Tupac: Resurrection

MPAA Rating: R

Entertainment: +1

Content: -3

Tupac: Resurrection is a documentary celebrating the life and legacy of the late rap-music artist Tupac Shakur. Narrated by Tupac himself, the movie is a compilation of family video, professional film, news footage and interviews with the rapper, all presenting events that led to his murder. He was raised in the ghetto of New York City in the early 1970s by his activist mother. He states, The same crime that whites are afraid of is the same crime that blacks are afraid of except the blacks live right next door to the criminals. His songs reveal a political perspective that flows from his childhood pain and the struggle of the disadvantaged and oppressed. Tupac agrees that his music is graphic and ugly because it expresses reality. He believes that his music diagnosed, not caused, the problem. His hope was that society would see the madness for what it is and make the social change to help our disadvantaged communities.

The music of Tupac, known as the godfather of gangsta rap, is popular with children and youth ages 1221. Despite Tupacs well-intentioned motives, the message in this movie and the lyrics of his music present a troubling perspective on police brutality, prostitution, poverty and the like. Drugs, sex and violence seem to be glamorized while authority figures parents, government and police are disrespected. These are poor solutions to our social ailments. Women are mistreated as sexual objects, and Tupac endorses sex without commitment or emotional attachments. Tupac speaks candidly about his time in prison but does not take responsibility for the actions that put him there. Due to strong language, drug use, violence and sex as well as Tupacks repeated run-ins with the law, Preview cannot recommend this movie. But if you choose to let your teenager see it, watch it with him or her so that you can discuss it afterwards.

Preview Reviewer: Brian Hughes
Paramount Pictures

The following categories contain objective listings of film content which contribute to the subjective numeric Content ratings posted to the left and on the Home page.

Crude Language: Many (21) times mild (hell 5, damn 4); moderate (bitch 6, ho 4, butt 1); strong (ass 1)

Obscene Language: Many (63) times moderate (screw 1); strong (f-word 23, MF 6, s-word 23, dick 4, finger gesture 6)

Profanity: Several (6) times moderate (OMG 3); strong (GD 3)

Violence: Many moderate (shootings, knife held to a mans neck, discussion about fighting, discussion about life in prison, footage of Rodney King beating and police beating other black people, footage of bombs being dropped on Vietnam, photo of Tupac with a bruised and swollen face, people fighting in the streets)

Sex: None

Nudity: None

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: Many moderate (discussion about his sexual activity and love for women, party scenes where women wear revealing clothing and dance seductively, footage of a man licking a womans breast, footage of Tupac and another man on stage while clothed faking sex acts with full-sized dolls)

Drugs: Many mild (drinking of beer and Champaign); moderate (smoking of marijuana); strong (use of drug paraphernalia, drug dealers selling on the street, a person wearing a gas mask filled with drug smoke, crack use)

Other: The n-word is used repeatedly, Tupac defines niggers as those who were hung out on trees with ropes around their necks and niggaz as those who hang out at parties with ropes of gold around their necks

Running Time: 120 minutes
Intended Audience: Teens and adults

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