Nothing to Lose

MPAA Rating: R

Entertainment: +1

Content: -3

Advertising executive Nick Beam (Tim Robbins) has a perfect life. One day, he drives home in his perfect car to his perfect house to surprise his perfect wife. That's when his life is shattered. He hears some noise upstairs and thinks it's a burglar. He goes to the source of the noise only to find his wife having passionate sex with another man. He's so shocked, he just leaves. On the way out of the house he finds his boss' cufflinks on the table. With his life shattered, he gets into his car and drives away. And just when you'd think it can't get any worse for Nick, a fast-talking car-jacker named T. Paul (Martin Lawrence) leaps into his car, attempting to rob him. With nothing to lose and on the verge of a nervous breakdown, Nick turns the tables on his mugger, holding him hostage. An unlikely friendship unfolds between them and they plot revenge on Nick's boss by trying to steal a large stockpile of cash he has hidden in the office. The intended adult audience will laugh occasionally, but the inconsistent humor fails to hide the slow-moving plot.

The only redeeming quality in this movie is the marital fidelity of both lead characters. They remain relatively loyal to their wives. Otherwise, the movie is completely immoral. The language alone makes it reprehensible. With 68 f-words and 70 s-words, the obscenities often flow like streams of sludge from their potty-mouthed characters, especially Lawrence's. Crude and lewd behavior comes in the form of topless dancers at a strip bar, and Lawrence who thrusts his hips and stuffs clothing in his pants to emphasize the sexual prowess of his character. There are many fights with punching, head-butting, and gunfire. In addition, armed robbery is portrayed as a comical act with no negative repercussions. Nick and T. Paul rob several stores, never get caught, and have lots of laughs along the way. One especially intense sex scene shows the couple without much cover, although the breast nudity is only partially seen. Discriminating viewers have nothing to lose by missing this bottom dweller.

Preview Reviewer: Jason Shepherd
Touchstone Pictures, 500 S. Buena Vista, Burbank, CA 91521

The following categories contain objective listings of film content which contribute to the subjective numeric Content ratings posted to the left and on the Home page.

Crude Language: Many (40) times - Mild 8, Moderate 32

Obscene Language: Many (144) times - f- 68, s- 70, other 6

Profanity: Few (3) times - (exclamatory 1, regular 2)

Violence: Many times - Moderate (gun threat, pepper spray in the eyes, head-on car crash, punching & head-butting, gun fire, slapping by a mother as punishment)

Sex: Few (2) times (engaged couple has sex; married man kisses woman passionately)

Nudity: Near nudity - Once (couple having sex is seen with partial view of woman's breast)

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: Many times (woman refers positively to lesbianism and sexual acts; statue of fertility god with large sex organ is shown; lewd dancing in strip bar and in private; man thrusts hips simulating sex; man stuffs clothing in pants to appear well endowed)

Drugs: Few times (lead character gets drunk at bar; social drinking at strip bar)

Other: Armed robbery is seen as comical and as having no negative consequences.

Running Time: 94 minutes
Intended Audience: Adults

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