations. The scene where Nick asks a store clerk what was scarier, (his cool and calm approach or Terence's loud, profanity pumping approach), was a hoot. Especially when the clerk tried to make Nick feel better about himself.

For a good laugh, this is a hard movie to beat. Tim Robbins is great and Martin Lawrence even manages to be less annoyingly squealy than he normally is. Like other reviewers, I love this movie and have seen it a number of times. Want a good laugh? See this one!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Martin Lawrence and Tim Robbins are an amazing duo. December 28, 2001
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Martin Lawrence, from the instant classic sit-com Martin, as well as other excellent movies and comedy, teamed with Tim Robbins from Shawshank Redemption. There will definitely be worthy results in this movie. It's a hilarious comedy featuring Tim Robbins as a executive who catches his wife in bed with his boss, and goes for a drive. Martin is waiting to car-jack Tim Robbins, however, he picked the wrong day to do it and Robbins takes off, bringing Martin with him. They rob a couple stores and eventually Tim Robbins concocts a plan to rob his boss, but while in the process of completing this move, he and Martin are trailed by two other criminals, and get into various encounters with them on their way, each one turns out to be hilarious. Just one of those movies you have to witness for yourself, it's a shame some people are criticizing Nothing To Lose because of the sound equipment used and just the situation in the movie. It doesn't matter how many times a black/white uniting movie is made just as long as they add something new and refreshing to it that makes it worth watching. And Nothing To Lose does just that. And criticizing a movie just because there's a little bit of swearing in it? Preposterous, it would be understandable if the entire movie was filled with bad words but this movie is definitely not one of those. In my opinion, this is a very good movie, but putting two talented actors together you shouldn't expect anything less. Nothing To Lose is a comedic, interesting and just all-around excellent film. This is coming from someone who doesn't even like movies that much. So listen to my advice, and try out Nothing To Lose, starring Martin Lawrence and Tim Robbins.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars From Bad To Worse August 24, 2003
By SuziQ
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In "Nothing To Lose" Nick Beam (Tim Robbins), a white executive from the suburbs of Los Angeles, is having a really bad day. To start with, he walks in on his wife in bed with another man. He's having a really rough time with his boss. And to top it all off, he gets carjacked by T.(Terrence) Paul (Martin Lawrence). Feeling he has "nothing to lose," Nick decides to turn the tables on this would be carjacker and take him for the action packed thrill ride of his life.
In this 1997 comedy, directed by Steve Oedekerk, you will get 98 minutes of gut busting laughs. If you like comedies with lots of action, hold-ups, high speed chases, and revenge, I would recommend this movie to you.
I give this film four stars because, while it is a very funny film, it does have a lot of foul language. Therefore, I wouldn't recommend this film for young people, or people who prefer to keep young sensitive ears.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely funny! December 1, 2003
By A Customer
I'm a fan of Tim Robbins. I saw this at the movies and just had to have it in DVD. The story is a typical buddy film but the chemistry between Robbins and Martin Lawrrence was priceless. The funniest line from Robbins in response to the real spider crawling on his head was, "I'm not up on all this jive talkin' homeboy lingo". This is a must see!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Extremely hilarious April 28, 2007
Watching Tim Robbins dance with his shoe on fire while trying to get a spider off of him led me to the hardest I've ever laughed in my life. Martin Lawrence's character's response to it as well as the back ground music made it even funnier. I had tears in my eyes and my side hurt.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
This movie had me laughing out loud during many funny scenes. Martin Lawrence and Tim Robbins make the perfect team, and the way they met is hysterical. Martin Lawrence plays the role of Nick Beam, who is an Advertising Executive, successful and happily married, until he leaves work one day to pick up beautiful flowers for his wife and thinks he saw his wife in bed with another man. What he totally forgot was the phone call from his wife to pick her sister up at the airport.

In reality, the woman he really saw was his sister-in-law and her boyfriend. However, totally convinced that it was his wife cheating, he hops in his car and speeds off on a long ride, contemplating that his life was over. While on his road-trip to no-where, he winds up in a town that he didn't know well, and as he stops for a red light, a carjacker jumps into his car with a gun. Nick could care less on the worst day of his life, completely ignores Tim Robbins(the carjacker), and their hilarious journey begins.

As Nick speeds off onto the road with no plans as to where they were going, they wind up in tons of trouble together, and both Nick's career and his marriage are at stake. This is a wild comedy that is extremely funny as the two men, who break the law, wind up helping each other at the end as they become friends.

Their teamwork is terrific, and overall, a very enjoyable movie that entertains throughout. When you need a few laughs, watch this movie, you won't be disappointed. Highly recommended!
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