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'Notorious' Script Review

The folks at New York Magazine read and reviewed the screenplay for Notorious, the biopic for late famed rapper, Notorious B.I.G., which is currently in production, and scheduled for an early 2009 release.

Bottomline - not-so surprisingly, it's not very good; so when the finished film is released in 2009, if you plan on seeing it, go into the theatre with lowered expectations.

Here are some snippets from the New York Magazine review of the script:

- If you, despite everything, were still holding out hope that Notorious B.I.G. might get the smart, probing biopic that his legacy deserves — through the delays, the director changes, the producers' appalling decision to cast the rapper via an Internet talent search, etc. — we have some bad news: We've read the script, and we're not optimistic.

- The 113-page screenplay for Notorious (by journalist Cheo Hodari Coker) makes the unfortunate decision to pack an entire (albeit short) life into a two-hour movie. Notorious — on paper, at least — plays like a loose-knit highlight reel; it's basically the screenplay adaptation of Biggie's Wikipedia entry. (Ouch!)

Read it all here, if you dare: NOTORIOUS SCRIPT REVIEW.


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