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Rude Boy (2004)

LaNease Adams , Nahtasha Budhi , Desmond Gumbs  |  R |  DVD
3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: LaNease Adams, Nahtasha Budhi, Jimmy Cliff, John 'Ras Kidus' Cornelius, Mark Danvers
  • Directors: Desmond Gumbs
  • Producers: Bentley Kyle Evans, Nile Evans, Susan Crank, Trenten Gumbs
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Lions Gate
  • DVD Release Date: May 18, 2004
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0001US628
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #70,449 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Rude Boy" on IMDb

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Editorial Reviews

Beenie Man, Ninja Man, Jimmy Cliff, Michael "Bear" Talifierro and Mark Danvers star in this DVD feature film. They witness the biggest trade connect between the U.S. and Jamaica when a naive Jamaican becomes a mule for the deadliest Don on American Soil

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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
This film would reflect poorly on Jamaican cinema, but it was mostly filmed in the United States so West Indians can sleep easy knowing it's not their fault. This is a remarkably bad movie in concept and execution from all aspects save the soundtrack.
The film follows the story of Julius (Mark Danvers) an aspiring musician and mass murderer. Emigrating to the United States as a mule for a Suge Knightesque fellow, he immediately is frustrated by an employer who demands that he actually work in order to receive remuneration. Faced with so tyrannical a demand, he is torn with the dilemma of returning to his rude ways or sticking it out legit to save money for studio time. The devil on one shoulder snuffs the angel on the other. The poor acting having started from the get go, the film then begins wandering aimlessly from drug deal to drug deal and shooting to shooting all the while trying to pawn off on the audience bad acting and poor character development. Luckily, the technical aspects of the film are terrible as well so as to make for almost perfect symmetry across the quality board. Only Beenie Man's competence as an actor keeps the film from achieving anti-perfection, well, that and a halfway decent soundtrack.
As the film drags on one realizes that journeyman writers Bentley Kyle and Trenton Gumbs refuse to take advantage of many opportunities to make the film stop. Instead, they continue on piling superfluity at every chance to a film already much too long at the first natural conclusion point. The script lacks throughout in every way imaginable. The audience should heed the warning from Ninja Man's first appearance that further viewing will be a testing ordeal. He's a legendary freestyler but a terrible actor. There are perhaps two or three funny lines in the film but the real joke is on me as I didn't turn it off thinking it might get better.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars If i could i would give it 1/2 stars December 14, 2005
Format:DVD
This movie is the worst Jamaican movie ever. It makes Top Shottas look like Scarface. The "story", "acting" an "action scenes" were all laughable. If your a real fan of Jamaican films save your money or invest it in "Smile Orange", "The Harder They Come", "Third World Cop" or "Dancehall Queen" or even "Top Shotta".
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars HAS SOME DECENT ACTING, BUT... June 9, 2004
Format:DVD
A REGGAE MUSICIAN BEGINS TO DEAL DRUGS FOR A DRUG KINGPIN SO HE COULD GET THE MONEY FOR STUDIO TIME. HAS A DECENT PLOT, BUT MOST OF THE ACTING ISN'T GOOD, AND MOST OF THE CHARACTERS WERE JUST CLICHED CHARCTERS THAT YOU'D USUALLY SEE A JAMAICAN ACTOR PLAY. I DO AGREE THAT THERE IS QUITE A BIT OF THINGS TO LAUGH AT WHEN WATCHING THIS MOVIE. NOT THE WORST OF ITS KIND, BUT, I DON'T THINK ITS REALLY WORTH BUYING.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Vaguely Interesting Almost Laughable Bad Movie May 29, 2004
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Format:DVD
This is one of those movies begging to be shown late at night on the USA Network. Besides the plot with a lot of potential and the translation of Jamaican slang English using subtitles, there wasn't much left to talk about in this movie. I can't honestly with a clear conscience recommend this movie, even as a video. If you really have to see this movie, wait until it hits cable, otherwise its not worth it. I was watching this movie and I watched my watch equally as much.
The plot had more holes than a pound of Swiss cheese and wasn't at all surprising. The soundtrack was spotty and bad. The scene cuts made you think they spliced out the TV commercials (maybe they saw the script and just planned ahead. The acting was grade "C" at best. The only got you might recognize is Michael Taliferro, who played Emerald in "You Got Served". Although you might think its double vision when you see the character he plays in this movie.
I really hope this was a low budget flick, because if it wasn't someone who wasn't in the movie got robbed. Don't waste any money if this ever makes it to a theatre or video. Just wait in and see if it hits cable - expect it around 3 am or 4 am.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Was this supposed to be drama? June 2, 2004
By A Customer
Format:DVD
I laughed about 50% of the time throughout this movie. If you like serious gangster or drug kingpin movies you probably won't like this one; but if you like comedy with gun violence, a fabricated love plot, a fake music artist and dialog with humor you'll probably (I use "probably" loosely) enjoy this. Just writing this review makes me laugh at some of the scenes. Everything seemed rushed. I would rent it again in the next 2 months for some comic relief.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Very Funny and Watchable Movie May 10, 2008
Format:DVD
If you're a "Jamerican" living in Los Angeles, who feels strange about American "hip-hop" culture, you will find this film both amusing and entertaining. "Rude Boy" was made in the tradition of previous Jamaican crime dramas, such as "The Harder They Come," but this film takes itself a lot less seriously. The film is interpolated with comedic moments, such as the tough talk delivered by the overweight, Suge Knight-inspired crime kingpin "Biggs," but the film also stays true to the Jamaican crime-movie premise that crime is necessary when you're oppressed -- just as long as the crime victims deserve to be victims.
If you think favorably toward hip hop culture, or if you're expecting Rude Boy to be "Citizen Kane," then you probably won't like the film. But if you're looking for something light-hearted, entertaining, humorous and somewhat uplifting, this will be one of your favorite Jamaican crime movies.
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