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For The Love Of Money may not stand out amongst crime dramas, but the storyline and performances keep you from getting bored.
|Screenplay By||Timothy Allen Smith, Zadia Ife, Leslie Small|
|Where To Watch||In Theaters|
|Genre(s)||Action, Crime, Drama|
|Duration||1 Hour, 38 Minutes|
|Content Rating||Rated R|
|Bobby||D.C. Young Fly|
|Pastor G||Katt Williams|
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At one time, Greg and Gigi were a happy couple, raising their daughter Ashley together, with the help of Gigi’s mom Dalia. However, once their marriage collapsed, Greg got petty and made Gigi’s life difficult – specifically when it came to money. So now, with private school bills, amongst all the bills to keep the house, Gigi is overwhelmed, and selling memberships at a gym and working at a local club isn’t cutting it.
So, when the guy who sexually harasses her, Brian, and his partner, Bobby, get caught slipping, she realizes their operation could make her some money. So she talks to them, their boss named Tre, and links them with her connect, Pastor G. But, as always, it only takes one idiot given too much responsibility and power to ruin the plan.
Things To Note | Question(s) Left Unanswered
- Reason(s) for Film Rating: Gun violence, blood, nudity, sexual situations, cursing, and police brutality
- If you are mainly coming to see this for Katt Williams, know he is not might be front and center on the poster but maybe is in a quarter of the movie.
You Never Get Bored
The way For The Love Of Money is handled, there is no end to Gigi’s drama. As a single mom, she has her petty ex, Greg, a federal agent, always looking for ways to punish her for how their relationship ended. At work, she has Brian and Bobby getting on her nerves, and even when she starts working with them professionally, Brian is still a creep, and Bobby? Well, Bobby is played by DC Young Fly, and while he tones down the persona you know from Wild N’ Out, he still brings that charisma and comedic appeal to the role. Add in what Katt Williams brings as a pastor with gang ties? Oh, you’ll definitely feel like the writers knew how to tap into everyone’s strengths.
But, it isn’t just the crime element that will entertain you. Ashley, who is at the center of family drama, leads you to believe that if they just focused on Greg, Gigi, and Ashley alone, they could have made her the anchor or star attraction. She sings at church, gets into trouble at school because she excels, and is a pawn in the fight her father won’t let go of. She has a lot going on, and while it is reined in, it remains a notable part of the film.
So, let’s just say you got options.
Katt Williams playing cool, calm, collected, with someone as an enforcer, is the most hilarious thing to watch – and the man doesn’t tell one joke. I’d even say, if this was made into a series, like True To The Game, he’d have to be a focal point.
On The Fence
It Does Have Run Of The Mill Gangster Film Vibes
While you have to appreciate the story and characters, the overall film might feel a bit generic. It keeps the crime element simple, with us not really knowing what is happening beyond money laundering. Tre lacks complexity as a gangster, and his lackeys in Bobby and Brian might be comical at times, but they’ll also make you roll your eyes. And even when it comes to Katt Williams as a Pastor, like most of this movie, if you don’t appreciate these kinds of films, you may not enjoy what Katt or anyone brings.
Simply put, For The Love of Money knows its niche and focuses on appealing to that niche. Plain and simple.
Our Rating: Positive (Worth Seeing)
If you’re someone who likes seeing the famous faces of the 90s and early to mid-00s show that they still got it? Then, on top of that, some light gangster s***, with an undercurrent of quality performances and storylines? Then For The Love Of Money is for you. For while it may not shake up the crime drama genre, if you needed your hood film fix, this will take the edge off.