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Charm City Kings (2021)

Charm City Kings (2021)
Charm City Kings (2021)
Charm City Kings (2021)
  • R
  • 2h 3m
  • 2020
Certified Fresh79%
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In this stirring coming-of-age drama, 14-year-old Mouse (Jahi Di'Allo Winston) and his best friends Lamont (Donielle Tremaine Hansley) and Sweartagawd (Kezii Curtis) desperately want to join The Midnight Clique, an infamous group of dirt bikers who rule West Baltimore's summertime streets. Following the tragic death of his older brother Stro, a legendary Midnight rider, Mouse is determined to win the respect of the neighborhood, help provide for his family, and above all, be a man. As his mom Teri (Teyonah Parris) and mentor Detective Rivers (William Catlett) work overtime to help the bright, charismatic teen reach his full potential, Midnight's leader, Blax (Meek Mill), takes Mouse under his wing – an act of kindness that inadvertently leads Mouse down a road paved with fast money and violence.
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Certified Fresh79%
Critics Consensus: Charm City Kings falls shy of more effective similarly themed coming-of-age films, but strong direction and engaging performances make its flaws easy to forgive.
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Common Sense Media

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Common Sense Says
Powerful drama highlights the power of choices; violence.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Charm City Kings centers on an inner-city teen named Mouse (Jahi Di'Allo Winston) who dreams of joining Baltimore's Midnight Clique biker crew. Reflecting the reality of what happens in many disenfranchised communities, there's some violence, blood is shed, and a young life is lost. There's also strong language, including the "N" word, "f--k," "bitch," "ass," and more. One young man badly beats another, and there's some drug dealing. Two consenting teenagers share a gentle kiss. The movie has themes of loyalty, positive mentorship, and overcoming the consequences of making iffy decisions. The balance between the beauty of youth and the harshness of inner city life give this film its impact. It offers a positive counter-stereotype in its depiction of young Black boys and adult men who express emotion and aren't afraid to cry.

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Additional Info

  • Genre:Drama
  • Release Date:October 8, 2020
  • Languages:English
  • Captions:English
  • Audio Format:
    5.1
  • Screen Pass Eligible:No
If purchased in:4K
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