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.
After a friend overdoses, Spoon and Stretch decide to kick their drug habits and attempt to enroll in a government detox program. Their efforts are hampered by seemingly endless red tape, ... See full summary »
4 Harlem teens, Q, Bishop, Raheem and Steel, are out skipping school one day when they find out an old friend was killed in a shootout at a bar. After this, Bishop tells his friends that they have no respect, or juice. To get some, they rob a corner grocery store, but things take an unexpected turn. Only the four friends know what happened, but one of them is out for himself.Written by
One of the records that Bishop (Tupac Shakur), Steel (Jermaine "Huggy" Hopkins), and Raheem (Khalil Kain) steal for Q (Omar Epps) at the record store early in the film, is by the rap group EpMD, who is featured in the scene where Blizzard (Darien Berry) holds up the bar with Q as a witness, soon after they leave the record store. Q steals the cassette tape of their album during the scene after distracting the female clerk by asking her out. See more »
When Q fights Bishop at the end, it's obvious he's wearing knee pads. Both when he emerges from the ladder and during the fight. See more »
Quincy, get up! It's after seven o'clock, and your gonna be late for school again. Quincy, did you not hear me? I said get up.
[as he is waking up, under his breath]
It's bullshit, yo.
Excuse me young man, what did you just say?
That's what I thought. Get up.
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I caught this movie late at night while channel surfing and was immediately enthralled. Omar Epps is absolutely fantastic in this movie and his on-screen presence is worth at least viewing this movie once. Shakur was a bit, shall we say, OVERLY dramatic, but not to the point of getting annoying or looking at this as a cheesy "B" movie.
The storyline isn't a bad one and serves to entertain as well as teach. It actually succeeds in doing both. Granted, the movie is a bit predictable, but thankfully this doesn't ruin the experience entirely.
Overall, I give the movie 8 stars. The only real drawbacks being its somewhat predictability and Shakur's tendency to overact.
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