Nick Halsey was a recovering alcoholic, until his recent relapse. This led his boss to fire him. In his anger, Nick deflated the tires of his boss' car before leaving. While filling up his car, he had a run in with two teenagers about his drinking habits. And when he got home, he found that his belongings were all over the front lawn and the locks had been changed, without his knowing. Nick realises that his wife has left him due to his drinking problem. With no way of getting in the house, he starts to live on his lawn, sleeps on a chair and gets woken up each day by the sprinklers.
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What we are presented instead is Notorious, a dutifully celebratory, profoundly inept retelling of the rise of Wallace from fatherless coke slinger on the corner of Fulton and St. James to the still-praised Shakespeare of hip-hop and best friend to that other don of hip-hop culture, Sean "Puffy" Combs. The film, which is directed by Soul Food helmer George Tillman Jr., opens on the infamous shooting of Wallace outside the Petersen Automotive Museum in LA. As the first bullet is fired, the screen pauses and the voice of the deceased rapper kicks in and rewinds us back to the beginning of the tale with a 12-year-old Wallace, played by Christopher Jordan Wallace, the son of Wallace and R&B singer Faith Evans, sitting outside Queen of All Saints Middle School in Bed-Stuy, waiting for his mother Voletta (Angela Bassett).
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