Feel the Noise
What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this drama about an aspiring rapper (which was executive produced by Jennifer Lopez) includes several scenes of brief violence that result in bloodied, bruised victims. Main character Rob is a typical "angry young man" who steals to support his hip-hop ambitions -- and to get back at his long-absent father. There's a brief scene of forced physical attention that feels a lot like attempted rape. Characters drink, smoke (both cigarettes and pot), dance suggestively, and wear revealing clothes. There's one sex scene with some naked backs and shoulders. Language includes one use of "f--k," plus other profanity. A couple of characters and song lyrics use the "N" word.
What's the story?
FEEL THE NOISE follows the familial and professional struggles of wannabe rapper Rob (Omarion Grandberry), who gets into trouble and is shipped off to Puerto Rico to live with his long-absent father, Roberto (Giancarlo Esposito). Sulky Rob perks up when he meets Javi (Victor Rasuk), who offers marijuana, admiration, and entrée into the local reggaeton clubs. When Rob spots dancer C.C. (Zulay Henao) on stage he's smitten, but he's not the only one with designs on C.C. She has both a nasty ex-boyfriend and a new admirer, the plainly odious music producer Jeffrey (James McAffrey). When Jeffrey says he wants to introduce C.C. to "artists' agents," she believes him and convinces Rob and Javi to come with her to New York. What comes next is disappointment, betrayal, frustration, and miscommunication. Rob resents Roberto, grows jealous of Jeffrey, and can't quite figure out how to deal with C.C.'s ex-boyfriend. Lucky for him, a neighborhood dealer named "the Mayor" (Malik Yoba) takes up Rob's cause back in Puerto Rico, ensuring that the bad guy gets what he deserves and clearing the way for Rob's return to NYC. Now Rob gets to be both Rican and native, performing during the Puerto Rican Pride Parade, mixing reggaeton with hip-hop, and reuniting with both his estranged dad and his estranged girlfriend without having to do much work at all.
Is it any good?
Conventional, corny, and self-serious, the film's predictable plot is overloaded with domestic melodrama, musical ambition, minor street thuggery, and—the cherry on the top--trite romance.
Families can talk about...
Families can talk about why Rob does what he does. How does he get his parents' attention? Do you think his behavior would have the same consequences in real life? How is his anger/aggression different from that of other characters (like C.C.'s ex-boyfriend)? Is it ever OK to act out in anger? How does music -- and artistic collaboration -- help Rob overcome his anger?
|Theatrical release date:||October 5, 2007|
|DVD/Streaming release date:||January 29, 2008|
|Cast:||Giancarlo Esposito, Omarion Grandberry, Zulay Henao|
|Run time:||87 minutes|
|MPAA explanation:||sexual content, violence, some drug use, language and innuendos.|