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Turn It Up

MPAA Rating: R for strong violence and language and for some drug content
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1 hr. 28 min.
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Ja Rule and Pras in “Turn It Up”
Featuring: Pras, Wyclef Jean, Lauryn Hill, Patricia Velasquez, Ja Rule
Director: Robert Adetuyi, Hubert Taczanowski
Producer: Happy Walters, E. Bennett Walsh, Lennox Parris, Lester Parris, Gary Ventimiglia, Madonna, Guy Oseary
Distributor: New Line Cinema

Here’s what the distributor says about their film: …based on GHETTO SUPASTAR, the autobiographical book and album by Prakazrel “Pras” Michel—former member of The Fugees—stars Pras and other well-known rappers such as Vondie Curtis Hall and Ja-Rule. Pras stars as Diamond, a gifted young musician with big dreams. However, he has a lot to deal with: his mother dies and his musical father (Vondie Curtis Hall) comes back into his life. Simultaneously his girlfriend (Tamala Jones) discovers she’s pregnant. Still struggling to stay out of the violent drug world in which his best childhood friend (Ja-Rule) is still involved, Pras focuses on his music, fights to do the right thing, and eventually, finds fame.

Ja Rule in “Turn It Up”

Viewer Comments
Movie Critics
…Reflecting the culture, foul language is extreme with 108 f-words and 54 s-words…
—Preview Family Movie and TV Review
…several lethal and bloody shootouts and murders, as well as other non-lethal beatings…
…Late-night infomercials are easily more compelling…
—Kevin Maynard, Mr. Showbiz
…Diamond is so uncommitted to his pregnant girlfriend (Tamala Jones) he won’t even oblige her with his cell phone number…
—Ed Blank, Tribune-Review of Western Pennsylvania
…the most uninteresting movie I’ve seen in a long time…
—“3 Black Chicks”