In the Mix

  • Review Date: March 20, 2006
  • Rated: PG-13
  • Genre: Drama
  • Release Year: 2005
  • Running Time: 95 minutes

Common Sense Media says

The irresistibly talented Usher is wasted here.
  • Review Date: March 20, 2006
  • Rated: PG-13
  • Genre: Drama
  • Release Year: 2005
  • Running Time: 95 minutes

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

Mobsters are dumb or self-delusional; characters lie and betray one another.

Violence

Conventional mob violence (shootings, beat-downs, a flashing switchblade, tossing a beaten victim from a slowly moving car, a body in a car trunk, then visible in a coffin at the wake).

Sex

Girls in a nightclub dress and dance provocatively; visual and verbal jokes (alluding to fellatio, "," "" [male genitalia], " the nasty"); cleavage/butt shots in a yoga class; passionate kissing and groping; a soft-lit sex scene featuring closeups of hands and faces; several suggestive song lyrics (for example, "").

Language

Sexual references (e.g., "-style," " the nasty"), cursing (including f-word and s-word), plus an Italian derogatory term for "," "" (short for "," which translates to "").

Consumerism

Aqua Day Spa, fridge shelves displaying Silk soy milk and Heinz ketchup; "Cosmo cover" car brands (Mercedes).

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Drinking (wine, beer, hard liquor) and smoking (cigarettes and cigars).

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.

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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?

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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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Movie details

Theatrical release date:November 23, 2005
DVD release date:March 21, 2006
Cast:Chazz Palminteri, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Usher
Director:Ron Underwood
Studio:Lionsgate
Genre:Drama
Run time:95 minutes
MPAA rating:PG-13
MPAA explanation:sexual content, violence and language.

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Teen, 15 years old Written bymelbatoast April 9, 2008
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Usher has a big nose.

His nose is big but his talent is the oppisite to the size of his nose.
Adult Written bybethlthomson April 9, 2008
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scareding

not for kids
Adult Written byshecky April 9, 2008
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