Paid in Full (2002)
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|Rating:||R (for violence, pervasive language, some strong sexuality and drug content)|
|Genre:||Drama, Action & Adventure, Mystery & Suspense|
|Directed By:||Charles Stone, Charles Stone III|
|Written By:||Azie Faison Jr., Austin Phillips, Azie Faison, Matthew Cirulnick, Thulani Davis|
|In Theaters:||Oct 25, 2002 Limited|
|On DVD:||Apr 8, 2003|
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This familiar rise-and-fall tale is long on glamour and short on larger moralistic consequences, though it's told with sharp ears and eyes for the tenor of the times.
Rings true, from the smooth dialogue to the unaffected performances of the central actors.
A fake street drama that keeps telling you things instead of showing them.
It does offer an uncommon thoughtfulness that makes it far less exploitative or sensationalistic than most examples of its genre.
Audience Reviews for Paid in Full
Paid in Full has a gritty realistic quality that is excellent in its' world building. It's well acted by largely unknowns, and succeeds in painting a real picture of Harlem without making it glamorous. The pacing, however is uneven, with the film seemingly dragging at points. More time should also have been devoted to fleshing out some of the characters. Still, its realism reminded me of The Wire, the greatest crime show ever.
I thought this movie was fantastic. Wood Harris is a great actor and can be a fantastic one if he is supported with a good plot and good actors around him and thats what they did in this movie.
Paid in Full was very poorly executed. The movie takes the standard formula of a gangster drama, throws some rappers and bases it on a true story and packages it all together. At only 1 hour and 37 minutes the movie drags on quite slowly and Mekhi Phifer still manages to keep getting roles. See Clockers for a slightly better version of this film.
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