Get Rich or Die Tryin'

Released 2005


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Jim Sheridan
Get Rich or Die Tryin' is a 2005 drama film starring Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson based loosely on the actual life of the leading actor. The film was headed by Academy award-nominee Jim Sheridon. (My Left Foot, Brothers, In the Name of the Father) The film documents the struggles of 50 Cent as he tries to become a rap superstar. 50 Cent must honor his mother and his girlfriend all while trying to get a piece of the proverbial pie. The film was modeled after 8 Mile which was a critical and financial success, but it was not received in the same light. The Tomatometer score provided by Rotten Tomatoes awards the film a 16% which is extremely negative. The film did make a profit over its $40m budget which would give some fans hope for a sequel. The reception of the film certainly didn't stop 50 Cent from an acting career; he has since appeared in an episode of Entourage and 2006's Home of the Brave.moreless


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  • 60

    Variety Todd McCarthy

    Mildly engaging but very far from being for 50 Cent what "8 Mile" was for Eminem, this lurchingly structured story of survival against the odds looks to get off to a strong start t...

  • 50

    The New York Times Dana Stevens

    The parts of Get Rich or Die Tryin' that feel most genuine have to do with friendship and family, rather than with criminal intrigue. But the movie ultimately lacks an emotional co...

  • 50

    Los Angeles Times Kenneth Turan

    A motion picture with one foot in artistic expression and one in pulp fiction and commercialized violence. It wants the respect that goes with a quality production, but it can't re...

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inner city streets, inspiring stories, fight for survival, poverty on display, the underdog