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Blu-ray Review - Life

LIFE Eddie Murphy Martin Lawrence

In 1999, the pairing of Martin Lawrence and Eddie Murphy was considered a major event. While the two already worked together in 1992's"Boomerang," "Life" caught the pair during a celebratory career run, with Murphy riding high on the success of "The Nutty Professor" and "Doctor Doolittle," while Lawrence was burning off his "Bad Boys" goodwill, developing his transition from sidekick tomfoolery to leading man responsibility. This collision of comedic spirits creates an interesting atmosphere of improvisational skill in "Life," though the movie itself feels short-sheeted, without a full sense of the titular experience, despite a premise that could reasonably carry a pleasing episodic narrative. Laughs are found in the film, supplied by its varied cast and director Ted Demme's patience, but "Life" is far from satisfying, only masterminding a few compelling scenes of character interaction and conflict before it's buried back in the screenplay, which never figures out exactly what it wants to be, often content to permit star power to carry the story along. Read the rest at


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