Back in the Day is a 2005 African American crime drama directed by James Hunter. The film follows Reggie Cooper (played by Ja Rule), a young man from the wrong side of the tracks who lives with his divorced and affluent father. Reggie is trying to avoid the gang life and activity that almost killed him when he was a teenager back in his mother's neighborhood. However Reggie's father gets murdered and he starts hanging out with an old friend J-bone (played by Ving Rhames) who has recently been paroled. After this Reggie's life begins to fall back into a life of crime and the consequences are fatal...Reggie gets involved with the murder of a local preacher. However he falls in love with Alica (played by Tatyana Ali), the daughter of the dead preacher and now must chose between loyalty to his oldest friend or losing everything he now cares about.