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True to the Game (2017)

R | | Drama | 8 September 2017 (USA)
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A charismatic drug lord tries to start a new life after he falls for a young woman from Philadelphia.

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Nia Hill, Teri Woods (author)
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Credited cast:
Erica Peeples Erica Peeples ... Gena Hollins
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Misan Akuya Misan Akuya ... Drug Dealer
George Arvanitidis ... Club Patron
Stanley R. Atwater Stanley R. Atwater ... Rich Green
Starletta DuPois ... Gah-Git
Lorenzo Eduardo ... Winston
Nelsan Ellis ... Tyrik
Vivica A. Fox ... Shoog
Jennifer Freeman ... Lita
Andra Fuller ... Jerrell
Manny Halley Jr. Manny Halley Jr. ... World
Iyana Halley ... Bria
Gregory Hinds Gregory Hinds ... Club Patron
Malcolm David Kelley ... Black
Nikki Leigh ... Megan (store clerk ) of Beverly Hills
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Gena Hollins dated a drug dealer once. Then he started beating her. These days, Gena has no intention of ever being any man's trophy again-no matter how much money he has, how nice his ride is, how sweet his talk is. Instead, she lives contentedly in a poor section of Philadelphia with her beloved grandmother, Gah-Git, who raised Gena after her mom died of a drug overdose. Gena's almost done with her bachelor's degree in English, after which she hopes to pursue a writing career. Her life isn't flashy. But Gena knows firsthand flash ain't all that. Then she meets Quadir Richards while out clubbing with her wild-child, Sahirah. He's a drug dealer. He's rolling in money. His ride is sweet and so's his talk..

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Rated R for violence, drug content, sexuality/nudity and pervasive language
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USA

Language:

English

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Last on screen appearance of Nelsan Ellis. See more »

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In the beginning during the rap song, the rapper's pants are pulled up or pulled down differently in each scene. See more »

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Written by DeYon Dobson, Jeffrey Freeman, Tim Owens, Michael Ripoll
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"The Game" Just Isn't Played Well
24 March 2018 | by travishouzeSee all my reviews

I'll never be able to explain what keeps me coming back to urban dramas even when I've expressed my occasional distaste for many. Maybe it comes from the hope that as the years go by, there will be one urban drama that shakes up the genre and challenges old concepts and writing. However there are films like True to the Game that makes me believe the genre has gotten too comfortable.

The film, based on the based selling novel by Teri Woods, follows Quadir (Columbus Short), a well established street hustler. He began to have thoughts of stepping out of the game after falling for Gina (Erica Peeples) and receiving threats from others taking over his position.

Usually by this point, I try to say something positive about the movie, but frankly, I just don't have much to say at all about this. It's your typical run of the mill urban drama and no plot point or actor can elevate the material past that. While the movie does have some occasionally nice lighting, it's not long till almost every scenery looks artificial to the eye. The editing is even stranger, when it almost immediately changes scenes after someone is shot or a short time to react from a shooting.

The one thing that bothers me the most about the film is the lack of emotional impact. There's one scene in particular near the end of the film, that's supposed to be a emotional moment, but is so rushed like the rest of the film and the rest of the film slogs even further down a hole it can't crawl out of.

I haven't read the book to True to the Game, but I feel the movie gives me the feeling I'm not missing much at all. While I commend them trying to make material with a very small budget, it doesn't make up for lazy writing, unengaged acting or the lace front beards almost every male has on.


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