Turn It Up (2000)



Critic Consensus: Reviewers say Turn It Up has a derivative feel, running through too many urban movie cliches.

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Prakazrel Michel, better known as Pras from the top-selling R&B group The Fugees, stars in this urban drama based on both his solo album Ghetto Superstar and his novel of the same name. Diamond (Pras) is an up-and-coming musician who is trying to use his creative gifts to work his way out of the ghetto after the traumatic death of his mother. But he soon discovers that the music industry is nearly as corrupt and dangerous as the streets he's trying to leave behind, and Diamond is guided into a life of crime by his shady friend Gage (Ja Rule). In addition, Diamond must content with the unexpected pregnancy of his girlfriend Tamara (Tamala Jones), and attempts by his father Cliff (Vondie Curtis-Hall) to mend their contentious relationship. Turn It Up, which was produced under the title Ghetto Superstar, also features Eugene Clark and Patricia Velasquez. Madonna helped to produce the film through her production company, Madguy Films.
R (for strong violence and language and for some drug content)
Drama , Musical & Performing Arts
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as Diamond
Ja Rule
as Gage
John Ralston
as Mr. White
Eugene Clark
as Marshall
Derwin Jordan
as Seamus
Faith Evans
as Natalie
as Master Mix
Chang Tseng
as Mr. Chang
Jeff Jones
as Minister
Melyssa Ford
as Deborah
Leroy Allen
as Security Guard
as Smiley
Juliana Stojkic
as Pregnant Slavic Woman
Ted Clark
as Crusher
Errol Gee
as Tyrone
Cam Natale
as Slick
Brenda Anderson-Fuller
as Choir Singer
Khary Benjamin
as Choir Singer
Colleen Blake
as Choir Singer
Rich Brown
as Choir Singer
Grace Gayle
as Choir Singer
Yohan Gayle
as Choir Singer
Ermine Gittens
as Choir Singer
C. Shelley Hamilton
as Choir Singer
Tobi Lark
as Choir Singer
Londa Larmond
as Choir Singer
Tuku Matthews
as Choir Singer
Jillian Mendez
as Choir Singer
Wayne St. John
as Choir Singer
Patricia Shirley
as Choir Singer
Lionel Alston Williams
as Choir Singer
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Critic Reviews for Turn It Up

All Critics (38) | Top Critics (16)

Turn It Up is a hip-hop downer that makes the high-risk high-life of contempo gangstas seem glumly routine.

Full Review… | June 5, 2008
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Surprisingly, for a movie about music, the sound is lousy. Some of the songs sound distorted because they have so much bass. In other moments, the dialogue is so low, it's hard to understand what the characters are saying.

March 5, 2007
Associated Press
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The film uses every standard urban drama story line in the book.

December 31, 1999
Chicago Tribune
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Highly derivative.

December 31, 1999
New York Post
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Merely a slickly rehashed copy of scenes from better movies, with a bit of flash but no real truth or heart.

December 31, 1999
Houston Chronicle
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The staging and performances are awkward, the frequent shoot-outs a snore, and there's no reprise of Ghetto Supastar.

Full Review… | December 31, 1999
Village Voice
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