Reviewed by: Michael Hilding
“Life”—this isn’t the cereal. Hey—Mikey doesn’t like it. Overall, “Life” was a funny movie, but what else would you expect from Eddie Murphy and Martin Lawrence. As would be expected, though, the use of strong language and bad behavior to setup the punch lines marred the film.
“Life” is a funny and poignant story of two blacks unjustly imprisoned for life in a 1930s Mississippi work camp. The story traces 40+ years of incarceration as two innocent men serve a life sentence for a crime they didn’t commit. The movie consists of their schemes and attempts to escape, while also studying relationships between the prisoners (though it lacks depth, but after all this is only a comedy). Lying, alcohol use, theft, bootlegging, gambling, fornication, and homosexuality are all shown as acceptable, unfortunately. Murder, however, is portrayed as wrong, but in the end even murder is okayed in certain given situations. Most likely “Life” will get a strong endorsement from the secular community due to the political correctness of the film. On a positive side, the storytelling and the film’s unique method of showing the passage of time does merit commendation!
While this movie is funny, due to the continuous use of profanity, taking of the Lord’s name in vain, the comical view of breaking most of the ten commandments, as well as two murders that are actually quite graphic for a comedy, I would recommend spending money on a less offensive comedy.