Snowed into “Straight Outta Compton”

Saturday was a snow day movie marathon day….and a day for changing point of view.
Screenshot 2016-01-25 22.07.18I had one opinion of the  hip-hop, rap music
, or gangster rap, culture before the film, and a very different opinion after I watched the movie Straight Outta Compton.  

The review from NYTimes critic 

there is far more to the N.W.A. story — and how its rise signified for a people, the popular culture and the country at a particular Reagan-era flash point — than good times, bad times and throwing expletives at the law, as it did in a notorious song.

The film focuses on Dr. Dre (Corey Hawkins),  Ice Cube (played his son O’Shea Jackson Jr.) and Eazy-E (Jason Mitchell).  Director F. Gary Gray‘s chronicle of their success is both a confirmation of the America Dream and a scathing indictment of the societal forces that keep people from that kind of success.

The film shows how their particular form of art -a potent mix of bravado, truth, and courage- matured and established them.

Be forewarned that the language is pretty raw…there are even stats!

Film Year Fuck count Minutes Uses/minute
Straight Outta Compton 2015 392 167 2.35
Worth watching, even if you do not have a snow day.


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