Nothing to Lose

Last Updated on: June 26th, 2024

Nothing to Lose (Touchstone Movie)

“Nothing to Lose” is a 1997 comedy film directed by Steve Oedekerk. The movie stars Martin Lawrence as Nick Beam, a successful advertising executive whose life takes a bizarre turn when he discovers his wife is having an affair with his boss. Distraught and angry, Nick drives aimlessly through the city and ends up being carjacked by a down-on-his-luck robber named T. Paul, played by Tim Robbins.

Instead of robbing Nick, T. Paul convinces him to let him go, and the two unlikely partners embark on a wild road trip together. As they travel through various misadventures, they form an unexpected friendship and discover that they have more in common than they initially thought.

As Nick and T. Paul’s journey progresses, they encounter quirky characters and hilarious situations. The movie explores themes of trust, friendship, and self-discovery, while also providing plenty of laughs along the way.

The chemistry between Martin Lawrence and Tim Robbins is one of the film’s highlights, as their comedic performances and contrasting personalities create a humorous dynamic. Lawrence’s energetic and over-the-top humor complements Robbins’ deadpan delivery, resulting in a perfect blend of humor and heart.

“Nothing to Lose” is a buddy comedy with a mix of action and adventure, as Nick and T. Paul find themselves involved in crazy and unpredictable situations. The film’s humor is both slapstick and clever, appealing to a wide range of audiences.

Released in the late 1990s, “Nothing to Lose” received mixed reviews from critics, but it found success at the box office and developed a dedicated fanbase over the years. Its blend of action and comedy, along with the charismatic performances of Lawrence and Robbins, have made it a favorite among fans of the genre.

Overall, “Nothing to Lose” is a lighthearted and entertaining comedy that delivers laughs and heartwarming moments. It is a film that showcases the talents of its lead actors and provides an enjoyable and memorable movie-watching experience.

Additional Details


  • Tim Robbins: Nick Beam
  • Martin Lawrence: Terrance Paul “T. Paul” Davidson
  • John C. McGinley: Davis “Rig” Lanlow
  • Giancarlo Esposito: Charles “Charlie” Dunt
  • Michael McKean: Phillip “P.B” Barrow
  • Kelly Preston: Ann Beam
  • Susan Barnes: Delores
  • Rebecca Gayheart: Danielle
  • Samaria Graham: Lisa Davidson
  • Marcus T. Paulk: Joey Davidson
  • Penny Bae Bridges: Tonya Davidson
  • Irma P. Hall: Bertha “Mama” Davidson
  • Caroline Keenan: Ann’s sister
  • Patrick Cranshaw: Henry
  • Steve Oedekerk: Security Guard Baxter
  • Dan Martin: L.A.P.D. Sergeant
  • Jim Meskimen: Business Suit Man


  • Director: Steve Oedekerk
  • Producers: Martin Bregman, Dan jinks and Michael Mregman
  • Writer Steve Odekerk

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