Martin Lawrence Live: Runteldat
- 1 hr 53 min
Martin Lawrence Live: Runteldat captures the standup comedian at a performance in Washington DC, covering topics from his beleaguered personal life, sexuality and the state of American politics. The film opens with a documentary style review of Lawrence’s recent troubles including an infamous arrest for disturbing the peace, a contentious divorce and an embarrassing hospitalization. Then, Lawrence takes the stage to an appreciative audience to find humor in his very public meltdowns. His style is very raunchy and full of expletives, so the movie's material is best suited to mature audiences. A few years before the show, Lawrence was arrested in Los Angeles for running up and down Ventura Blvd. while shouting at pedestrians and passing cars. In his routine, he jokes about how his drug use led to the famous incident. His next public meltdown occurred while he was trying to get in shape for a movie role. On the hottest day of the year, he decided to go jogging and quickly collapsed into a coma from heat exhaustion. Lawrence manages to find humor in his physical helplessness and incontinence. After his very public meltdowns, Lawrence’s personal life also falls apart when his wife files for divorce, which he uses as a jumping off point to discuss the complicated relationship between men and women, love and sex. He very graphically discusses the complications of sexual life, from styles, positions and choices, while also atoning for his own bad behavior and poor choices. He then moves on from the personal to the political, discussing how the events of 9/11 have changed race relations, bringing black and white Americans together in a racist attitude towards Muslims. While always finding humor in his circumstances, Martin also unabashedly reveals his own complex personality and the unique pressures of Hollywood celebrity. This funny and raunchy film can give his fans a new appreciation of his unique comic style and no-holds-barred attitude.