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PAID IN FULL

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Paid in Full

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
R
runtime:
93 minutes
Limited Release Date:
10/25/02
performer:
Wood Harris, Mekhi Phifer, Cam'ron, Regina Hall, Chi McBride, Esai Morales
director:
Charles Stone III
distributor:
Dimension Films
author:
72525, 79342
genre:
Drama

We gave it a B+

The first half of Charles Stone III’s surprisingly artful cautionary tale glorifies the exploits of three drug dealers in ’80s Harlem (hence the titular reference to Eric B. & Rakim’s 1987 rap classic of the same name), while the second half scorns the lifestyle with far more vigor than one would expect in a movie from Jay-Z’s Roc-A-Fella Films. Phifer and Harris give truly masterful performances as childhood friends who realize the nightmarish consequences of fulfilling their childhood dreams.

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