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Notorious (2009)

R  |   |  Biography, Drama, Music  |  16 January 2009 (USA)
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The life and death story of Notorious B.I.G. (a.k.a. Christopher Wallace), who came straight out of Brooklyn to take the world of rap music by storm.

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Storyline

NOTORIOUS is the story of Christopher Wallace. Through raw talent and sheer determination, Wallace transforms himself from Brooklyn street hustler (once selling crack to pregnant women) to one of the greatest rappers of all time; THE NOTORIOUS B.I.G. Follow his meteoric rise to fame and his refusal to succumb to expectations - redefining our notion of "The American Dream." Written by Fox Searchlight Pictures

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No dream is too big See more »

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Biography | Drama | Music

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Rated R for pervasive language, some strong sexuality including dialogue, nudity, and for drug content | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

16 January 2009 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Untitled Notorious B.I.G. Project  »

Box Office

Budget:

$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$20,497,596 (USA) (16 January 2009)

Gross:

$36,842,118 (USA) (27 March 2009)
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Trivia

Most of the film was adapted from the book, "Unbelievable: The Life, Death and Afterlife of the Notorious B.I.G." by Cheo Hodari Coker. Writer Reggie Rock Bythewood revised Coker's draft. See more »

Goofs

When Biggie is free-styling, Lil Kim is first seen with her mole on the left side of her face. When it cuts back to Biggie rapping and back to her, it switches to the right side of her face. Again it cuts back to her after Biggie is seen rapping and the mole is back on the left side of her face. See more »

Quotes

Notorious B.I.G.: That shit just clicked. Puffy gave it the gloss. The way them sneers hitting them vocals drop, he took that track from one hundred percent to two hundred percent. They started sayin' we brought Funk back to Hip Hop. All I know is I was doing what I always did.
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References Above the Rim (1994) See more »

Soundtracks

Pimps & Macs
Music by Kahron 'KC Hustle' Clement
Lyrics by The Notorious B.I.G. (as Christopher Wallace)
Performed by Jamal Woolard
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No, No, No
18 June 2009 | by (Brighton, UK) – See all my reviews

This film reminded me of The Sopranos, and not in a good way.

David Chase's seminal mob opera only ever put its foot wrong twice, the most jarring and inexplicable instance of which took place in its fourth season, when Junior Soprano went on trial for his life. Rather than pursue this riveting (and pivotal) plot line, the writers instead chose to completely ignore it, focusing instead on Bobby Baccalieri's constant whimpering over his recently deceased wife's frozen pasta dish.

When something of genuine interest happens in Notorious - for example that first, mysterious assassination attempt on Tupac Shakur that ignited the whole East Coast/West Coast feud in the first place, and ended up leading to the deaths of both Tupac and Christopher Wallace - the film treats it as just another bit of plot to plod through. Why exactly was Tupac so convinced that he was sold out by his own people? Did he alone nurture his subsequent affiliation with Suge Knight? And was Lil' Kim's transformation from prim office drone into sex-obsessed, vampish diva really as banal as it appears here?

None of these questions are even fleetingly addressed by the film's screenwriters, who are far more interested in depicting Wallace's turbulent love life to zero compelling dramatic avail. These sequences (including a brain-frazzlingly clichéd groupie indescretion in a hotel room) are so toothless and bruisingly manipulative that the only real comparison to be made is with a network TV movie.

The storytelling, in both structure and content, is simplistic and trite. But more fundamentally, as a biopic; as something designed to celebrate its subject and educate the uninitiated on the intricacies of their life and work; the film is almost entirely worthless. The reliance on meat-and-potatoes genre plotting, coupled with the lifeless musical performances (an area in which a film like this should soar, surely) result in a film that appears to have been designed only to satisfy the whims and demands of those involved, leaving Wallace's questionable status as a giant in his field as the preserve of the easily persuaded and previously converted only.

And the final twenty minutes, in which Wallace's posthumous cultural identity is broadly painted as being akin to that of a latter day saint, quite frankly made me feel like throwing up.

On that score, much as with any other, Notorious is crass, calculating and compromised.


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