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Title: Ganked

Year Of Release: 2005

Review Date: March 3, 2007

Rating: PG-13

Running time: 108 minutes

Box Office Gross: N/A (DVD release)

Recommendation: Some mild violence, suggestive jokes, clichéd theme, but movie takes off towards the middle and clear to the finish.

Site Rating: 4 out of 10 stars

"Ganked" is street slang for getting robbed and the lead character in this film definitely got ganked. Kel Mitchell of “Keenan and Kel” fame stars in this tale of an aspiring songwriter/singer, Ricky Barry, who wins a record company contest, for an alleged record deal, which turns in to a scam to steal his songs, by a washed up young singer named Kennedy Ross.

Ironically, Ross is a dead take off of Beyonce Knowles, who is the new Diana Ross. With her career slipping, Kennedy’s dad, a Matthew Knowles-like domineering stage parent and subsidiary label head, commands her to write a hit. The only problem is, she has severe writer's block and is a studio creation, not a real musician, and can't.

So she decides to steal two songs in a row from an unknown musician, arrogantly taking credit for them to the world. Kennedy’s dad is played by the very funny Kat Williams (that’s just the prettiest perm I’ve ever seen on a man). 

Parts of the movie dragged and it really didn’t pick up until about half way through, but when it did, it was hilarious. That’s the problem with this film. It starts out run of the mill and cliché, but it saves the funniest stuff for last.   

"Ganked" features cameos by singer Corey Clark and rapper/actor Fredro Star from the group Onyx, as Kennedy’s boyfriend, who is a thug rapper from New York reminiscent of rapper Jay-Z.


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