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Notorious 2009

The life and death story of Notorious B.I.G. (a.k.a. Christopher Wallace), who came straight out of Brooklyn to take the world of rap music by storm...

Release Date:
January 16, 2009
122 min
George Tillman Jr.
Mohamed Dione, Marc John Jefferies, Derek Luke, ...
Drama, Biography, Music ...

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Imdb rating: 6.6

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GR8 Movie!!!

Ones A Gangster Always a Gangster

:( I was disappointed in the film. I understand that Jamal Woolard is a new actor, however in the performance scence's, I dont feel that he really captured the essence of Biggie! The movie also didnt really touch alot on his relationship with Little Kim and Charlie Baltimore, which would have brought the film together alot more. The film made Little Kim seem as if she was just Biggie's jump off, and not a talented artist. Derek Luke playing Puffy did an ok job, however in some scene's, I felt like the acting was very forced.I was expecting the actors to become the characters, as Jamie Foxx did in "Ray"!!
Your kidding me with this "movie" right? seriously?
It's only half the story.
Even when he was alive, Biggie Smalls (a.k.a. Big Poppa, a.k.a., The Notorious B.I.G., birth name: Christopher George Latore Wallace) was bigger than (thug) life. Almost as wide as he was tall, Biggie Smalls was a man of huge appetites, appetites for sex, money, and fame. Smalls is the subject of Notorious, a biopic directed by George Tillman Jr. (Soul Food, the Barbershop series) that follows Smalls' meteoric rise to hip-hop superstardom and his premature death at the age of 24, the victim of a still unsolved drive-by shooting in LA in 1997. Anchored by newcomer Jamal Woodard's performance as Biggie Smalls and a soundtrack drawn from Smalls' brief hip-hop career, Notorious gives Smalls' life the conventional biopic treatment, including his less-than-laudable relationships with women and the rivalry with Tupac Shakur that contributed to his death.

Tillman Jr. and his screenwriters, Reggie Rock Bythewood and Cheo Hodari Coker, borrow a page (and a plot device) from American Beauty by way of Sunset Blvd.: the Biggie Smalls (Jamal Woolard) we meet in the opening scene is moments away from his own death. As Smalls seemingly recognizes his impending death, his switches into voiceover narration and flashes back to his early youth, first as a well-behaved, Catholic schoolboy Christopher Jordan Wallace, Smalls' real-life son) to a fast-talking, street-smart hustler pegging drugs. While Smalls' mother Voletta (Angela Bassett), has big dreams for her son, he just wants money and status and he's willing to do anything (or almost anything) to get it and hold onto it.

After getting his girlfriend pregnant, Smalls' ends up in prison for nine months in North Carolina on a weapons charge. In prison, he gets a chance to rethink his choices and jot down self-confessional rhymes. Once he's out, he rejoins his posse, but almost immediately records a demo. Almost as fast, he gets a meeting with an up-and-coming music executive, Sean 'Puffy' Combs (Derek Luke). Easily convinced of Smalls' potential, Combs pushes Smalls to go on tour and working in the studio to lay down enough rhymes for an album. Smalls' first album under Bad Boy Records, Combs' music label, succeeds beyond expectations. He meets and marries Faith Evans (Antoinette Smith), an R&B singer with Combs' label, but his womanizing threatens their marriage. Smalls also crosses paths Tupac Shakur (Anthony Mackie), a successful rapper and actor, initially mentors Smalls in the hip-hop game.

With Combs and Smalls' family intimately involved in the production of Notorious, it's not surprising that the blame for the feud between Smalls and Shakur falls primarily on Shakur (for his paranoia) and on Suge Knight (Sean Ringgold), the CEO of West Coast-based Death Row Records and Shakur's personal advisor. Notorious also covers Shakur's shooting at Quad Records, Shakur's accusations against Smalls and Combs, Smalls and Combs' ongoing claims of innocence, and the media-hyped feud between West Coast and East Coast rappers that turned Smalls and Shakur into the primary symbols for the feud, ultimately leading to their deaths in drive-by shootings (still unsolved). Whether Combs and Smalls are as blameless as they appear here, however, is left for more informed moviegoers to decide for themselves.

Truth aside, Notorious never strays from the usual conventions and clich
Honoring the late Notorious B.I.G. aka Biggie Smalls. They made a biography on him. The movie is well put together honoring lots of songs and very great strong moving points in his life till his death in March 1997. Jamal Woolard plays the strong role of Biggie and Anglea Basset and Anthony Mackie play the roles of Biggie's mother and Tupac Shakur. The movie is a great rap documentaries as it is a great film with marvelous acting and a great script. The movie is truly perfect.
Revisionist puff piece. Notorious was an average thug who hooked up with another average upper middle class no talent hack, P Piddle. I met these guys and they couldn't spell their own names. His idea of raising the mind was to spend money on fur coats and conflict diamonds. He had no concept on how to make a better world, and what's more, he didn't care. This movie is just intended to rewrite history. It is hackey, poorly written and obviously an attempt to make a hero out of a zero.
I was not expecting much out of this movie but I was pleasantly surprised. The film kept me interested throughout and as I hip-hop lover I appreciated the way that it portrayed Christopher Wallace.
On the other hand I was disappointed with the fact that the movie did not delve deeper into the life of the hip-hop heavyweight. The screenwriters did not try to explore deeper into the life of the Notorious B.I.G. There were not many scenes that gave the audience a glimpse into the life of the rapper that many fans did not know already; and it would have been nice if maybe they tried to penetrate the surface and more thoroughly explore the mind of the rapper, not just the life.
Upon conclusion of the movie, those of us unfamiliar with Notorious B.I.G. have a newfound curiosity in his work, and the rest of us simply appreciate his music more now that we understand the back story.

I recommend this movie for hip-hop/rap fans in general, and HIGHLY recommend it for Biggie fans.
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