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Ray and Claude are two men who are wrongly convicted of murder and sentenced to life imprisonment at a Mississippi penitentiary. Over the course of 60 years, they witness hardship and kindness, cruelty and forgiveness, life and death. But their humorous way of looking at life prevails as their friendship deepens and endures, and the pair never lose hope that one day, somehow, they will walk outside the prison walls as free men.

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 50%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Lively, packed with colorful characters and spiked with outbursts of outrageous banter!"
‑ Todd McCarthy, Variety
"Funny, sad, conventional, unpredictable -- just like the real thing!"
‑ Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune
"Não há atuação que resista a um roteiro fraco como o deste filme."
‑ Pablo Villaca, Cinema em Cena
"If you're looking for comedy nutrition here, you'll find yourself in stand-up anorexic hell."
‑ Elias Savada, Nitrate Online
"Formulaic, obvious and very slow!"
‑ Edward Johnson-Ott, NUVO Newsweekly
"Life desperately wants to let Murphy and Lawrence be actors, but it can't imagine them as anything more than rowdy showmen."
‑ Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly
"Life is a surprise that not only avoids typical trappings, but throws in a tinge of the bittersweet as well."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"Face it folks: Eddie Murphy just ain't funny anymore."
‑ Chuck Rudolph, Matinee Magazine
"Screenwriters Robert Ramsey and Matthew Stone deserve hard time for the tired, plodding shtick they concoct once the duo end up in prison stripes."
‑ Chris Grunden, Film Journal International
"Mostly lifeless because deep down, it's really about other movies."
‑ Gary Thompson, Philadelphia Daily News
"Ribald, funny and sometimes sweet, and well acted by Murphy, Lawrence and a strong supporting cast."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Murphy and Lawrence never quite move beyond shtick."
‑ Rob Gonsalves,
"A failed, if somewhat noble experiment for the two foul-mouthed comedians."
‑ Jeff Vice, Deseret News, Salt Lake City
"An unimaginative plot and a cast of unbelievably wholesome jailbirds."
‑ JoBlo, JoBlo's Movie Emporium
"A maudlin, unfunny mess!"
‑ Matt Diehl, Citysearch
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