30 Years to Life is a 2001 American comedy film, written and directed by Vanessa Middleton. The film, which marks Middleton's directorial debut, stars Allen Payne, Paula Jai Parker, and Tracy Morgan.

30 Years to Life
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Directed byVanessa Middleton
Produced byAndrew LeBlanc
Felice Schachter
Gingi Rochelle
Julie Ann Lucas
Tim Mosley
Vanessa Middleton
Written byVanessa Middleton
StarringAllen Payne
Erika Alexander
Melissa De Sousa
Paula Jai Parker
Tracy Morgan
Music byTimbaland
CinematographyCliff Charles
Edited byGershon Hinkson
Distributed byExodus Entertainment
Screen Media Films
Release date
  • September 5, 2001 (2001-09-05)
Running time
110 minutes
CountryUnited States
Box office$103,540[1]


A handful of close friends, due to turn 30, discover that their dreams for the future are running headfirst into the realities of adulthood in this character-driven comedy-drama. Natalie is a banker who is happy with her job, but is tired of being single, and her pursuit of a husband is taking her down several blind alleys in the world of dating. Joy has developed a similar desire to settle down and get married, but while she has a long-term boyfriend, Leland, he is not so sure he wants to make a lifetime commitment. Troy is a comic who has been on the verge of a career breakthrough for years, but he is starting to wonder if his big break is ever going to arrive. Malik is a white-collar executive who thinks life is passing him by, and is pondering giving up a stable career to start over as a male model. And Stephanie is comfortable with her job in real estate, but she is not so comfortable with herself as she struggles with a weight problem she's had since childhood.


Awards & nominationsEdit

2003 Black Reel Awards
2001 Sundance Film Festival
  • Grand Jury Prize — Dramatic (nominated)


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