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Pop quiz: what do Denzel Washington’s Antwone Fisher, Matt Ruskin and Chris Rolle’s documentary The Hip-Hop Project and James L. Brooks’ upcoming rom-com How Do You Know all have in common? Any guesses? Anyone? Okay, I’ll tell you: all three films, in their finished form, include over one use of the word “fuck” during the course of their running time. Yet oddly enough, despite the MPAA’s staunch ‘one ‘fuck’ per PG-13 film’ rule, two of these films–Antwone Fisher (three “fucks”) and The Hip Hop Project (seventeen)–somehow managed to avoid being slapped with an R-rating, and instead were deemed suitably appropriate for a PG-13.
How Do You Know, on the other hand, hasn’t been quite as lucky. Earlier this week Sony found their film slapped with an R-rating, on account of the film’s usage of the word ‘fuck’ three times. After losing an appeal to overturn the rating, »
- Ben Brown
The Hip Hop Project is a documentary that focuses on the experiences of a group of teenagers from a rough part of New York City who join a program to independently produce a collaborative hip-hop album. The program — the Hip Hop Project of the title — is founded and initially taught by Chris 'Kazi' Rolle, a once-homeless rapper in his twenties. The film was released on single-disc DVD in North America in January by Image Entertainment/E1.
Want to know more? As the directorial debut of Matt Ruskin, The Hip Hop Project focuses on the first cohort of students to pass through Kazi's program. The film provides little detail on how Kazi started the Hip Hop Project but it is clear that he was helped by generous donations of time and facilities. In his interviews he gives particular praise to Robin 'Kheperah' Kearse, a speaker on hip hop, youth empowerment and personal development. »
Not a lot of exciting releases this week on DVD, but I'm sure some people will be interested in checking out a couple of last year's biggest 3-D movies, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs and The Final Destination. Also, if you need to catch up before the next season starts on HBO, Big Love: The Complete Third Season is out today, and on Blu-ray, you've got Battlestar Galactica: Season 1 plus a couple of Stacy Peralta documentaries. I don't want to tell you how to spend your money, but you might want to wait for next week instead. Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs  (+ Blu-ray ) The Final Destination  (+ Blu-ray ) Trucker  50 Dead Men Walking  (+ Blu-ray ) Lorna's Silence  The Ministers  (+ Blu-ray ) 3 Ways To Get a Husband  The Hip Hop Project  10 Things I Hate About You: 10th Anniversary Edition  (+ Blu-ray ) Big Love: Season 3  Chuck: The Complete Second Season  (+ Blu-ray ) Iron Man »
3 items from 2010
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