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Changing the Game (2012)

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An epic tale about a supremely intelligent young African-American male who rises from the ferocious and oppressive streets of North Philadelphia to being a shining star in the lucrative ... See full summary »

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Mrs. Davis
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Young Andre 'Dre' Newell
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Ms. Brown
Summer Valentine ...
Angelina
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Grandma Barnes
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Dre as an Adult (as Dennis LA White)
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Nichole
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Curtis the Diabolical / FBI Agent
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Reba Jones (as Kendia R. Jones)
Ernest Butts ...
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Craig (as Kirk 'Sticky Fingaz' Jones)
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Goldie
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Marty Levine
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An epic tale about a supremely intelligent young African-American male who rises from the ferocious and oppressive streets of North Philadelphia to being a shining star in the lucrative world of high finance at Wall Street's most prestigious firm. However, he soon finds that the white-collar world is filled with crime and death just like the drug-filled hood he left behind. His only chance of survival is to fully integrate a mysterious gift from a slain childhood friend fully into the fabric of his character. Written by Rel Dowdell

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When the game changes, so does everything you thought you had seen.

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Rated R for language throughout, some drug content, sexuality/nudity and violence
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Dre as an Adult: It is necessary when establishing an organization and setting down the laws, to presume that all men are evil. And that they will always act according to the weakness of their spirits whenever they get a chance.
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Not very good and definitely not game-changing at all
3 November 2012 | by (Sweden) – See all my reviews

Tons of positive reviews here I'm guessing most of them was involved in the making of the movie or friends/relatives with the people in the movie cause this movie is by no means a masterpiece or anything of that sorts.

Lowbudget movie, very preachy, I laughed out loud to the scenes in the beginning where the little boy told his sob-story to his teacher who started to cry right after the violins kicked in, truly hilarious the dialog written for that 7 year-old sounding like a old man talking about a broken childhood.

Anywaysc the movie progresses same ol hood-movie formula for a bit, the only difference is that they throw in random quotes from Nicholos Machiavelli to make it look like the movie is smarter than it is.

40 minutes in or whatever the lead starts "changing the game" and move on to a big successful company, but really he's not changing anything he's not even part of "the game" if by the game you mean anything tied to his hood, and he doesn't change "the game" of the business-side of things either.

Anyways he gets caught up in some shady deals and whatnot the same ol story we've seen before.

Anyways the acting is overall bad, the story is not very interesting, the movie definitely feels longer than it is, the characters are underdeveloped ESPECIALLY the female roles which have nothing more to offer than looking pretty (with the exceptions of the grandmother who is the heart of the movie I suppose).

I'll give it a 4 out of 10 cause I guess I've seen worse hood-movies and it did at least try to attempt something new as far as these kinds of movies goes but it fails and feels very amateurishly made from all parts.

The twist ending was just dumb, I could go into details why it's dumb but I'm not gonna spoil it in case you still want to watch it after reading all this.

Oh yeah and if you think the DVD-cover look like a flossy bigbudget movie you could not be more wrong even despite of the fancy suits this looks like a lowbudget movie from beginning to end.

I'd recommend Empire instead with John Leguizamo and Peter Sarsgaard if you want a movie combining streets and shady businesses instead.


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