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Love Beats Rhymes (2017)

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When struggling rapper Coco (Azealia Banks) enrolls in a poetry class, she thinks her rhymes will impress her teacher, Professor Dixon (Jill Scott). Instead, Dixon challenges Coco to seek ... See full summary »




Nicole Jefferson Asher (as Nicole Asher), Nicole Jefferson Asher (as Nicole Jefferson)



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Credited cast:
John David Washington ... Mahlik
Common ... Coltrane
Lorraine Toussaint ... Nichelle
Method Man ... Ref
Hana Mae Lee ... Julie
Arjun Gupta ... Naveen
Lucien Laviscount ... Derek
Jill Scott ... Professor Dixon
Daniella De Jesús ... Tomboyish Latina (as Daniella De Jesus)
Jeremie Harris ... Matt
Craig muMs Grant ... MuMs da Schemer
Mary Christina Brown ... Sapphire
Jin Au-Yeung ... Jin (as Jin Auyeung)
Nancy Cejari ... Party guest
Esperanza Spalding ... Herself


When struggling rapper Coco (Azealia Banks) enrolls in a poetry class, she thinks her rhymes will impress her teacher, Professor Dixon (Jill Scott). Instead, Dixon challenges Coco to seek real meaning in her lyrics, setting her on a journey of discovery that takes her through rap clubs and poetry slams, leading her to find her true voice - and true love - in this uplifting movie costarring Lucien Laviscount. Written by Lionsgate

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poetry | college | rap | See All (3) »


Drama | Musical

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and some sexual material | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

1 December 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

It Doesn't Have to Rhyme See more »

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Azealia Banks cancelled parts of her tour to have time to film the movie. See more »

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This Is Not A Musical And Yet Enjoyable
27 May 2018 | by GoRichard7See all my reviews

Let me start by saying that going in, I was expecting something different. Perhaps because I was just going off the title and hadn't seen any previews for it. As it turns out, I feel that was a good thing because I see this as a Romance/Drama. Listing this under Musical is way off in my opinion. Music and Poetry are the driving element that push the movie along and give it a purpose to watch. That being said this is not a musical and nobody is going out to buy the Soundtrack.

The story was well written and the pace of the movie didn't drag. The acting fell between decent and very good. I watched it twice a will probably watch it again (but not anytime soon). I would recommend it to others but wouldn't label it as a high priority or a must watch. For me I would say it's a 6 to 7 but others may see it somewhere between 5 and 6.

Some things I liked: 1. Craig muMs Grant - guest appearance, dropping some poetry. 2. Jill Scott - She was a force to be reckoned with the last 00:38:23 - her poem was a beast mode. 3. Last 00:38:23 - the last third of the movie was perfect pace, acting, music.

Some things that lowered my rating. First 01:06:37 1. Bass - just too much and served no purpose (and I breathe HipHop, but damn) 2. Music - there was music playing all the time in the background. 3. Jill Scott - I love everything about this lady but her acting "SUCKED" for the first 01:06:37 (and yes, I triple checked the time. 4. No Cut Scenes - 2 or 3 minutes of cuts scenes of her and her father listening to old HipHop would have better served the movie. Injecting it into the dialogue made it feel disconnected. 5. NUYORICAN Poetry - They hijacked the movement and presented everything but a NYRican. I've seen them perform and personally know the passion and work they put into their craft, it would have been nice to see them being represented in their own forum.

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