Get Rich or Die Tryin'

Movie review by
Cynthia Fuchs, Common Sense Media
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Mythic tale based on 50 Cent's life; not for kids.
  • R
  • 2005
  • 134 minutes
Parents recommend

Parents say

age 17+
Based on 11 reviews

Kids say

age 13+
Based on 5 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive messages

Again, the hero is a drug dealer, though he learns to "express himself" in music rather than violence.

Violence

Shooting opens the film (brutal assault on hero, who then tells his story in flashback); multiple shootings, stabbings, fist fights, and one death by machete.

Sex

Sexual language and slang for genitals; two sex scenes (one implied, the second shot in softlit body-part close-ups); naked male prisoners fight in a shower (long shot on this scene holds for a couple of minutes, to show bodies in desperate struggle).

Language

Frequent cursing (including f-word) and use of n-word, in dialogue and lyrics.

Consumerism

Young characters yearn for new sneakers; discussion of wanting money to buy shoes and other gear.

Drinking, drugs & smoking

Hero is a drug dealer who goes straight; film includes smoking, drinking, and drug use and making.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that younger teens are going to want to see this movie. It includes frequent violence (shooting, stabbing, fist fights) and its consequences (loss of friends and family, funerals, desires for revenge and discussions of alternatives). The hero appears in the hospital, in emergency surgery, and near death, as the film flashes back to his birth in a diner. A woman is burned to death in her home (her killer claims to have raped her first, though we don't see this). The hero starts his drug dealing career as a child, shoots rivals, and is shot himself, in a brutal scene shown twice. Prisoners fight in a shower, showing naked bodies and bloody effects of stabbing and beating. One sex scene includes close-ups of body parts. Dialogue and lyrics include frequent cursing (including "f--k" and the "N" word).

User Reviews

Adult Written bygeo51288 April 9, 2008

I Would not Watch it at all.

I take it as bad as a 2 min. sex sence.
Adult Written byPhilip Merrill April 9, 2008

Surprise...it's an "art movie"

Having expected this to glamorize rap, money and violence in a toxic, intoxicating head-trip, I was shocked to find it was a sensitive art movie...primarily...w... Continue reading
Kid, 11 years old March 29, 2013
Teen, 13 years old Written byXx that one bro Xx November 13, 2016
Good for people who love rap or not. This is a amazing movie I loved it! So much meaning ridiculous people need to know that rap isent just about putting a bull... Continue reading

What's the story?

GET RICH OR DIE TRYIN' centers on Marcus (50 Cent), whose mother is killed when he's only eight years old. Luckily, he's surrounded by friends, family, and would-be killers who repeatedly declare their love for him. The film opens with Marcus' shooting -- based on 50 Cent's famous "nine times," then segues into flashback of his youth. His search for the father he never knew, which leads to relationships with outsized men, including brutal Majestic (Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje) and cellmate Bama (Terrence Howard), who becomes his rap music manager. The partners' release from prison leads to a collision with Majestic, who feels possessive toward Marcus as his "hardest working" dealer. Before it ends, the movie returns to Marcus' shooting as Marcus lies on an ER surgery table. On finding that Marcus is still alive, Majestic demonstrates the film's most hysterical love. After he assaults one non-Marcus associate with a machete, Majestic arrives for Marcus' big opening at a local club. Unable to convince his onetime protégé to step back, Majestic goads him into a fight. Barely conscious after he's been throttled and beaten, Majestic gurgles, "I love you, man." Everybody does.

Is it any good?

In this mythic, formulaic, and utterly earnest movie, everybody loves Marcus. He appears repeatedly in the sort of elegant, evocative filtered-light frames favored by director Jim Sheridan and DP Declan Quinn. This visual softening underlines Marcus' fundamental decency and devotion to his mother.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about Marcus' choices: to be a drug dealer (to "get paid") or to try another route to "get out of the ghetto." How does the movie make Marcus sympathetic despite the fact that we see him shoot another dealer? How does this story add to the myth that 50 Cent has created about his life? Does the movie glamorize a violent lifestyle? Do your kids think this movie is true?

Movie details

For kids who love rap

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