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Get Rich or Die Tryin' Review Critics


Dave White Profile

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  • 3.0

    out of 100

    Mixed or average reviews
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  • 50

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    Movie stardom is seductive, but 50 Cent and his fans will be best served if he sticks to to his day job.

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  • 58

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Lisa Schwarzbaum

    Neither powerful nor interesting. It is a run-of-the-mill movie ''product'' developed as part of a 50 Cent marketing plan.

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  • 60

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Kirk Honeycutt

    For all its biographical truth, Get Rich's journey into a ghetto of hustlers, gangstas and mindless violence is all too familiar.

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  • 63

    out of 100

    Chicago Tribune

    Sheridan's ensemble ensures that "Get Rich," the film, comes to life around the edges, if not at its center.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    A film with a rich and convincing texture, a drama with power and anger.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

not for kids

Mythic tale based on 50 Cent's life; not for kids.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that younger teens are going to want to see this movie. It includes frequent violence (shooting, stabbing, fist fights) and its consequences (loss of friends and family, funerals, desires for revenge and discussions of alternatives). The hero appears in the hospital, in emergency surgery, and near death, as the film flashes back to his birth in a diner. A woman is burned to death in her home (her killer claims to have raped her first, though we don't see this). The hero starts his drug dealing career as a child, shoots rivals, and is shot himself, in a brutal scene shown twice. Prisoners fight in a shower, showing naked bodies and bloody effects of stabbing and beating. One sex scene includes close-ups of body parts. Dialogue and lyrics include frequent cursing (including "f--k" and the "N" word).

  • Families can talk about Marcus' choices: to be a drug dealer (to "get paid") or to try another route to "get out of the ghetto." How does the movie make Marcus sympathetic despite the fact that we see him shoot another dealer? How does this story add to the myth that 50 Cent has created about his life? Does the movie glamorize a violent lifestyle? Do your kids think this movie is true?

The good stuff
  • message true0

    Messages: Again, the hero is a drug dealer, though he learns to "express himself" in music rather than violence.

What to watch for
  • violence false5

    Violence: Shooting opens the film (brutal assault on hero, who then tells his story in flashback); multiple shootings, stabbings, fist fights, and one death by machete.

  • sex false5

    Sex: Sexual language and slang for genitals; two sex scenes (one implied, the second shot in softlit body-part close-ups); naked male prisoners fight in a shower (long shot on this scene holds for a couple of minutes, to show bodies in desperate struggle).

  • language false5

    Language: Frequent cursing (including f-word) and use of n-word, in dialogue and lyrics.

  • consumerism false3

    Consumerism: Young characters yearn for new sneakers; discussion of wanting money to buy shoes and other gear.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Hero is a drug dealer who goes straight; film includes smoking, drinking, and drug use and making.