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Changing the Game (2012)

Tony Todd , Sticky Fingaz  |  R |  DVD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Tony Todd, Sticky Fingaz, Charli Baltimore, Suzzanne Douglas, Irma P. Hall
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Lions Gate
  • DVD Release Date: August 28, 2012
  • Run Time: 103 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B008A6QBUO
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #114,773 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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An epic tale about a supremely intelligent young African-American male who rises from the ferocious and oppressive streets of North Philadelphia to become a shining star in the lucrative world of high finance at Wall Street's most prestigious firm. However, he soon finds that the white-collar world is filled with crime and death just like the drug-filled hood he left behind. His only chance for survival is to fully integrate a mysterious gift from a slain childhood friend into the fabric of his character.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars FLAWED FILM NOT WORTH WATCHING June 2, 2013
This story is in two parts. The first part deals with a poorly developed friendship between Darell (Sean Riggs) the smart kid and drug dealing Dre (Dennis L.A. White). This loosely sets up the second half where Darrell obtains his business degree and gets involved in some bad investments using the drug money. For some reason because it was his money, he is being investigated because his hedge fund investor (Brandon Ruckdashel) lost it. Clearly the author never worked in investing.

The setting is in Philadelphia with broken dirty streets. The film likes to use and quote Machiavelli, although I found the usage to be pseudo-intellectual as if to say, "Hey! Look at me! I read a book!" The acting was especially sad. What was with giving Tony Todd two different roles, one as disfigured pimp and another as an FBI agent? Didn't Ed Wood think we would notice? The plot had continuity issues especially at the end.

The film tries to go deep, but doesn't achieve. Rel Dowdell has done and can do better. Not worth renting. Amateur attempt at acting intellectual.

Parental Guide: F-bomb, N-word, brief sex, side breast nudity.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An AMAZING FILM! August 24, 2012
Excellent - MUST SEE FILM! Changing The Game is hands down one of my favorite independent films of all time. It is an intelligent, moving, timely, brilliantly told story filled with depth of emotion, strong characters and dialogue, classic literary references, superb acting by a diverse and well chosen cast, with a surprise ending Hitchcock himself would applaud. While the film takes place in an Urban setting, this is NOT your typical "Urban Drama". It has heart, honesty and shows that Black Men in the inner city can be victors in any circumstance as opposed to victims of their circumstances. The characters are so well scripted and acted, as a viewer, you are engaged and involved in each of their story lines. They make you laugh, cry, cheer and they make you care about their fate or outcome. The production, props, set design, wardrobe and special effects make you forget this is a small budget film shot in Philadelphia in just 21 days. This film by Director and Writer Rel Dowdell, fills a void in modern Black Cinema, by artfully and masterfully maintaining a balance of great story telling, with believable characters and multiple themes which are thought provoking without being "preachy". Sean Riggs, Dennis L.A. White, Irma P. Hall, Nicoye Banks, Kirk "Sticky Fingaz" Jones, Tony Todd, Brandon Ruckdashel and the rest of the cast, do a phenomenal job telling a great story. This is a film you will definitely want to see multiple times.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Held me captive August 21, 2012
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I tried to give this 5 stars but Amazon wont let me...
Rel Dowdell did an amazing job showing the harsh reality of the streets and its similarities to the harsh reality of corporate America. Lies, deceit, lust, backstabbing and murder are not only found in the streets - its found in corporate boardrooms all over the world. Irma P. Hall's character moved me! I believe that when you give your children the right foundation, they will stay on the right path. Even if they go off path for a moment, they will find their way back.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Unique urban drama with broad scope May 15, 2014
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This film is a very interesting and entertaining variation on the relationship between The Wire’s Stringer Bell and Avon
Barksdale, two lifelong friends whose different views on crime and money proved to be their undoing. Changing the
Game kicks off as a Boyz N The Hood-styled urban film and slowly shifts into a surprisingly rich adult drama filled
with a healthy dose of crime, friendship and high finance. The performances are all very good which include Sean
Riggs, Irma P. Hall, Tony Todd. Dennis White, and Sticky Fingaz. This film creatively covers all the bases: Action-check, intrigue-check (very thought-provoking), clash of cultures-another check. Very well done.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Lessons learned March 13, 2014
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This is a good learning tool for teens. Movie like this as cheap as it is has a message that our youth should heed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Engrossing and Suspenseful! February 27, 2014
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I was enthralled right from the start. The cinematography was great—the depiction of the murals was absolutely phenomenal! I was almost afraid to blink that I might miss something. With a very diverse cast, the story took off and kept me on the edge of my seat from start to finish. There were a few times I tried to predict what would happen and was completely wrong—which speaks directly to the twists and turns in this film being so eloquently placed. Whether present time or decades ago, everyone can identify with the characters—I grew up knowing a few Dre's and Darrell's and the likes of his grandmother, played by Irma P. Hall, who was especially excellent!. This film pulled on my heartstrings. Changing the Game, simply put--genius! I hope there'll be a sequel.
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5.0 out of 5 stars We need more films like "Changing The Game" February 27, 2014
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"Changing The Game" was a refreshing alternative to the typical urban coming-of-age story where the protagonist chooses the streets as a path to quick money and success. Here, we see the struggle of a young man who rises above the challenges of his surroundings and reaps the benefits of mainstream success only to realize that the white collar world is as vicious as the streets he left behind. Solid performances from the actors, especially veteran actress Irma Hall, rising star Sean Riggs, and Kirk "Sticky Fingaz" Jones. Director Rel Dowdell solidifies his position as a talent to watch among the new class of young American filmmakers crafting quality independent films.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars Stilt's Anyone?
Wow, this was not what I expected. The acting was stilted and the further I got into the movie the more I was convinced it was made on a million dollar budget (well ok, I'll give... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Richard D. Ruehle
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting and enjoyable film
We need more films like this that show the ability to break out of the Ghettos and make important decisions. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Munir R. Kreidie
5.0 out of 5 stars Check this movie out!!!
Compelling story that immediately drew me in, great acting (I love Irma Hall).. Hope to see more Rel Dowdell films.
Published 11 months ago by Caroline West
5.0 out of 5 stars On time and good service.
The service was quick and useful and my product was secure safely when it arrived at my door step. i do recommend.
Published 12 months ago by Kalee Marshall
4.0 out of 5 stars Not bad
I watched this movie late at night. It took me a few attempts to watch. Maybe I was sleepy or it was not that exciting to keep my attention. The movie is alright.
Published 12 months ago by B. Croz
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting!
The acting appeared stilted. The best scene was with the dying grandmother. The ending sent an interesting message about today's ethical and moral coding via the church.
Published 13 months ago by Jacqueline J. Wiggins
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Movie
I enjoyed the twist in plot. There were many surprises that were unexpected. I can't wait ti see part two.
Published 13 months ago by G. Vernon White
4.0 out of 5 stars Not your average rise from the bottom story
Changing the Game is a unique spin on the "good vs. evil," "rise from the bottom" average story. Writer/director Rel Dowdell weaves a spiritual element and unexpected twist ending... Read more
Published 14 months ago by The Saving Songbird
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