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What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Can be seen as a cautionary tale about the dangers of fame. There are brushes with the law, violence, dangerous sexual encounters, drugs, and alcohol, and the movie argues that the white establishment makes it especially easy for African Americans to succumb to all of them. But it also champions the idea that a great artist has the potential and the opportunity to be a community leader, educating and spreading positive messages. On the other hand, women are objectified.
Positive Role Models
On the one hand, Tupac was a great artist who was highly inspirational and influential. But on the other, his private life -- which included violence and prison time -- isn't the stuff of role model dreams. Diverse cast.
Violence & Scariness
Guns and shooting, with some bloody wounds. A small child is accidentally shot. The main character shoots at people. Cops beat up African Americans. Characters are stabbed and sliced with knives. Fighting. A character is convicted on sexual abuse charges.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Topless women. Kissing. Sexual situations. Scantily clad groupies hang around in many scenes. Close-up shot of a woman's behind while she's walking. Women are objectified.
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Constant, extremely strong language includes countless uses of "f--k," "motherf----r," "s--t," the "N" word, "son of a bitch," "p---y," "hell," etc.
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Products & Purchases
Tupac himself has become a brand.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
A secondary character is a drug addict and checks into rehab. The main character smokes cigarettes and occasionally pot; he also drinks hard liquor. Party sequences include drinking. Minor characters use cocaine (the main character does not).
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that All Eyez on Me is a biopic about rapper/actor Tupac Shakur (played by Demetrius Shipp Jr.). While the music and performances are dynamic, the drama is bland and disappointing. There's some strong violence, including gun use and shooting, knives and stabbing, bloody wounds, beatings, a child accidentally getting shot, and a character is convicted on sexual abuse charges. Topless women are shown, and there are sexual situations and some kissing, as well as many scantily clad groupies and women being objectified. Language is near constant and extremely strong, with countless uses of "f--k," "motherf----r," "s--t," and the "N" word. The main character smokes cigarettes (as well as pot, though less often) and drinks occasionally. A secondary character is a drug addict who checks into rehab. Liquor and drugs are shown in many party sequences. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Newcomer Shipp Jr. is well cast as Tupac, but the movie, unlike Tupac's own storytelling, is sluggish and generic; it doesn't adequately capture the artist's unique genius. Director Benny Boom has made music videos and one other feature, the terrible Next Day Air. Working from a screenplay by three writers, he frames the movie with Tupac giving an interview to a journalist while in prison. It's an old device, and it allows the filmmaker to smooth over (or ignore) the more challenging aspects of Shakur's life.
All Eyez on Me -- named for Shakur's 1996 double-LP masterpiece -- proceeds through chunks of time, showing what happened but not really clarifying how or why. Some events are covered so lazily and some characters are so poorly introduced that only die-hard fans who already know his story will be able to fill in the blanks. On the plus side, the music sequences are dynamic and truly come alive thanks to Shipp's dynamic embodiment of the performer and the fact that Shakur's actual recordings are used. But this is an unworthy movie, and viewers would be better off checking out Shakuir's Live at the House of Blues video or his performances in movies like Juice and Gridlock'd.
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