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byJeffrey M. Anderson, Common Sense MediaAug 14, 2015
Parents need to know that Straight Outta Compton is a biopic of the groundbreaking, incendiary rap group N.W.A., whose song "F--k tha Police" caused a huge stir in 1988. On one hand, the group blazed many new trails in music and is highly acclaimed today, but on the other hand, their behavior doesn't exactly qualify them as strong role models. The movie contains very strong language, with constant uses of "f--k," "s--t," the "N" word, and many more. Sex is also an issue, with full-frontal female nudity, some sexual situations, and characters with multiple partners. There are several strongly violent scenes, with a riot at a concert, fighting and beating, and general destruction. Some blood is shown, and characters die. Guns are drawn, but rarely fired. One major character begins the film as a drug dealer, and cocaine and pot are shown. Characters drink frequently throughout (with no consequences), and some drug use and smoking is shown.
In the 1980s, black youths in Compton are faced with poverty, police harassment, drugs, and violence. Five friends, known as Dr. Dre (Corey Hawkins), Ice Cube (O'Shea Jackson Jr.), Eazy-E (Jason Mitchell), MC Ren (Aldis Hodge), and DJ Yella (Neil Brown Jr.), decide to try their hand at making rap music. Before long, with the help of manager Jerry Heller (Paul Giamatti), they become N.W.A. and create one of the most incendiary and most game-changing albums of all time. Fans love them as much as the police hate them, but squabbles over money quickly drive the group apart. Dre and Cube struggle to launch solo careers, but Eazy's record label is drying up. He hopes to get N.W.A. back together again, but fate has other plans.