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Roxanne, Roxanne

By Andrea Beach, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Gritty, violent bio of '80s rap star is ultimately hopeful.

Movie NR 2018 100 minutes
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This gritty biopic takes an unblinking, intense look at the early life of one of the most intriguing rappers of the early 1980s. But rap history fans should be aware that it's definitely more Shanté's story than it is a comprehensive history of the rap scene at that time. There's some great acting from the main characters, but sometimes the dialogue is stilted and unnatural-sounding. Also, it's sometimes hard to keep track of the characters and figure out who's who.

Teens who are old enough to handle the emotional intensity and mature themes will easily root for Shanté, even when she makes mistakes or bad choices, thanks to her engaging personality and determination to make her life better. It's not an easy story to hear, but hers is an important voice that should be heard, and ultimately Roxanne, Roxanne is hopeful about Shanté's future.

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