A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this movie.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that this movie includes shootings, beatings, and references to other forms of "mob violence" (one character says his car was blown up). A body appears in a car trunk. The movie features reductive stereotypes: ignorant Italian gangsters; a white boy who acts "hip-hop"; a sexually aggressive black woman; a precocious child (who uses sexual slang); bling-blingy cigar-smoking buddies for the DJ; and a "Big Mama." Characters drink and smoke; women at the dance club wear revealing clothing and dance provocatively.
What's the story?
IN THE MIX centers on DJ Darrell (Usher), who works at a dance club with his aspiring music production partner Busta (Kevin Hart). While Busta is interested in women, Darrell is looking for the "right" girl. He finds her in gangster's daughter and childhood friend Dolly (Emmanuelle Chriqui). When they fall in love, it upsets her father, Frank (Chazz Palminteri), who likes Darrell but doesn't think he's good enough for his daughter. Frank insists he is not classist or racist, his attitude suggests otherwise. When Darrell saves Frank from an assassination attempt, Frank hires him as a bodyguard/driver for Dolly. At first, she resents Darrel, but eventually she falls for him despite her father's objections and the fact that she has a boyfriend.
Is it any good?
A conventional and distressingly inept intercultural romance, In the Mix wastes the talent of Usher. The film is bogged down by awkward scene transitions, ridiculous dialogue ("I heard black men can dance," "If growing up in the hood is so dangerous, then why is it I only get shot by white people?"), and drearily one-dimensional supporting characters, like Frank's too-eager gunsel Jackie (Matt Gerald), and his son, Frank Jr. (Anthony Fazio), the white boy who acts "hip-hop." Part comedy, part romance, part violent gangster flick, In the Mix never pulls its many pieces together.
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