Parents need to know that Above the Rim is a drama originally released in 1994 about a young Black man trying to stay away from dangerous influences so he can get to college and play college basketball. Starring Duane Martin, Tupac Shakur, and Marlon Wayans as three friends trying to survive in Harlem, New York, this gritty drama features strong acting from young stars who go on to long careers, except, of course, for Shakur, who was killed in 1996. While this film has gun violence, blood, and some brutality, it is tame compared to the violence in similar movies made years later. Black men get shot (one man gets shot two times by police), beat up, punched, knifed and cut (an unhoused person is murdered), and a man accidentally jumps off a building, falling to his death. There's a lot of strong language ("f--k," "f--king," "motherf--ker," the "N" word, "s--t," and more) and some sexual content (romantic dancing, kissing, sexual jokes), but no sex or nudity. Young adults smoke cigars, cigarillos, and cigarettes. Adults and young adults drink alcohol at clubs and restaurants.