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Release Date: August 14th, 2015

DVD Release Date: January 19th, 2016

R|2 hr 27 min

Plot Summary
In 1988, a groundbreaking new group revolutionizes music and pop culture, changing and influencing hip-hop forever. N.W.A's first studio album, "Straight Outta Compton," stirs controversy with its brutally honest depiction of life in Southern Los Angeles. With guidance from veteran manager Jerry Heller, band members Ice Cube (O'Shea Jackson Jr.), Dr. Dre (Corey Hawkins), Eazy-E, DJ Yella and MC Ren navigate their way through the industry, acquiring fame, fortune and a place in history.

Cast: O'Shea Jackson Jr., Corey Hawkins, Jason Mitchell, Neil Brown Jr., Aldis Hodge, Marlon Yates Jr., R. Marcos Taylor, Alexandra Shipp

Director: F. Gary Gray

Genres: Biography, Drama

Production Co: Circle of Confusion, New Line Cinema, Legendary Pictures, Cubevision

Distributors: Universal Pictures

Keywords: 2000s, Intense, Brooding, Rivalry, 1980s, Pursuit, 1990s, Car, House, 2010s, Underdog, Brash, Friendship

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  • Despite a twisty, juicy and compelling story, there remains a staid conventionality that keeps the political and thematic undercurrents from being explored as satisfyingly as one might hope. show more

  • With a running time of 147 minutes, the film not only runs low on energy toward the end — internecine battles can’t compete with the early excitement of gifted young kids making it big on a national stage — but turns ploddingly sentimental in its sudden focus on Eazy-E’s painful decline, and death, from AIDS. show more

  • If the movie pushes most of the ugliest behavior off onto side players (like the notorious Suge Knight, played by R. Marcus Taylor), it does for the most part fulfill its mission, breathing life into the origin story of a group whose influence is still being felt. show more

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Awards

Nominated Writing (Original Screenplay)