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All Eyez on Me | 2017 | R | - 7.7.10

Biopic that follows the life and career of the late Tupac Shakur -- rapper, poet, actor and social activist (Demetrius Shipp Jr.) from his childhood in Harlem to fame to his murder in 1996. Also with Kat Graham, Lauren Cohan, Hill Harper, Kadida Jones and Danai Gurira. Directed by Benny Boom. [2:20]

SEX/NUDITY 7 - A woman wears a tight fitting jersey mini-dress (we see cleavage, and sides and hips through side cut-outs) and dances close to a man and kisses him in a club; she rubs her chest and buttocks against his chest and groin, she kneels and we see an erection outline in the man's trousers as she begins to open his fly to perform oral sex and the scene ends (we hear that the couple had sex that night). A shirtless man and a woman wearing a bra and skimpy underwear kiss passionately; she lies on top of him on a bed and the scene ends (sex is implied).
 At a hotel room party, several women wearing tight skimpy outfits sit in a man's lap or close to him on a couch, revealing cleavage and the bottoms of buttocks and in the morning the shirtless man is seen lying face down with three nude women around him (one woman lies face up exposing her bare breasts and a buttock; another woman exposes breasts and one buttock, and we also see women's buttocks sticking out from under covers). A woman wearing a tight leatherette jumpsuit (we see cleavage and fully bare legs up to the groin) goes to a man's hotel room and she lies on top of his shirtless back as he tells her to leave.
 A bar party scene shows several women topless with breasts and nipples exposed in a blurred background; a few women wear tight slacks that hug their curves, especially of buttocks. The blurry image of a woman wearing only bikini bottoms is shown as she is seated on a couch and we see a blurry breast, buttock and thigh. A woman lies across the arms of an armchair, wearing only a bikini bottom. We see a blurred image of a woman on a couch, exposing one hip and thigh, lying beside someone clothed. A woman wears a skimpy bra-top and thong underwear that expose cleavage and with her back to the audience, she wiggles her buttocks in a tight close-up and then walks away from the camera, exposing bare buttocks that jiggle. Several scenes show women wearing low-cut, tight jersey blouses and mini-dresses or short-shorts that reveal cleavage, full thighs and some cut-outs on the upper backs and middle rib area. A woman wears a top unzipped to the waist, revealing the inner curves of both breasts. We see the side of a woman's breast in close-up. A few women wear legless shorts that reveal bare legs up to the groin. A shirtless man is seen with tattoos in a few scenes. A woman displays a vertical line of tattoos on one side of her abdomen. A woman rubs her pregnant belly that is covered by a sweater. A man changes his trousers and we briefly see his boxers and knees. Two women wearing bikinis stand in a pool and we can see bare shoulders, cleavage, and upper abdomens.
 A man grabs his groin while dancing in four scenes. A woman wearing a silver jeweled bikini rubs the shoulders and chest of a man in a bathtub for a music video; we see cleavage and abdomen. A man and a woman kiss briefly in three scenes and a man and a woman hug in one scene.
 A woman bursts into a hotel room, babbling and crying, screaming that someone sexually assaulted her and the scene ends.


