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Roxanne Roxanne (2017)

TV-MA | | Biography, Drama, Music | 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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Michael Larnell

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Michael Larnell (screenwriter)
1 win & 4 nominations. See more awards »

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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 ... Classmate #1
Mike Classic Mike Classic ... Concert Patron
Mahershala Ali ... Cross
Curtiss Cook ... Dave
Zurich Buckner Zurich Buckner ... Doug
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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Biography | Drama | Music

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Trivia

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

Goofs

When Shanté is with Marley Marl recording "Roxanne's Revenge," the version heard on the soundtrack is the less-raunchy re-recorded version that came to be after UTFO sued Pop Art Records. See more »

Quotes

Roxanne Shante: ooh
Ms. Peggy: I hear you out here fucking with my door shanté. What do you want?
Roxanne Shante: I want come in.
Ms. Peggy: What time does this key lock my door? You want to be out there, playing with all them hoes, then you keep your ass out there, but stop knocking on my God damn door!
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Crazy Credits

The actors are listed in alphabetical order. Not by their names, but by their character's names. See more »

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Featured in The Month in Movies: March 2018 (2018) See more »

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Change the Beat
Performed by Fab 5 Freddy
Written by Fab 5 Freddy (as Fred Braithwaite) and Bill Laswell
Courtesy of Celluloid Records
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Great Performances ...... Bad Film
31 March 2018 | by AhmedSpielberg99See all my reviews

The only thing that redeems this messy film is the superb acting specially from the lead actress Chanté Adams; she made me care about her character and root for her character, although neither the character's background or the struggles that the character went through have been represented well. Also, Mahershala Ali gave an awesome and powerful performance, he steals every scene he's in in this film.

Don't get me wrong it's a bad film but the great acting is what kept me riveted while watching it.

At the first act, the film tries to show me Roxanne Shanté's backstory which should be important but what I got instead are details about minor characters that don't have anything to do with the story but even that it was hard to figure out who's who. Also, there are a lot of in-your-face messages about racism.

The character of Roxanne Shanté's mother is annoyingly stereotyped and the film gave her dramatic scenes which are so corny. The dialogue is so faked and stilted that it ruined some great acted scenes.

There are many important turning points in the plot that are so rushed.

(5/10)


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23 March 2018 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Roxanne Roxanne See more »

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