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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Resilience. Friendship. Forgiveness.
Positive Role Models
Some talk of the challenges Combs and others on the Bad Boy roster had to overcome to attain and maintain success. People of color work in all facets of the music industry -- business, production, recording, performing, management.
Black performers and people of color shown working and being successful in all facets of the music industry.
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Violence & Scariness
Archival news footage and home video footage of the night Christopher Wallace (Biggie Smalls) was murdered. News footage of when Tupac Shakur was murdered.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Some talk of sex in some of the songs. Brief nonsexual nudity (male buttocks) during a doctor exam.
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Strong language throughout, including "f--k, "motherf--ker," "N" word. Also: "p---y," "bulls--t," "d--k," "bitches." Slang terms for the vagina.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Champagne drinking. Weed smoking. Cigarette smoking. Talk of drug dealing. Talk about getting drunk and high.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Can't Stop, Won't Stop is a 2017 music documentary on Sean "P Diddy" Combs and two reunion concerts with Bad Boy Records Artists in New York City in 2016. Expect strong language throughout, including "f--k," "motherf--ker," and the "N" word. Archival news and video camera footage of the night Christopher Wallace (Biggie Smalls) was shot and killed. Cigarette smoking. Champagne drinking. Weed smoking. Talk of getting drunk and high. Talk of drug dealing. In terms of positives, the movie highlights the power of hard work and resiliency, as well as forgiveness. The movie also highlights people of color working in all facets of the music industry -- not only on stage, but in production, management, recording, talent acquisition, finance, etc. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Never has vulnerability looked so scripted. Can't Stop, Won't Stop: A Bad Boy Story feels less like the music documentary it should've been and more like an overproduced and overstylized propaganda film. The overuse of black-and-white film for much of the movie gives it the look and style of a dated Calvin Klein commercial circa 1992. There's nothing particularly revelatory about it, and it doesn't take an intuitive genius to get the powerful sense that there's nothing shown here that Combs doesn't want the viewer to see, even with visits to the doctor concerning a pulled muscle or "fly on the wall" shots of performers having candid conversations about life and the passing of time. All the proof you need concerning this is revealed when the viewer is given next to nothing of the first night of the Barclay Center concert, a concert Combs tells the viewers was one of his worst.
Seriously, this documentary has all the warmth and spontaneity of a tax audit. The movie is at its best when it shows some of the real and lasting victories Combs helped to make happen in the music industry -- as much on the music charts as behind the scenes, as people of color are shown attaining massive success in what had previously been White-dominated careers. Hopefully these very real highlights of success don't get overwhelmed by the overproduction, because aside from these positives, there isn't a whole lot to learn that fans don't already know. There's not much depth or honesty, as the camera's presence is so obvious, and it's less a music documentary and more like a "reality show" with forced edits and multiple takes.
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