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The Hip Hop Project

  PG-13

Matt Ruskin

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Plot Summary

From executive producers Bruce Willis and Queen Latifah, The Hip Hop Project is the compelling story of a group of New York City teens who embark on a unique journey of self-discovery as they dare to reach for their dreams. Inspired by a formerly homeless teenager named Kazi, the young people struggle to write music about the tough issues affecting their lives. Over the next four years, they overcome daunting obstacles to produce a powerful and thought-provoking album, recorded in a studio donated by Willis and hip hop mogul Russell Simmons. Winner of 16 film festivals this critically acclaimed film is a lasting legacy to the teens’ transformation through the power of hope and healing.

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Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews

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57%
  • Reviews Counted: 37
  • Fresh: 21
  • Rotten: 16
  • Average Rating: 6.3/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: It makes the viewer uncomfortable, too -- but it's unquestionably honest, like so much of Hip-Hop. – John Anderson, Variety, Jul 7, 2010

Fresh: Will the music of The Hip Hop Project album change your life? Likely, no. Did the process of making it change the lives of those involved in its creation? Undoubtedly. And that, perhaps, is inspiration enough. – Mark Olsen, Los Angeles Times, Sep 20, 2007

Rotten: In fact, it is the tyro director's slapdash structure and pacing that distract from the film's content. A rather haphazard architect of his own material, Ruskin tends to rush certain crucial developments while lingering on more lackluster details. – Michelle Kung, Boston Globe, Nov 24, 2011

Rotten: The Hip Hop Project has a good heart and more than a little trouble organizing its thoughts. – Rafer Guzman, Newsday, Jun 24, 2010

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