History Film / NothingToLose

9th Jul '17 4:07:41 PM ngh93
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9th Jul '17 4:06:28 PM ngh93
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-->"Boy, did you pick the wrong guy on the wrong day."

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[[quoteright:288:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/nothingtolosemovie.jpg]] -->"Boy, did you pick the wrong guy on the wrong day."
6th Jul '17 2:46:26 PM Jan_z_Michal
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''Nothing to Lose'' is a 1997 action-comedy film starring Creator/TimRobbins as Nick Beam and Creator/MartinLawrence as Terrence Paul "T-Paul" Davidson. It was written and directed by Creator/SteveOedekirk.

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''Nothing to Lose'' is a 1997 action-comedy film starring Creator/TimRobbins as Nick Beam and Creator/MartinLawrence as Terrence Paul "T-Paul" Davidson. It was written and directed by Creator/SteveOedekirk.
Creator/SteveOedekerk.



* TheCameo: Creator/SteveOedekirk appears as a lip-synching security guard.

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* TheCameo: Creator/SteveOedekirk Creator/SteveOedekerk appears as a lip-synching security guard.
6th Jul '17 1:58:07 PM Jan_z_Michal
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* GenreBusting:
-->'''Creator/RogerEbert''': "Nothing to Lose" is a five-peat: [[BuddyPicture Buddy Movie]], FishOutOfWater Movie, RoadMovie, MistakenIdentity Movie and [[TheLastOfTheseIsNotLikeTheOthers Corporate Espionage Movie]].
6th Jul '17 8:21:45 AM Jan_z_Michal
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* LeftTheBackgroundMusicOn: Happens more than once, when what was playing in the background in radio turns into soundtrack music.
6th Jul '17 7:51:43 AM Jan_z_Michal
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''Nothing to Lose'' is a 1997 action-comedy film starring Creator/TimRobbins as Nick Beam and Creator/MartinLawrence as Terrence Paul "T-Paul" Davidson. It was written and directed by Creator/SteveOedekirk.



''Nothing to Lose'' is a 1997 action-comedy film starring Creator/TimRobbins as Nick Beam and Creator/MartinLawrence as Terrence Paul "T-Paul" Davidson. It was written and directed by Creator/SteveOedekirk.



* BigGuyLittleGuy: Tim Robbins is at least a foot taller than Martin Lawrence, and while Nick is the one who comes up with the scheme, T-Paul is the one who plans everything out.
* BlastingItOutOfTheirHands: Nick manages to do this to Rig.

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* BigGuyLittleGuy: Tim Robbins Inverted. While Nick is at least a foot taller than Martin Lawrence, T-Paul, he's the smart one and planning ahead in their duo, while Nick is the one who comes up with the scheme, T-Paul is the one who plans everything out.
T provides his street-smarts at best, performing stupid acts of minor thievery at worst.
* BlastingItOutOfTheirHands: [[spoiler: Nick manages to do this to Rig.Rig]].



* ChekhovsGun: The videotape T-Paul makes of Nick trying desperately to [[spoiler: kill a spider ''and'' extinguish his burning shoes comes in very handy at the end]].

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* ChekhovsGun: ChekhovsGun:
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The videotape T-Paul makes of Nick trying desperately to [[spoiler: kill a spider ''and'' extinguish his burning shoes comes in very handy at the end]].end]].
** The golden case full of Nick's business cards.
** The flashlights come with [[spoiler: radio]].
** Inverted with Nick's wallet. It's important not because he has it, but because he throw it away earlier.
* DrivenToSuicide: Nick learns about his wife having an affair with his boss. That makes him so depressed, a carjacker putting a gun to his face doesn't even move him. As the plot progress, he gains a confidence he never even suspected to have, mostly because he doesn't value his own life anymore, hence the title.
-->'''Nick''': I'm sure you're a really scary guy. I'm sure that, normally, people just quiver at the very sound of your voice. But, you see, I, I cant see that right now. I... I... I just see a weak, desperate little man... that probably grew up torturing little animals. Some puny, little uncoordinated... can't-make-the-football-team- so-I'll-pick-on-third-graders-and-steal-their-lunch-money... punk, jerk-off bully... that one day wakes up and realizes he's nothing. Just a sad, pathetic, useless, illiterate piece of inbred shit.
-->'''Rig''': (puts his shotgun under Nick's chin) [[TranquilFury Time to die]].
-->'''Nick''': (in deadpan) That just makes you my best friend.
* EmbarrassingFirstName: As it turns out, the T in T-Paul stands for... Terrance. While the name itself isn't embarrassing at all, it makes a stark contrast with the carjacker persona T was playing up the whole time and is the first true sign of his HiddenDepths.



* GameOfChicken: Since Nick is outright suicidal at this point of his life, he doesn't even flinch when driving head-on toward a truck driven by [[spoiler: the gas owner robbed by T. The other driver eventually chickens and slams right into the police cruiser on Nick's back]].



