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Forever Rich

By Barbara Shulgasser-Parker, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Rapper makes repeated bad decisions; violence, cursing, sex.

Movie NR 2021 89 minutes
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Once upon a time, when gang members stole someone's property at knifepoint, the world turned against the thieves. In the upside-down world portrayed in Forever Rich, the attackers are heroes and the victim, a rap star, is mocked and humiliated online for being weak in the face of armed aggressors. It's the context of this insanity that the movie runs on for 89 minutes of stupidity, anger, and unprovoked violence, making it nearly unwatchable.

In this world, the police are laughably useless and easily foiled. Every decision Rich makes is the wrong one and should land him in jail or worse, yet in the end he performs to an avid crowd of 10,000 who love him all the more for his violent, antisocial ways. Instead of cutting ties with jerks like Rich, record labels want him even more now, which is why this movie sends exactly the wrong message to young viewers. Smulders gives this his all in a physical, almost crazed performance, but the script erases the character's humanity. Every minute of the action reminds us that there's a reason that the people closest to him, his best friend and the mother of his child, keep calling him "stupid" and selfish. The question this raises is how do we evaluate a culture that denounces rather than sympathizes with someone who shows fear because a knife is at his throat?

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