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Anne B. Real (2003)

PG-13 | | Drama | 14 June 2003 (USA)
The coming of age story of a young female rapper, who finds her inspiration by reading the Diary of Anne Frank.

Director:

Lisa France

Writers:

Antonio Macia (story), Antonio Macia (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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4 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Carlos Leon ... Juan Gimenez
Eric Smith Eric Smith ... Deuce
Jackie Quinones ... Kitty
Sherri Saum ... Janet Gimenez
Geronimo Frias ... Darius (as Geronimo Frias Jr.)
Antonio Macia ... Michael Dominguez
Janice Richardson ... Cynthia Gimenez (as Janice Richardson aka 'JNYCE')
Julia Moran Julia Moran ... Young Cynthia
Omas Diaz Omas Diaz ... Young Juan
David Zayas ... Cynthia's Dad
David Cera David Cera ... Gomez - Drug Dealer #1
Zhamyr 'Summy' Cueva Zhamyr 'Summy' Cueva ... Eduardo, Drug Dealer #2
Kamau Hervert Kamau Hervert ... Self - Rapper
Charles Holt ... Angel
'Nesta' Ward 'Nesta' Ward ... Frank
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The coming of age story of a young female rapper, who finds her inspiration by reading the Diary of Anne Frank.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

ANNE FRANK meets 8 MILE.

Genres:

Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for violence and drug content
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Crazy Credits

We thank the ANNE FRANK - Fonds. Basel, the Copyright holder for allowing us to quote some sentences out of Anne Frank's Diary See more »


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Phony Rappers
Written by Q-Tip, Phife Dawg, Ali Shaheed Muhammad
Performed by A Tribe Called Quest
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Well done
27 July 2010 | by vchimpanzeeSee all my reviews

First of all, I should mention I'm 49 years old and white and don't care for rap music.

But this appeared to be a quality production, with important lessons, positive messages, good writing and good acting. Just don't get too attached to anyone because in this neighborhood, you can't be sure anyone will survive to the end.

Cynthia's father was a dedicated teacher at an aging New York City high school in a bad section of the city. When she was young, he gave her Anne Frank's famous diary to read.

Now Cynthia is a student at that high school. Her father is deceased and her family is on welfare. They include Cynthia, her mother, her grandmother, her brother Juan, her sister Janet, and Janet's baby. Cynthia's mother is Latina and doesn't look black. I'm not clear on her father's racial background but he had a Spanish-sounding name. Anyway, Cynthia looks black and thinks of herself as black.

Several teachers at the school, particularly Michael, believe that at least some of these kids can be reached, despite what the neighborhood is like. Cynthia is one of them, though she has had difficulty since her father's death. But reading about Anne Frank has inspired her and she now writes rap lyrics inspired by Anne. As "Anne B. Real", she raps in front of a mirror. In the same mirror she imagines people she knows criticizing her.

Meanwhile, Juan supposedly has had a job, but the only way he seems to make money is by selling lyrics to up-and-coming rapper Deuce. Deuce wants to impress those who can make him a star, so he claims the lyrics are his own. Of course, so does Juan--who, by the way, uses too much of his money to buy drugs, and gets into situations that could put him behind bars.

Cynthia's friends include Kitty, who looks very white but is more street in her speech than most of the movie's characters. She could be considered comic relief. There is also Jerome, who has been on his own since age 12, and he has to get by delivering drugs. Darius is a very European-looking Latino who seems to want a romantic relationship with Cynthia.

Deuce has a girlfriend who is quite pretty and thinks she is "all that". I didn't catch her name but she adds a lot.

The stories of Deuce and Cynthia are interesting, and both characters have a lot of determination, but Cynthia is the strongest character here. She needs to be strong, too, because she will be put through a lot (so will the audience), and JNyce is quite effective.

But despite this movie taking me out of my comfort zone, I think it was a worthwhile experience.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 June 2003 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Анна Б. Риал See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA See more »

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Dolby Digital

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