* HiddenDepths: Turns out T-Paul is not just a random carjacker, but in fact a truly desperate father of two and a loving husband who despite his high technical qualifications can't find any job and escape the ghetto he's trapped in with his family.



* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: [[spoiler: Nick eventually learns there was no affair. Roughtly a hour before that, he robbed his boss and destroyed his art collection in an act of revange said "affair"]].
* NotWhatItLooksLike: Happens twice
** The very opening scene is about Nick and Ann saying a lot of harsh things about each other, implying a serious marriage crisis. Then it turns out to be their game, trying to invent the most ludicrous thing possible to make the other crack up laughing, unable to keep up.
** [[spoiler: Nick finds out Ann in bed with someone and finds his boss' cufflinks in the living room, kicking the entire plot. As it turns out in the end, that was his sister-in-law and her boyfriend and he simply forget about their long-appointed visit]].
* OddCouple: There is absolutely ''nothing'' that Nick and T-Paul have in common and they bicker a lot most of the time. And yet circumstances force them to create a duo so effective at working together, even they are surprised themselves how good team they make.
* OhCrap: Quite literally. [[spoiler: After learning the truth about his wife "affair", Nick jokingly remarks she will have a good laugh after he explains what happend... and then realises ''what he just did'']].
-->'''Nick''': Shit. Shit... Shit! Shit, shiiiiit! Shit, shit, shit, shit, shit, shit, shit, shit, shit!
* PoorCommunicationKills: While it doesn't lead to outright death, [[spoiler: if only Nick called his wife earlier, a lot of events of the film wouldn't happen at all, since he wouldn't be convinced of her infidelity]].



* SassyBlackWoman: Terry's mother is somewhere between this and a ''really'' stern woman, always ready to smack someone with flat palm.
* ScaryBlackMan: Invoked, discussed and played both ways. Nick and T have few discussion about his style of performing robbery pretending to be "a scary motherfucker" and playing up all the negative stereotypes about black armed robbers. They even have a discussion about ''who was more scary with a shop attendant''.
-->'''Nick''': You didn't find what he did as contrived?
-->'''Henry''': No, it was scary.
-->'''Nick''': What part?
-->'''Henry''': The "freeze motherfucker" part was scary and he lead me to believe that if I moved my ass, it might be blown off.



* ASimplePlan: In an outburst of anger against T-Paul's TooDumbToLive acts of petty crime, Nick is dared by T to create a better crime plan if he thinks he's all that smarter. He almost instantly laids down a simple, well-organised plan to rob his boss of his private money without leaving any traces, in the same time taking revange for the affair the boss has with Ann... and then realises this actually might work. [[spoiler: And unlike typical example, despite the plan having few minor setbacks on the way, [[SubvertedTrope they manage to pull it without bigger problems or delays]]]].



* UncleTomfoolery: T-Paul tries to avert this; for all his ghetto carjacker posturing, he only resorts to robbery to support his family because he can't find a job pursuing his true calling in electrical engineering. That said, he ticks all the boxes.

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* UncleTomfoolery: T-Paul tries to avert this; for all his ghetto carjacker posturing, he only resorts to robbery to support his family because he can't find a job pursuing his true calling in electrical engineering. That said, he ticks all the boxes.other boxes.
* WeaponForIntimidation: T's gun is unloaded. And even if it was, it would probably made zero impression on Nick during the carjack, since he outright ignored a gun put to his face.
* WhatYouAreInTheDark: [[spoiler: Nick life seems to spiral toward life of a criminal and then he meets a woman from his office, after already performing the successful robbery. Being drunk and lonely, he follows her seduction and their flirt quickly leads to bed... where Nick hits the wall and realises what he's doing with his life. He excuses her for his shameful behaviour and runs to the phone to call his wife. As it quickly turns out, she wasn't having an affair either, and that means... OhCrap.]]
* WrongSideOfTheTracks: T-Paul and his family live in a modern ghetto variation, where night shooting are common enough to rather ''annoy'' them rather than make shocked or afraid.
6th Jul '17 6:12:24 AM CosmicFerret
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-->''T-Paul'': It means there's a spider on your motherfuckin' head, man!

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-->''T-Paul'': -->'''T-Paul''': It means there's a spider on your motherfuckin' head, man!
5th Jul '17 6:01:06 PM Jan_z_Michal
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-->''T-Paul'': There's a spider on your head.
-->''Nick Beam'': What?
-->''T-Paul'': There's a spider on yo head.
-->''Nick Beam'': Look, I'm sorry, I'm not up on all this jive talkin', home boy lingo, what's that supposed to mean? "There's a spider on your head"?

