Straight From the Barrio

2008, Crime/Music, 1h 47m

8 Reviews 500+ Ratings

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A drug dealer (Daddy Yankee) tries to escape his criminal lifestyle and find a better life as a reggaeton music star.

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Critic Reviews for Straight From the Barrio

All Critics (8) | Top Critics (5) | Rotten (8)

  • This is a riches-to-riches story.

    October 15, 2008 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • As blatant vehicles for rising rappers go, Talento de barrio won't do much to help Puerto Rican hip-hopper Daddy Yankee.

    October 10, 2008
  • It's not edgy or tight enough for all its grit and vitality to overcome the familiarity of its material to satisfy more demanding viewers.

    October 10, 2008 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • Reggaeton star Daddy Yankee holds his own in his big-screen acting debut, Talento de Barrio. Too bad he's saddled with a generic script, based loosely on his own life.

    October 10, 2008 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…
  • Violence in cinema has become so prevalent that all of its shock value is lost (at least on this critic), but the underlying story here is pithy still.

    October 10, 2008 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…
  • The violence-laden story, such as it is, is ineptly stitched together; it's unclear who is shooting at whom and why; and the dialogue seldom advances beyond "Yo, dog" and "Whassup?" The soundtrack is the only draw here.

    October 10, 2008 | Rating: 1.5/5

Audience Reviews for Straight From the Barrio

  • Apr 18, 2011
    A young drug dealer falls in love while facing disruption among the men in his gang, and being offered a career as a Reggaetón singer. Not bad at all. Very proud of this film specially because I'm from Puerto Rico. Parents don't show this movie to your kids, it's pretty violent so you have been warned. Very symbolic because we know who Daddy Yankee is and where he is now, and it showed where he came from. It was a very strong film. It's an emotional story, and it left me admiring him more as an artist. I'm glad he made this film because he is one of the first(and one of the best) Reggaeton stars, and the music would not be the same without him. I'm glad he got out of that lifestyle and brought his talent to light for the world to see because even after all these years, although it hasn't been that long, he is still holding it down. His musical style, beats, and rap represent the lifestyle and you feel that it is coming from deep within his heart and soul that makes him an original that cannot be duplicated. A misunderstood youth from the streets of Puerto Rico must choose between musical superstardom and underworld notoriety after falling for a beautiful uptown girl whose positive influence causes him to seriously consider giving up a life of crime. Edgar Dinero (Daddy Yankee) was balancing thug life with greater ambitions when he first met the girl of his dreams. In order to prevent the girl from slipping through his fingers, Dinero does his best to prevent her from discovering his true ties to the violent barrio underworld. By day, Dinero slips into the recording studio with dreams of becoming a big reggaeton star, and by night be takes to the streets to defend his turf from the most violent criminals in the city. One day, Dinero realizes he finally has the opportunity to leave his life of crime behind. Will he ever convince the corrupt cops that he's changed his ways, and will his brothers on the street find the courage to forgive him for abandoning them during their darkest hour? Now, as Dinero attempts to choose between perishing as the prince of the underworld or thriving as the king of reggaeton, he must open his ears to the beat of the barrio in order to discover his true fate.
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  • Jan 04, 2009
    Well what can I say for the type of cinema done here is actually not bad you know the theme it actually degrades us all but still is street and real and actually cleaner then what I thought it will be!! so kudos for it!!! Daddy you did well it's a start and for the others too they did ok but what the heck some are singers so it's almost the same for them but let's see later on!! A young drug dealer falls in love while facing disruption among the men in his gang, and being offered a career as a Reggaetón singer.
    Sergio E Super Reviewer

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