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VIOLENCE/GORE 7 - Several men curse at each other and fistfight in a park until one man fires a handgun several times, accidentally hitting a six-year-old boy; we see the boy curl into a ball in his mother's arms (no blood), dead, as she screams and cries. Two men beat a man and another man leaves his car, pulls a handgun, and shoots the attackers several times off-screen (we hear that they died and that they were off duty policemen). A car and a limousine stop at a red light at night and a handgun is shown as the passenger of the first car is shot several times; the driver of the first car speeds to a hospital and is stopped by police who draw guns as the victim is laid on the pavement (we see the man's shirt soaked with blood and he looks woozy).
 Men argue and curse in a prison yard, an older man is handed a knife by a younger man and the older man walks by a man with whom he argued and stabs him in the abdomen and stomach; the victim falls with blood on his shirt and one hand and dies as guards fire gas canisters and other men sit on the ground, coughing. A woman on a motel balcony screams and stabs a man in the abdomen several times and we see a little blood.
 A man is shot by another man during a robbery in a hotel lobby as men and women scream, running away, and we see the victim fall to the floor with blood showing; the victim's forehead streams with blood, as does one hand and we see him carried on a gurney and wearing a neck brace and three hours after surgery, he pulls out the IV lines and monitor cables and leaves the hospital, saying someone's trying to kill him.
 A man confronts another man at a dinner about stealing business, curses at him, slams his own fist into a china dinner plate of food, and then stuffs the food and the broken plate into the victim's mouth, causing some bleeding; he pours champagne down the victim's throat and we hear gasping as the victim screeches, "I'm sorry" three times, as the man is removed from the room and we hear a beating and screams in the hallway off-screen (the man may be dead). A man jaywalks and two police officers grab him, beat him, choke him, and smash his face (we see some blood). Two police officers beat up a man in a street. Two men in a hallway of a studio grab a singer, accidentally break the glass from a poster (we hear tinkling glass), they take the man into a room and we hear beating sounds and screams. Two prison guards curse a prisoner, call him rude names and beat and kick him in a hallway. A woman shouts at an FBI agent and FBI agents later break into her home and she slaps one of them in the face hard as another man pushes her to her knees and the scene ends (her young children watch). A man makes a gun shape with his hand and fingers, points at a man's temple and shouts, Pow!" A man grabs a knife from the galley on an airplane and hides it (he does not use it).
 A screaming woman leaves a hotel room (please see the Sex/Nudity category for more details) where two men remain, arguing then go to the lobby, where several police officers point handguns at them, yell, and arrest them in handcuffs; one of the men is charged with rape.
 A man tells another man, "I'll bite your [F-word deleted] nose off. I'll crush your [F-word deleted] skull." A man argues briefly with a reporter. A man argues loudly with his mother in several scenes and a studio owner in two scenes, shouting and cursing. A man argues with a woman several times.
 We hear that a song is about a 12-year-old girl raped by her cousin and having a baby on a bathroom floor; she goes on, does drugs and becomes a prostitute, and then is murdered. Prison guards yell at and belittle new prisoners. Older prisoners make rude hand gestures at a new prisoner. A prisoner yells at a new prisoner, "Kill yourself, [N-word deleted]!" We see a caption that reads that a man died in six days from gunshot wounds. A man appears in court in a wheelchair, with his whole scalp bandaged and his hand and forearm bandaged and he is later sentenced to 18 months to four years for "illegal touching." We hear that a mother and two children must move a half-dozen times because she and her husband are in the Black Panthers and he held up an armored car and killed two guards. Death Row Records creates a logo of the outline of a man in an electric chair with a hood covering his head. A singer's marketing logo, "Thug Life," is shown on knit caps. Protestors in front of a jail chant for freedom for Black Panthers. A Black Panther leader speaks to a gathering and says, "You must be willing to die for something." A record label owner says, "Death row is a way of life."
 A woman in shadows fires prop machine guns for several seconds at the beginning and the end of a song set (the gun makes sparks as well). Men sit in a cemetery that is being used for a movie; we see many rows of tall old headstones.
 A hotel room is left littered with dozens of empty champagne and wine bottles and many takeout cartons and we hear that the party giver was arrested 10 times between 1991 and 1993.


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LANGUAGE 10 - At least 179 F-words and its derivatives, 7 obscene hand gestures, 4 sexual references, 84 scatological terms, 23 anatomical terms, 27 mild obscenities, 47 derogatory terms for African-Americans, name-calling (crazy, stupid, scrub, Hollywood, boy, fat boy, big boy, midget, hoochy mamas, racist, fascist, imperialistic, rat game, woman), 12 religious profanities (GD), 11 religious exclamations (e.g. No Man But God, Lord, Good God, God, God Knows, I'm In God's Hands, Jesus Died For You And Me, Only God Can Judge Me).


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SUBSTANCE USE - A woman accepts a handful of drug capsules from a dealer until her adult son slaps them away and punches the dealer six times, a man takes his mother to a rehab clinic where she recovers, two scenes show a man with a briefcase full of money and a quart-size baggie of marijuana on top of the cash, and four scenes show men smoking marijuana cigarettes and one man blows the drugged smoke into a woman's mouth. A man drinks a can of beer on a street corner, three men drink from beer cans in a recording studio, two concert audiences hold beer bottles and short glasses of alcohol while dancing, women at a club hold and drink from glasses of champagne and a woman pours a bottle of champagne down the throat of another woman, a man pours three short glasses of whiskey and two men drink from them, a row of expensive liquor bottles lines a short bar in an office and a glass of whiskey is seen on a desk, a club shows men and women holding colorful drinks (they are not seen drinking), a man in a bar drinks a glowing blue drink and we see two rows of liquor bottles against the wall, a hotel room has half-empty bottles of cognac on two tables, and glasses of wine and champagne are seen at each place at a large formal dinner (no one drinks). Several men and a few women smoke cigarettes outside as well as in houses and in hotel rooms and in a bar and in a dance club and in an office and in a recording studio where we see a large ashtray full of cigarette butts, large clouds of cigarette smoke fill many scenes, a man smokes large cigars in several scenes, a man smokes a small cigar in three scenes, and two close-ups show a man lighting and smoking a cigarette.


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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Racism, poverty, the Black Panther Party, protests, the music industry, violent song lyrics, misogyny, objectification of women, broken families, controversy, murder, death, injustice, demonstrations, anger, passion, talent, poetry, loyalty, star presence, intelligence.

MESSAGE - Creative lives can be cut short of endemic violence.

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Be aware that while we do our best to avoid spoilers it is impossible to disguise all details and some may reveal crucial plot elements.

We've gone through several editorial changes since we started covering films in 1992 and older reviews are not as complete & accurate as recent ones; we plan to revisit and correct older reviews as resources and time permits.

Our ratings and reviews are based on the theatrically-released versions of films; on video there are often Unrated, Special, Director's Cut or Extended versions, (usually accurately labelled but sometimes mislabeled) released that contain additional content, which we did not review.


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