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• USA: Nov 11, 2005
• UK: 7 Oct 2005
DVD Release Date
• R1: Mar 28, 2006
Budget USD 40,000,000
Get Rich or Die Tryin' Website
Rated R for strong violence, pervasive language, drug content, sexuality and nudity.
2 hours, 14 minutes
Cent Productions Inc., Paramount Pictures, MTV Films, Interscope/Shady/Aftermath Films
Studio Paramount Pictures
More info on IMDb.com
• Get Rich or Die Tryin' (2005)
• Locked and Loaded
• Untitled 50 Cent Project
• Hustler's Ambition
|Genre: Action, Crime, Drama|
Tagline: At the end of the day, what will you hang on to?
Plot: With GET RICH OR DIE TRYIN', rapper Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson follows in the footsteps of his musical counterpart, Eminem (8 MILE), by giving movie stardom a shot. Directed by Jim Sheridan (IN AMERICA, MY LEFT FOOT) and written by Terence Winter, the film tells a fictionalized version of 50 Cent's own troubled life story. Marcus is a quiet young man who adores his loving mother (Serena Reeder). But after she is brutally murdered in an apparent drug deal gone wrong, Marcus heads down the wrong road himself. He abandons high school to sell drugs for local kingpin Levar (Bill Duke) and his underling, Majestic (Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje). Years later, when he reunites with his childhood sweetheart (Joy Bryant) and is thrown in jail, Marcus decides to leave drug selling behind in order to fulfill his lifelong dream of becoming a rapper. Unfortunately, Majestic doesn't want to let him go, resulting in a tragedy that might destroy his life forever.
Much like Curtis Hanson with 8 MILE, Sheridan seems an unlikely choice to direct an urban drama about the blossoming of a gangsta rapper. But that is exactly what makes his film so refreshing. Photographed with a gritty tenderness by Declan Quinn and featuring another scene-stealing turn from Terrence Howard, GET RICH OR DIE TRYIN' is equal
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"Get Rich or Die Tryin' " offers a limited range of choices, but we'll probably never see a film titled "Get By and Don't Die." The film is inspired by the haunting life story of Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson, who never knew his father, whose drug dealer mother was killed when he was young, who sold drugs on the streets of New York City and survived gunshot wounds to become one of the best-selling recording artists of modern times. It has been an amazing life, and he is only 30.
--Roger Ebert (Chicago Sun-Times)
With a different actor, this could have been pretty good. It's not very deep, but it's entertaining enough. The soundtrack will sell millions of copies, and 50 Cent will probably never act again. Unless he gets shot again and they make a sequel about it.
--Michael W. Phillips, Jr.
In the end, Jackson’s life story is simply too compelling to dismiss, and Get Rich or Die Tryin’ is a nice showcase for it. While the film is hindered by a lack of real depth and tangible friction, it’s a fine film and one that fans of hip-hop heroism should enjoy.
--Keith Breese (FilmCritic.com)
GET RICH OR DIE TRYIN' is such a hopeless mishmash of muddled timelines and gangsta clichés that even the 50 Cent fans in the audience were laughing at it in all the wrong places, a fact all the more sad for the story being based on Jackson's life....
--Andrea Chase (Killer Movie Reviews)
...50 Cent, who always sounds like he just came from the dentist and whose facial expressions can be counted on one finger. Thank goodness the movie, unlike its star, was only shot once. C-
--Eric D. Snider (EricDSnider.com)
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In America, In the Name of the Father, My Left Foot
|Nevertheless, Get Rich or Die Tryin' is actually an okay flick. I don't see any Oscar in the future for 50 but I doubt he will get a Razzie this year and he should be proud of that. I must warn you - this movie is ultra-violent and the language is nothing to be desired, but I guess that's life on the streets for you. It's not the sort of life that I want to be a part of. Watching it on a movie screen and then critiquing it is fine by me. 6.5/10|
Jackson, playing himself in his own life story, seems strangely detached from it all. His emotional repertoire appears limited to smiling and not smiling, although getting shot through the face -- in the film and real life -- might have something to do with that.
Get Rich or Die Tryin' is one misfire after another. I only wish one of those bullets had missed Marcus and went straight through the script pages. The story is there, it just wasn't executed very well. Did someone say rewrite? D