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-->''T-Paul'': -->'''T-Paul''': There's a spider on your head.
-->''Nick Beam'': -->'''Nick Beam''': What?
-->''T-Paul'': -->'''T-Paul''': There's a spider on yo head.
-->''Nick Beam'': -->'''Nick Beam''': Look, I'm sorry, I'm not up on all this jive talkin', home boy lingo, what's that supposed to mean? "There's a spider on your head"?
5th Jul '17 6:00:38 PM Jan_z_Michal
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* AgonyOfTheFeet: A strange series of events leads to Nick setting his shoes on fire while trying to kill a spider. Short version: his shoes are soaked in gasoline and he managed to step on a book of matches ''just right'' to ignite them. [[FridgeLogic How he managed to do that with safety matches rather than the strike-anywhere type is unclear.]]
* BeneathNotice: T-Paul is able to infiltrate an office building dressed as an electrician sometime before the denouement. Nick is the only one who realizes the significance.

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* AgonyOfTheFeet: A strange series of events leads to [[spoiler: Nick setting his shoes on fire while trying to kill a spider. Short version: his shoes are soaked in gasoline and he managed to step on a book of matches ''just right'' to ignite them. [[FridgeLogic How he managed to do that with safety matches rather than the strike-anywhere type is unclear.unclear]].]]
* BeneathNotice: T-Paul is able to [[spoiler: infiltrate an office building dressed as an electrician sometime before the denouement.denouement]]. Nick is the only one who realizes the significance.



* BrickJoke: You were thinking the small gag with Nick spilling gasoline over his shoes was all that was? Wait for the spider to show up... and ''then'', few scenes later, the gas station attendant comments about [[spoiler: the still smoking shoes]].
-->'''Gas Station Cashier''': You must be really fast.



* ChekhovsGun: The videotape T-Paul makes of Nick trying desperately to kill a spider ''and'' extinguish his burning shoes comes in very handy at the end.

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* ChekhovsGun: The videotape T-Paul makes of Nick trying desperately to [[spoiler: kill a spider ''and'' extinguish his burning shoes comes in very handy at the end.end]].



* GroinAttack: Symbolically, as Nick hacks the phallus off the aforementioned fertility statue with a Katana.
* HoldingTheFloor: Nick tries desperately to invoke this when his boss is reviewing the security tapes from the robbery to prevent him from seeing Nick's uncovered face on the tape. He fails, but T-Paul has another surprise in store.

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* GroinAttack: Symbolically, as Nick hacks the phallus off the aforementioned fertility statue with a Katana.
displayed sword. The statue belongs to a guy having an affair with Nick's wife.
* HoldingTheFloor: Nick tries desperately to invoke this when [[spoiler: his boss is reviewing the security tapes from the robbery to prevent him from seeing Nick's uncovered face on the tape. He fails, but T-Paul has another surprise in store.store]].
* JiveTurkey: While T-Paul subverts it for the most part and only resorts to it when playing up the hardass black robber persona, Nick still overblows it out of proportions when annoyed, opening the most recognisable scene from the whole movie.
-->''T-Paul'': There's a spider on your head.
-->''Nick Beam'': What?
-->''T-Paul'': There's a spider on yo head.
-->''Nick Beam'': Look, I'm sorry, I'm not up on all this jive talkin', home boy lingo, what's that supposed to mean? "There's a spider on your head"?
-->''T-Paul'': It means there's a spider on your motherfuckin' head, man!



* MuggingTheMonster: This essentially kicks off the core of the plot, when T-Paul tries to carjack Nick, and Nick peels off with him in the car.

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* MuggingTheMonster: This essentially kicks off the core of the plot, when T-Paul tries to carjack Nick, and Nick peels off with him in the car.car, having "nothing to lose" at this point.



-->'''Rig:''' There are two kinds of people in the world: Killers, and everybody else. Which one are you, huh?
-->'''Nick:''' I'm ''married''. (shoots Rig's gun)

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-->'''Rig:''' There Nick, are you aware that there are only two kinds of people in on the world: Killers, whole planet? There are killers and then there's everybody else. Which one I'm the killer, Nick, yes, yes, yes, yes, yes, yes, what are you, huh?
Nick?
-->'''Nick:''' I'm ''married''. (shoots [[spoiler: ([[BlastingItOutOfTheirHands shoots Rig's gun)gun]])]]
9th Apr '17 8:17:12 AM CosmicFerret
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* MistakenForCheating: [[spoiler: It turns out that the two people Nick mistook for his wife and his boss having sex in their bed was really his sister-in-law and her fiance having sex in his marital bed. The cufflinks he found ''were'' his boss's, but he'd left them behind during a previous Christmas party and his wife had set them out to return to him.]]

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* MistakenForCheating: [[spoiler: It turns out that the two people Nick mistook for his wife and his boss having sex in their bed was really his sister-in-law and her fiance having sex in his marital said bed. The cufflinks he found ''were'' his boss's, but he'd left them behind during a previous Christmas party and his wife had set them out to return to him.]]
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