Straight Outta Compton Sunday, 29 March 2020

Straight Outta Compton

Additional Info

  • Rating:

    MA15+: Strong coarse language.

  • The pitch:

    Cool as Ice.

  • Starring:

    O'Shea Jackson Jr., Corey Hawkins, Jason Mitchell, Neil Brown Jr., Aldis Hodge, Marlon Yates Jr., R. Marcos Taylor, Carra Patterson, Alexandra Shipp, Paul Giamatti

  • Directed by:

    F. Gary Gray

  • Running time:

    147 minutes

  • Rated:

    MA15+ (Australia), 15 (UK), R (USA)

  • VIOLENCE/GORE:

    People are threatened at gunpoint, pushed, hit by a vehicle, pursued, slapped, restrained, slammed into objects, punched, elbowed, tackled, pulled over a railing, beaten, pistol-whipped, bitten by an animal, clubbed. News footage of Rodney King beating. Suicide reference (hanging), gunfire. Police raid/battering ram, arrests, unlawful detention. Dangerous driving, police chase, speeding. Objects smashed/run over/stomped on/thrown, property damage. Riots, burning objects/buildings, looting, trashing shops/cars, graffiti. Dogs fighting, fist-fighting. References and images of gangs. Drug trafficking, arrests, murders mentioned. Yelling, arguing. Blood/gore: Crushed throat, busted lip, dog bite, bruising. Bloody head, scratches, nose, lip. Bandaged head, tracheal tube, intubation tube, coma. Splitting man's face from cheek to chin, death mentioned.

  • SEX/NUDITY:

    Sex between the sheets. A couple has sex in a room full of people. Oral sex, kissing, flirting, provocative dancing/grinding/twerking, bum-grabbing, crotch-grabbing. Full-frontal female nudity, exposed breasts, nude bums, shirtless men, drawing of near-nude men. Revealing clothing (midriffs, cleavage, bikinis), people in underwear, cleavage. Infidelity. Promiscuity mentioned. References to sex acts, sexual slang.

  • VICES/DRUG USE:

    Drugs (marijuana, white powder). Drugs being cut on table, drug dealing. References to drug use. Smoking (cigarettes, cigars, marijuana). Alcohol (beer, spirits, champagne, wine, cocktails). Discussion of being drunk all the time. CRASH program, war on drugs mentioned.

  • LANGUAGE:

    C-words, f-words, n-word, s-words, a-words, b*tch. Slang for genitals. Derogatory terms/treatment toward non-whites/women/homosexuals/Jews. Song lyrics with references to sex, drugs, violence toward police, homophobia. Religious references and exclamations. Obscene finger gestures.

  • THEMES:

    Ice Cube, NWA, rap, music, racism, police brutality, unlawful detention, rioting, injustice, drugs, drug-dealing, censorship, insolvency, culture, death, grief, revenge, violence, betrayal, contract disputes.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS:

    Relationship breakups, HIV-positive character, memorials. Dead brother, child support mentioned. Hospital setting. Dogs.

  • CRITICS LIKE:

    Exhilarating, relevant, timeless, human, personal, smart, panoramic, successful, energetic, potent, entertaining, fast, furious, funny, rich, rousing, vibrant, dynamic. Strong performances, excellent cast, great soundtrack, great opening, nerve-racking/harrowing sequences, urgent undertone, worthy/powerful/engaging/compelling story, emotional/realistic first half, exhaustively researched screenplay, sharp/vibrant direction, rich camerawork.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE:

    Sprawling, conventional, melodramatic, clichéd, limited, misogynistic/sexist, overlong. Formulaic narrative, some loose ends, condensed/too-safe/cheesy second half, some unusual narrative omissions.

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