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Martin Lawrence Live: Runteldat

comedy, documentary

The controversial bad-boy of comedy delivers a piercing look at his life, lifting the metaphorical smokescreen that he feels has clouded the public view...

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

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common sense

0 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
3 out of 5
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The comedy here is for adults only.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that this film has more coarse language than anything else you are likely to see all year, and anyone who has been offended by his previous acts, from "You So Crazy!" to "Def Comedy Jam," should skip this one. He avoids being sexist or racist himself, and addresses both topics extensively. Interestingly, his only references to drugs and alcohol are commenting on what an ass he made of himself when he had too much of either.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about the risks and rewards of working as hard as Lawrence does (he talks about stand-up being one of the hardest things anyone can do) and getting as far as he has if that means embarrassing oneself with substance abuse and having his private life in the public eye.

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

Top Critic Reviews

Rotten: Comes off as a long, laborious whine, the bellyaching of a paranoid and unlikable man.

- Adam Nayman, eye WEEKLY, Monday, January 6, 2003

Fresh: You either find his jokes funny or you don't. But no one can mistake the ferocious energy of a performer for whom making people laugh has been not just a gift but a matter of survival.

- Ann Hornaday, Washington Post, Friday, August 2, 2002

Rotten: In English, means Run Tell That.

- Cole Smithey,, Thursday, June 24, 2010