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It's not bad but I wouldn't say it's that great either
The leadactress who plays Filly Brown feels pretty natural and for a minute there I thought maybe she's a real rapper, I started doubting that though when they repeated the same verse on 3 or 4 songs (I lost count) and yeah that annoyed me.
Lou Diamond Philips, Chingo Bling, Noel G does a fine jobs as well but the script feels kinda forced, it should have prolly tried to make it more about Filly Browns struggle then the situations she gets caught up in (and yes there's a difference).
It should also been a little grittier, feels a little sugarcoated at times, and what's up with Filly Brown's friends? The only thing they seem to be up to in life is hoping that Filly will make it so they could become backupdancers for her or some crap, doesn't make sense to me.
It's better than a lot of other 8 MILE-wannabes like Anne B Real and When Thugz Cry that's for sure but no it's far from being as good as 8 MILE though IMO.
I give it a 5/10 which for me represents a okay movie, almost a additional .5 for Gina's performance.
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