urban drama with basketball as its backdrop. it’s not as good as he got game or menace to society, but it captures the spirit of those sorts of films fairly well. further, the mother figure in the film is one of the more inspired role models i’ve seen in a film like this. more fleshed out and powerful than charles s dutton’s character from menace II society. tupac does a good job playing the neighborhood gangster with to much power and not enough guidance. the basketball scenes were done well enough. what’s most important for a film like this is that it doesn’t turn into a didactic piece of mtv-produced, saturday morning garbage.