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The Beat (2003)

R  |   |  Action, Comedy, Drama  |  16 August 2005 (USA)
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In a split narrative, a young man follows two paths: his father's dream of him becoming a cop, and his own dream of becoming a rapper



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Credited cast:
Rahman Jamaal ...
Kazz Wingate IV ...
Cassius 'Cash' Bernard
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
4-Zone ...
Crazy 8 (as Chino XL)
Takbir Bashir ...
Young Businessman
Steve Connell ...
Bumma (as John Cothran Jr.)
Toby Howard ...
Quentin Bernard


In a split narrative, a young man follows two paths: his father's dream of him becoming a cop, and his own dream of becoming a rapper

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Two Roads, One Path.


Action | Comedy | Drama

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Rated R for pervasive language and some violence | See all certifications »




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16 August 2005 (USA)  »

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$700,000 (estimated)

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1.85 : 1
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A hip-hop film that isn't cheesy
31 January 2006 | by (New York) – See all my reviews

-This movie is definitely worth watching-

From my movie watching experience I've gathered that it's a real challenge to make a quality, fictional portrayal of an up and coming rapper, or for that matter any film that centers around the hip-hop culture. First of all, this is a solid movie regardless of its subject matter. It's thoroughly entertaining, well acted, moving, humorous at times and all that good stuff. I would not go so far as to call this a great film, but it is a very good first effort from a director that you'll certainly hear about again (Brandon Sonnier). The music aspect is certainly just one facet of this movie, which is ultimately a pretty intense drama.

As a hip-hop film, The Beat also succeeds. The main character does his own rhyming; well enough that it was difficult to tell whether he is an actor/rapper or a rapper/actor, which I guess is a good thing. If you like rap, the music in the film is good, not amazing, but definitely worthy of being listened to. If you don't like rap, I wouldn't expect to love the soundtrack, but I do think the music is palatable for almost all audiences. The portrayal of the hip-hop scene/culture is not over the top and all the characters are believable personalities. There are some rap stars in the film too, which adds a bit of attraction if you listen to hip-hop.

Essentially, this is not another movie with Eminem or 50 Cent deciding to become movie stars. It's... better than that.

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