Get Rich or Die Tryin’
This crime drama is the story of a young man named Marcus (50 Cent) who as a young boy wanted to be a rapper but turns to dealing drugs when his mother is killed. After barely doing better than minimum wage, he soon becomes one of the best earners in the drug-world business. As much money as he makes, it never seems to be enough to fill the void in his life. While doing jail time, he works on his music and vows not to go back to his old life. After pressures from his old gang pull him back in, he is shot nine times and believed to be dead. After a long recovery, he comes back to his rap music and makes it bigger than ever.
Though this controversial film is intended to be an accurate portrayal of life on the streets during the drug wars of the late 1970’s, its success at doing so prevents it from being family-approved. The graphic and intense violence, nudity and numerous profanities tell the dramatic based-on-a-true-story of a young Africa-American orphan caught up in the quest to become a “gangster-rapper” on the streets of New York City, only to realize years later, with the birth of his own son, that he is not immortal and the tragic consequences of his past choices may destroy his only shot at family.