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Roxanne Roxanne (2017)

TV-MA | | Drama | 23 March 2018 (USA)
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In the late 80s/ early 1990s, the most feared battle MC in Queens, New York, was a fierce teenage girl with the weight of the world on her shoulders. At the age of 14, Lolita "Roxanne ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Germar Terrell Gardner ... Antwan
Adam Horovitz ... Attorney Schwartz
Terrence Shingler ... Big John
Nigel A. Fullerton ... Biz (as Nigel Fullerton)
Kristin Dodson Kristin Dodson ... Classmate #1
Mike Classic Mike Classic ... Concert Patron
Mahershala Ali ... Cross
Curtiss Cook ... Dave
Zurich Buckner Zurich Buckner ... Doug
Lyric Hurd Lyric Hurd ... Fastima
Anthony Bisciello ... Frank
Melvin Mogoli ... Jake
Sean Ringgold ... Keith
Eden Duncan-Smith ... Latifa
Caleb Eberhardt ... Lounge Patron
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In the late 80s/ early 1990s, the most feared battle MC in Queens, New York, was a fierce teenage girl with the weight of the world on her shoulders. At the age of 14, Lolita "Roxanne Shanté" Gooden was well on her way to becoming a hip-hop legend as she hustled to provide for her family while defending herself from the dangers of the streets of the Queensbridge Projects in NYC. Written by J. Daniels

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Also Known As:

Роксана Роксана See more »

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Actress Chanté Adams mother named her after the real Roxanne Chanté. See more »

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A photo of the real Roxanne Shante with her baby is shown after the end credits. See more »

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What a let down.
25 March 2018 | by MovieCriticOnlineSee all my reviews

I love hip-hop history, but very few films ever get it right, with the exception of Wild Style, Style Wars, and Beat Street, no other film captured the hip-hop scenes.

And unfortunately, Roxanne Roxanne didn't break the legacy of any of those 3 films. It just didn't feel like they were living in the times of 80s from the clothes to the hairdos. it was more like the 70s.

The lead girl was actually pretty good, but the directing wasn't very good. It was hard to figure out where they were sometimes and what they are doing and why, location and time wise.

There was a failure by the writer to establish a good relationship. And the music was all off. Sometimes it felt the 80s, but then the music felt 70s and vice versa. The wrong wardrobes, which must have been done by people that didn't know the times, like the oversizes Adidas tracksuits and pulled down Kangol hats. All wrong. not the style of NYC hip hop at that time.

Too many close-ups. Maybe they were trying to avoid the 2000s scenery. There were also too many characters, which made it hard to follow. They should have focused on 1-3 an then let the time period and progression surround around those characters, instead of adding too many.

The movie was just poorly executed and was way too many scenes that were supposed to create an emotional connection were either forced or rushed or both.

It's like this film was written and directed by someone that wasn't there at the time or just too young to have known the times the film takes place and then just adding a few words here and there they got from a Hip Hop lexicon. I.e. they read a hip-hop history book and then imagined what it was like. I was right after watching this.

Just sad the subject matter wasn't handled properly. It could have been a great story if done right. Just too many things weren't believable. There was too much unnecessary resistance.


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