Its then he realizes it's his time to get out the drug trade, but just as he does Rico kills Calvin in retaliation and Mitch's brother sonny is kidnapped. But Ace's power begins to crumble when Calvin comes back and wants to regain his place on top, and Rico's violent and flamboyant methods attract the wrong kind of attention. Mitch goes to Ace for help, as Ace provides him with enough cocaine to pay Sonny's ransom and allow Mitch and Rico to resume business. He didn't seem out of place, but it was kind of awkward. Soon, Ace finds himself dealing cocaine for Lulu. Ace is an impressionable young man working for a dry cleaning business.
We just listen to it; but in some way the movie could be also messing with us. His sister's boyfriend, Calvin Kevin Carroll , is a local cocaine dealer who tries to lure Ace into the drug trade with promises of fast money and women. Impressed, Ace goes back to Lulu and gets more product to sell. The rest of the cast female and male and younger , achieved amazingly by pros Kerry Barden, Billy Hopkins and Suzanne Smith experienced in casting people for films of this type , accomplish decent performances just to match everything with the story. The trajectory is well-known: poverty, success, riches, and then death or jail. Calvin on the other hand leads a flashy lifestyle and Ace admires but he knows it's a dead end road and soon he's proven right. When Mitch tries to teach his younger brother the fine art of caring for his new white tennis shoes and how to lace the shoelaces, for instance, it's worth more than a dozen obvious '80s pop culture references.
Then another young hotshot Cam'ron comes along, and Ace becomes the veteran who's a target. Breaking the law is simply an unfortunate side effect of wanting to make more money than can be done legally. The movie starts as many others these days, giving a glance of the present. Lulu has a top-quality supply of cocaine which Ace sells on the street at a cheap price, quickly luring away customers from other drug dealers. It's about changes in a place that seems to be the same all the time, from the outside; but it's different from the inside.
Even though Ace is recovering and now wants out of the game, he must find out who is behind the kidnapping while not only going out on top, but staying alive. The time and place -- Harlem in the mid-'80s -- is brought to life in a way that feels real and not heavy-handed. Did the profanity in Paid in Full seem gratuitous, or did it seem like an attempt to realistically show how the characters from this time and place actually talked? This plot describes countless lives, and is so common because the laws against drugs do such a good job of supporting the price and making the business so lucrative. Mitch decides to stay in the drug game because he loves the hustle, comparing himself to professional basketball players that continue to chase glory despite having enough money to retire. Ace is an impressionable young man working for a dry cleaning business.
Ace starts wholesaling his product to other dealers in the neighborhood, believing everyone can make money and be happy. Gun violence occurs: characters shot to death and at close range; a character shot in the head. In an unrelated incident, he finds some cocaine in a pants pocket. Then when he sees his chance, Ace makes the move that suddenly changes his life. Then when he sees his chance, Ace makes the move that suddenly changes his life.
It heightens the grit of the story and gives space to the talented actors to bring these characters to life. I really liked this movie. Credits Paid In Full - Sex Tapes Between public screenings of Rico's sex tapes and a fresh-out-of-jail Calvin trying to deal, Ace is starting to worry about maintaining his business, and everyone else's meal ticket. When another dealer goes off to the pen, Ace moves quickly to grab his territory, and soon has so much money that his life demonstrates one of the drawbacks of growing up in poverty: You lack the skills to spend it fast enough. His friend, drug dealer Mitch goes to prison. If applicable, we will notify you about this before processing your order. The trio become extremely wealthy, buying foreign cars, jewelry and expensive champagne.
When Ace asks Rico about his whereabouts that night, Rico lies, not knowing that Mitch had told Ace they were going to meet up the night of his death. Advertisement The Ebert Club is our hand-picked selection of content for Ebert fans. Via lucky breaks and solid interpersonal skills, Ace moves to the top of the Harlem drug world. Sonny's kidnapping and subsequent murder were orchestrated by his own uncle who resented Mitch for not providing him with money and for kicking him out of his family's apartment. This movie will put you in the middle of that dangerous world of drug use,dealing and dealers.
I get love out here in Harlem man, I done sold coke on these streets, man, hash, weed, heroine. His kingdom is destroyed one year later, after successive betrayals. Ace tries to stay behind the scenes in there new operation but soon learns that only works for so long. Ace resists Calvin's temptations, not caring for his unsophisticated ways. Mitch is able to beat his murder charge and both him and Rico join Ace's drug empire. In the late 1980s, Ace Wood Harris is a young man employed by a Harlem dry cleaning shop, working hard to stay out of the drug business. Mitch understands Ace's perspective that the drug game does not reciprocate any love or generosity.
While at work, Ace finds some cocaine in one of his customers' pants. And my taste in books and movies is wide ranging. Parents need to know that Paid in Full is a 2002 movie based on a true story about the rise and fall of a drug dealer in mid-1980s Harlem. When Calvin's released from jail he quickly becomes dissatisfied with being the under man for Ace and tries to rob and kill him. As Ace, Wood Harris brings the same low-key cool that helped make Avon Barksdale such an unforgettable character in.