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Nothing to Lose1997

Nothing to Lose (1997)



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Two men with nothing in common become unlikely companions in this comedy. Advertising executive Nick Beame (Tim Robbins) is not having a good day when he comes home from work to discover that his wife Ann (Kelly Preston) is having an affair with another man -- who, adding insult to injury, happens to be his boss, Phillip Barrow (Michael McKean). Deeply depressed, Nick hops into his SUV and starts driving aimlessly. He ends up in a rough neighborhood where a carjacker, T. Paul (Martin Lawrence), pulls a gun and jumps in the passenger seat. Nick grumbles "Boy, did you pick the wrong guy on the wrong day," and, thinking he has no reason to live, heads out to the desert over T. Paul's objections. Nick learns that T. Paul is actually a family man who has turned to crime because he can't get a job. Nick offers to help T. Paul, though crime is not one of his strong suits, and things get even more complicated when a pair of crooks, Rig (John C. McGinley) and Charlie (Giancarlo Esposito), start following them.

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Tim Robbins
as Nick Beam
John C. McGinley
as Davis `Rig' Lanlow
Giancarlo Esposito
as Charlie Dunt
Michael McKean
as Phillip Barrow
Susan Barnes
as Delores
Steve Oedekerk
as Baxter (security guard)
Steven M. Porter
as Sheriff Officer No. 1
Robert Louis Kempf
as Hillbilly Attendant
Dave Lea
as English Driver
Dan Martin
as LAPD Sergeant
Lance August
as LAPD Officer
Joe Minjares
as Security Guard
Carl Sundstrom
as Overweight Security Guard
Selma Stern
as Old Woman in Elevator
Caroline Keenan
as Ann's Sister
Jim Meskimen
as Business Suit Man
J.J. Boone
as Ginger
Kim Kim
as Mary Ann
Jodi Jinks
as Girl at Checkout
Willy Parsons
as Truck Driver
Victoria Redstall
as Woman in Bar
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Critic Reviews for Nothing to Lose

All Critics (25) | Top Critics (8)

Nothing to Lose is mainstream, mildly entertaining, but clearly a money grab by [Tim] Robbins and his less-in-demand co-star, Martin Lawrence.

August 23, 2017 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

Oedekerk's screenplay has serious ambitions, which it should have suppressed.

January 1, 2000 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

A bumpy buddy romp that's mildly winning thanks to its stars.

January 1, 2000 | Rating: 2.5/4

For every fresh, funny scene... there is another that is incredibly forced.

December 28, 2004 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

Too embarrassing for Robbins

April 6, 2003 | Rating: 1/5

Robbins and Lawrence make the perfect duo. Funny as hell.

September 20, 2002 | Rating: 3/5

Audience Reviews for Nothing to Lose


04/09/2011 (ONLINE) FUNNY! I enjoyed this awkward partnership that made things dangerously hilarious. Putting oil with water only causes separation but if you shake things up you have "Nothing to Lose" right? This is old-school for me and seeing it now still has me bursting with laughter, not only that but a pretty dramatic situation that intensifies the humor... hoping for the best and laughing at the worst. You got nothing to do? Put this on... kick back... you got "Nothing To Lose".

EightThirty .
EightThirty .

Super Reviewer

Hilarious. Tim Robbins and Martin Lawerence make a surprisingly brilliant comedy act. Must see film!

Bethany Murphy
Bethany Murphy

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Doesn't even deserve half of a star.

Cassie Hill
Cassie Hill

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