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Turn It Up | 2000 | R | - 5.8.10

An aspiring rap singer (Pras) and his business partner (Ja Rule) try to make a CD but need cash to pay for studio time; they end up meddling with drug money. Based on the autobiographical book, Ghetto Supastar, by Pras himself. Also with Eugene Clark, Jason Statham, Patricia Velazquez, Tamala Jones and Vondie Curtis-Hall. [1:27]

SEX/NUDITY 5 - A little sexual innuendo and a couple of scenes of passionate kissing. We see a woman in bed covered by a sheet (her bare back is visible). We see a woman in her underwear; at first we see her bare back, and then we briefly see the side of her breast.


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VIOLENCE/GORE 8 - Lots of threatening and shooting with guns; a man is shot in the head (we don't see the bullet hit him), a man is shot in the gut at point-blank range, a man is shot in the chest and shoulder, a man in shot in the arm, and in a few scenes several men are shot in the chest several times (we see blood stains on a few of the men; they all presumably die). A man is shot and then electrocuted; his dead body is caught in what appears to be a wire and dangles from some stairs. A person dies of a heart attack; we see the body lying on the floor. A man's face is nearly shoved into a meat slicer's circulating blade; he's spared at the last second, but then gets beaten up instead. A man punches another's stomach and face a few times; a man punches and kicks another several times, bloodying his face; a man is kicked in the gut several times; a man is kicked in the groin; a man's head is slammed into glasses on a shelf; and a man is hit over the head with a gun. We see blood all over a man's face; also, we see blood surrounding a man's mouth. A man chops up a fish with a clever.


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LANGUAGE 10 - About 105 F-words, some anatomical references, several scatological references, some mild obscenities, a few religious obscenities, several insults, and many racial slurs.


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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Drugs, drug-dealing, the music industry, rap music, crime, romantic relationships, parenting, out-of-wedlock pregnancy, abortion, deadbeat dads, father-son relationships, death.

MESSAGE - Follow your dreams, despite the struggles you'll have to overcome.

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