DVD - 2009 | Unrated director's cut.
Average Rating:
Rate this:
Chronicling the extraordinary life of Christopher 'The Notorious B.I.G.' Wallace. Through raw talent and sheer determination, Biggie transforms himself from a Brooklyn street hustler (once selling crack to a pregnant woman) to superstardom. He has to juggle the increasing demands of fatherhood, marriage, and a music career that is strife with chaos and controversy. On March 8, 1997, in Los Angeles, a black Chevy Impala pulls up along Biggie's car and fires several shots at Biggie, killing him. He had become one of the greatest rappers of all time.


From the critics

Community Activity


Add a Comment

Feb 01, 2018

Good biopic.

blueberrymouse Jun 22, 2015

The acting was good but the dialog was crap just like the music that is Crap! N word and way too many F - bombs. The dialog just shows the limited intelligence of both the performers and the audience who these no talent performers play to.
If you want to hear ghetto stories without all the vulgarity, try listening to Gil Scott-Heron's Evolution (And Flashback) The Very Best of Gil Scott-Heron; Winter In America and The Best of Gil Scott-Hero. He was talented but under appreciated! He is gone but not forgotten. By the way, I'm 66 years old.

aaa5756 Aug 13, 2011


Aug 13, 2009

This shallow, predictable biopic follows Brooklyn gangsta rapper Notorious B.I.G.'s rise to fame until his death by shooting at age 24 & plays right into the rampant commercial exploitation of the rapper rags-to-riches myth. Cast members resurrect the personae & sounds of the likes of Tupac Shakur, Lil' Kim, & Sean Puffy Combs with varying degrees of success. If you like hip-hop music, stock profanity, & paternity squabbles, this one's for you.

Jul 24, 2009

The biggest injustice in this film - is the blatant rip-off of the film title: "Notorious" - which is of course, the title of Alfred Hitchcock's (whose birthday it is today, btw) 1946 bona fide romantic classic/espionage thriller with Cary Grant and Ingrid Bergman and the unflappable Claude Rains. But for Grant replacing Bogie - we might have had the makings of a Casablanca part 2!!
That glaring anachronistic anomaly aside - Notorious circa 2009 may still not be all it should be...
C'mon already... everyone knows this is Puff Daddy's - I mean P. Diddy's - I mean Sean John's - I mean Sean Combs' movie bought-and-paid-for... he's Executive Producer for gawds sake, and he's gonna look smooooth thru' out - at everybody else's expense - even the truth, a little! What were u expectin'?
But that 'don't' mean it ain't hardcore enough to give you the feel of the street first-and-foremost... interspersed with the high-life these edgy rappers were livin'!

Throw in a little bit of ghetto-like Americana - and the net effect of this piece is stylized trash and ebony ember: The Hood - Cha-Ching - Bling - and Glamour - all rolled up into one!
I think "Notorious" was ultimately edited, Sean Jean-style - but hardcore enough to take its viewers on a bumpy ride of heavy beats - heavy greets - heavy blow - and heavy popularity in the ghettos of New York, and L.A., and all over the U.S. where rap is King - and players like Christopher George Latore Wallace, a.k.a. Biggie Smalls, a.k.a. The Notorious B.I.G., were worshipped.
The H.S. ballers I coached in the nineties, in T.O.'s socially and economically disadvantaged areas - who used to listen to Biggie, and Tupac, Lil' Kim, and Jay-Z tell me that this movie's a-ight... and if it's good enough for my boyz in the hood... that's sayin' something!
It's not a movie for everyone - true - (I bet my b-ballers would laugh wit me, knowing I like the Hitchcock version better! lol) - but then again... that's what makes life so interesting... nobody thinks all-alike... different strokes for different folks... keep on rockin' it and the beats comin'... like Biggie Smalls (R.I.P.) used to do it... and like "Notorious" does... still!


Add Notices

Feb 13, 2018

Coarse Language: Explicit language


Add a Quote

Feb 01, 2018

Sean Combs: We can't change the world unless we change ourselves.


Add Age Suitability

There are no ages for this title yet.


Add a Summary

There are no summaries for this title yet.

Explore Further

Browse by Call Number


Subject Headings

No similar edition of this title was found at Sno-Isle Libraries.

Try searching for Notorious to see if Sno-Isle Libraries owns related versions of the work.

Suggest for Purchase

To Top