A coming of age story about an inner-city youth raised by a hardworking single mother. When his dream of becoming a basketball player fails to materialize, he finds himself employed in a ... See full summary »
Story of a promising high school basketball star and his relationships with two brothers, one a drug dealer and the other a former basketball star fallen on hard times and now employed as a security guard.
50 Cent hired an acting coach but Jim Sheridan had the woman removed from the set. Sheridan told 50 "If this fails, it won't be because you can't act. It's because I didn't direct you right." See more »
When Keryl, Marcus, and Justice go to take revenge against the Colombians, Marcus gets out of the car immediately after it stops. In the next shot, he is still inside chatting with his buddies about the weapon. See more »
Crack meant money, money meant power and power meant war. We shot the Columbians, the Columbians shot us.
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by 50 Cent, Derrick Brown, Rafael Hernández (as Rafael Hernandez Marin) & Gene Nash
Performed by 50 Cent
Produced by Vitamin D
Contains a sample of "Bump Me Baby"
by Rafael Hernandez Marin & Gene Nash
Performed by Bill Pursell and The Nashville Sweat Band Aides
Courtesy of Henstone Music, Inc. See more »
Not the greatest movie of all time, but worth seeing
The criticism of this film reminds me of that received for Jarhead. People said Jarhead was not a war movie, and the Get Rich or Die Trying had to little to do with rap. My question is, why doesn't this make it a bad film? And to make one last comparison, this film way out did anything 8 Mile attempted (much more of a social critique).
The strength in this film is derived from it's black and white presentation of the "dope game" and how for fifty it was either sleep in a cellar, or buy a Mercedes. Sheridan did a good depiction of how selling drugs is an easy escape, a way to make you feel like a man. The best and most powerful scene in this film is when someone slips a razor blade in his solitary cell in order for him to kill himself. He remarks, "I thought about it". I also enjoyed the non-romanticized violence, and how the drug game was not altogether glorified.
The downfall of this film is it's over dramatized scenes, and it may be a little to long, however, a good critique of Black Urban society, and well worth your 8 dollars.
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