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Livin' tha Life (2003)

R | | Comedy | Video 22 April 2003
Two friends, Jamal and Peanut go through their daily routines in Compton. The two inadvertently apprehend a theif who was breaking into Jamal's house but then the thief drops dead in front of them.

Director:

Joseph Brown (as Joe Brown)

Writer:

Joseph Brown (story) (as Joe Brown)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Onika Day ... Twin
Shawn Harris Shawn Harris ... Killer D
Archie Howard Archie Howard ... Big Man
Hurricane Hurricane ... Barber
Jarell Jackson Jarell Jackson ... Jamal
Pepper Jackson Pepper Jackson ... The Kid
Rodney Perry Rodney Perry ... Uncle Fred
Kaluha Richardson Kaluha Richardson ... Girlfriend
Edward D. Smith Edward D. Smith ... Peanut
Stixx Stixx ... Burglar
Zai Wilburn Zai Wilburn ... Lil Madd Dogg
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Two friends, Jamal and Peanut go through their daily routines in Compton. The two inadvertently apprehend a theif who was breaking into Jamal's house but then the thief drops dead in front of them.

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Genres:

Comedy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for pervasive strong language, violence and drug use
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 April 2003 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Compton, California, USA

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Central Avenue Filmworks See more »
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Color
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The film had only a $400 budget See more »

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Better Than You'd Imagine
31 July 2003 | by cagney911See all my reviews

Consider the facts from the director's commentary: this was shot by a first time filmmaker on digital video with a shooting budget of $400, using comedians who've never acted before found in a local club in Los Angeles and allowing them to improvise based on a skeletal plot structure... And yet, despite all the places where this film can go SO wrong and remain ignored at the video store, it would be a crime not to check it out. There is A LOT of surprisingly funny moments here. The foul mouthed grade schooler bullying adults out of money. The barber who can't focus on cutting hair for want of running Yo Momma jokes on a customer. The Crazy Uncle with Vietnam flashbacks... More... And the chemistry between the two leads is startlingly rich and natural-- they work well together. Because the moments of physical comedy here are at times so broad, so slapstick, so vaudevillian, it made the film feel old fashioned-- that this could just as well been an Abbott and Costello flick remade by John Singleton. With all comedies, not all the jokes work (the crabs subplot? eh!) and this isn't one of the Greatest Films Ever... But it really charmed me and had several moments that I kept going back to over and over. It ain't worth an Oscar, but its well worth renting!


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