Anne B. Real (2003)

Anne B. Real (2003)





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Cynthia (Ja Nice Richardson), a teenager growing up fatherless and impoverished in the city, spends her free time reading and writing rhymes. She carries around the tattered copy of The Diary of Anne Frank that her late father (David Zayas) gave her when she was a little girl. Her brother, Juan (Carlos Leon), a drug addict and dealer, steals Cynthia's rhymes, claims them as his own, and sells them to an up-and-coming rapper, Deuce (Eric Smith), who has a decent flow, but no writing skills of his own. When Deuce gets the opportunity to record a demo for a big-time producer, he pressures Juan to get him more material. Meanwhile, Cynthia's best friend, Kitty (Jackie Quinones), and a concerned teacher at her school, Michael (Antonio Macia, who also co-wrote the screenplay), find out about Cynthia's writing talent and try to encourage the introspective girl to share her gift with the world. Michael's efforts are complicated by his former relationship with Cynthia's older sister, who is a struggling single mother. Cynthia is courted, first by a good-natured small-time dealer, Jerome (Ephraim Benton), and then by a middle-class uptown teen, Darius (Geronimo Frias Jr.). She eventually learns that the increasingly desperate Juan has stolen her rhymes, and worse, and she decides to do something about it. Anne B. Real was the feature debut of co-writer and director Lisa France, who had previously worked as a stuntwoman. It was shown at the 2003 Urbanworld Film Festival.
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David Zayas
as Cynthia's Father
Sherri Saum
as Janet
Ernie Hudson
as Principal Davis
Antonio Macia
as Michael
Eric Smith
as Deuce
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Anne B. Real is a hideous film that is a bad ghetto drama, a bad film about rap music, and just a really bad film overall that tastelessly uses Anne Frank as an inspiration for this horrible excuse for a film. It's a tedious, thoroughly boring, very cliched since it steals just any cliche you can think of from every ghetto film ever made. This film is also hindered by an unlikable cast of characters and god-awful rap music. The only bright spot in the film are the rare moments when the film's music score pops up. These small pieces of music are actually pretty decent, but they don't come often. Other than, this low budget disaster has no other redeeming qualities.

Keenan Sullivan
Keenan Sullivan

(Spoilers ahead.) This movie takes itself way too seriously and thinks it's being great and poignant. The overall idea isn't bad, but the execution kills it very, very dead. The dialogue is hokey and the acting is terrible. I cheered joyously when Anne's friend died, because the actress playing her was so absolutely terrifyingly awful. This movie COULD have been worse... but in the right hands, it also could have been a LOT better. And should have been.

Hannah Megill
Hannah Megill

Both a shamelessly contrived and unalterably sincere portrait of a high school girl who writes rap poetry in her Bronx 'hood.

Lee Mayo
Lee Mayo

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