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Straight Outta Compton

MPAA Rating: R for language throughout, strong sexuality/nudity, violence, and drug use.
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Primary Audience:
Adults
Genre:
Biography Music Drama
Length:
2 hr. 27 min.
Year of Release:
2015
USA Release:
August 14, 2015 (wide—2,600+ theaters)
DVD: January 19, 2016
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N.W.A. (“Niggaz Wit Attitudes”)—West Coast hip hop group from Compton, California: Ice Cube, Dr. Dre, Eazy-E, DJ Yella, MC Ren, Arabian Prince

hip hop music

gangsta rap

deep hatred of the police system

drug dealers

music and culture revolution

rebelling against authority

igniting a cultural war

advocating violence

rioting

vulgar and procative lyrics

extreme sexual promiscuity

HIV / AIDS

antisemitism

sin and the fall of man / goodness and righteousness

RACISM—What are the consequences of racial prejudice and false beliefs about the origin of races? Answer

Racism, Racial Issues and Christianity
Get biblical answers to racial hot-topics. Where did the races come from? How did skin color come about? Why is it important to have a biblical foundation for such issues?
Featuring: O'Shea Jackson Jr. … Ice Cube
Corey Hawkins … Dr. Dre
Jason Mitchell … Eazy-E
Neil Brown Jr. … Dj Yella
Aldis Hodge … MC Ren
Marlon Yates Jr. … The D.O.C
R. Marcos Taylor … Suge Knight
Carra Patterson … Tomica
Alexandra Shipp … Kim
Paul GiamattiJerry Heller
Elena Goode … Nicole Threatt
Keith Powers … Tyree Crayton
Joshua Brockington … Young Warren G.
Sheldon A. Smith … Warren G.
Keith Stanfield … Snoop Dogg
Cleavon McClendon … Jinx
Aeriél Miranda … Lavetta
Lisa Renee Pitts … Verna
Angela Elayne Gibbs … Doris Jackson
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Director: F. Gary Gray—“The Italian Job” (2003)
Producer: Circle of Confusion
Cube Vision
Legendary Pictures
Distributor: Universal Pictures

Here’s what the distributor says about their film: “In 1987, five young men, using brutally honest rhymes and hardcore beats, put their frustration and anger about life in the most dangerous place in America into the most powerful weapon they had: their music. Taking us back to where it all began, ‘Straight Outta Compton’ tells the true story of how these cultural rebels—armed only with their lyrics, swagger, bravado and raw talent—stood up to the authorities that meant to keep them down and formed the world’s most dangerous group, N.W.A. And as they spoke the truth that no one had before and exposed life in the hood, their voice ignited a social revolution that is still reverberating today.

‘Straight Outta Compton’ stars O’Shea Jackson Jr., Corey Hawkins and Jason Mitchell as Ice Cube, Dr. Dre and Eazy-E, and is directed by F. Gary Gray (‘Friday,’ ‘Set It Off,’ ‘The Italian Job’). The drama is produced by original N.W.A members Ice Cube and Dr. Dre, who are joined by fellow producers Tomica Woods-Wright, Matt Alvarez, Gray and Scott Bernstein. Will Packer serves as executive producer of the film alongside Adam Merims, David Engel, Bill Straus, Thomas Tull and Jon Jashni.”

Violence: Heavy / Profanity: Extreme / Sex/Nudity: Extreme

See list of Relevant Issues—questions-and-answers.


Viewer CommentsSend your comments
Negative
Negative—This movie is an excellent portrayal of what the natural man is like without being Born Again of the HOLY SPIRIT as depicted in ROMANS chapter ONE.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Extremely Offensive / Moviemaking quality: 5
—James Willis, age seventy (USA)
Movie Critics

…an entertaining if limited biopic… In one repugnant moment, our boisterous heroes celebrate the conclusion of a comic-gangsta showdown by tossing a nearly naked woman into a hotel hallway and locking the door behind her. …
—John DeFore, The Hollywood Reporter

…electric, if slightly hagiographic… Director F. Gary Gray ( The Italian Job) does a commendable effort distilling the group’s musical life into a story that can appeal to those who know little about N.W.A or the environment from which the members sprang. …
—Cary Darling, Fort Worth Star-Telegram

…plays like a superhero origin story… detailed the travails of black life in America in a way that still seems scarily, pathetically relevant circa 2015. …The movie doesn’t bother digging much into any N.W.A. offences that can’t be excused by depicting them as hardened defenders of the First Amendment. …[3½/4]
—John Semley, The Globe and Mail

…an energetic A-side let down by a bloated B-side… [3/5]
—Jordan Hoffman, The Guardian (UK)

…near-perfect casting, serious attention to period detail… wisely following the dictum to show and not tell… [4½/5]
—Marc Savlov, The Austin Chronicle

…A riveting film about the birth of not just one rap group but an entire genre. … [3½/4]
—Rafer Guzmán, Long Island Newsday

…One of the summer’s most entertaining and provocative movies… [3½/4]
—Lou Lumenick, New York Post

…N.W.A’s unremorseful misogyny has been brought back with no added reflection. With the lone exception of Dre’s mother, women are mostly either an annoyance or hedonistic party favors. …
—Jake Coyle, Associate Press

…It might make you go straight outta the movie theater. …a social conversation starter, but doesn’t guide the conversation toward anything constructive or redemptive and ultimately just gives the viewer an excessive amount of vulgarity, lewd content and substance abuse. …
—Ted Baehr, Movieguide

…among the harshest films we’ve ever reviewed. It’s no surprise that the story of a group that sings a song called “F*** the Police” is sotted with obscenities, the most I’ve heard in a movie since 2013’s “Wolf of Wall Street.” Add orgy-esque parties and vicious confrontations…
—Adam R. Holz, Plugged In

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