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Rappin' (1985)

PG  |   |  Drama, Music, Musical  |  11 May 1985 (USA)
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An ex-con and break-dancer helps save a neighborhood from a greedy developer while trying to win a rap contest.

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Richie Abanes ...
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Leo O'Brien ...
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Charles Grant ...
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Ruth Jaroslow ...
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Fredric Mao ...
Mr. Chan
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Brandi Freund ...
Rosalita
Eyde Byrde ...
Grandma (as Edye Byrde)
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An ex-con and break-dancer helps save a neighborhood from a greedy developer while trying to win a rap contest.

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Catch the rhythm... Feel the heat... It's the hottest film comin' to the street.

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'Mario Van Peeble''s rapping sequences were re-voiced by Ice-T. See more »

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Snack Attack
Performed by Melvin Plowden, Mario Van Peebles, Eriq La Salle, Kadeem Hardison, Richie Abanes
Written by Larry K. Smith (as Larry Smith), Robert Jay Litz (as Robert Litz),
Adam Friedman, Mario Van Peebles, Robert Kobrin
Produced by Larry K. Smith (as Larry Smith)
Co-Produced by Steve Loeb
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Song & dance number...dog & pony show
6 February 2007 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

I have copy of this on VHS, I think they (The television networks) should play this every year for the next twenty years. So that we don't forget what was and that we remember not to do the same mistakes again. Like putting some people in the director's chair, where they don't belong. This movie Rappin' is like a vaudevillian musical, for those who can't sing, or act. This movie is as much fun as trying to teach the 'blind' to drive a city bus.

John Hood, (Peebles) has just got out of prison and he's headed back to the old neighborhood. In serving time for an all-to-nice crime of necessity, of course. John heads back onto the old street and is greeted by kids dogs old ladies and his peer homeys as they dance and sing all along the way.

I would recommend this if I was sentimental, or if in truth someone was smoking medicinal pot prescribed by a doctor for glaucoma. Either way this is a poorly directed, scripted, acted and even produced (I never thought I'd say that) satire of ghetto life with the 'Hood'. Although, I think the redeeming part of the story, thru the wannabe gang fight sequences and the dance numbers, his friends care about their neighbors and want to save the ghetto from being torn down and cleaned up and built new. This is a great depiction of Ice-T though. His worst performance yet? Maybe. From Heart break Ridge with Clint Eastwood to this tale of the rappin' life-sentence. Oh well, he wasn't that good as stitch jones playing electric guitar either.

Forget Sonny spoon, Mario could have won an Oscar for that in comparison to this Rap. Oh well if you find yourself wanting to laugh yourself silly and three-quarters embarrassed, be sure to drink first.

And please, watch responsibly. (No stars, better luck next time!)


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