Beats is an American coming-of-age-drama film directed by Chris Robinson.

Official trailers

Netflix on Tuesday, May 14, 2019 released the trailer:
Beats - A Netflix Film | Official Trailer.

Story intro

Young teens are out on the Chicago streets. A single mother, Carla, has cooked dinner and sends her daughter, Kari, out to find her brother, August. Both kids are shot and Kari dies. As a result August is trapped in his room with PTSD and anxiety attacks. Carla goes to work every day and is the overprotective mother of August. August watches from his window his best friend Laz sell drugs and pines for the girl of his dreams Niyah. The school principal, Vanessa, tells the staff that she is going to cut personnel if attendance does not improve. She hired her soon to be ex-husband, Romelo, as the school security guard. August has not been to school for months and he tries to get August to come back to class. He was unaware of the boy's trauma but he hears a great beat in the teen's music. Secretly he befriends August. He sees the boy as his ticket back in the hip-hop music scene and a way to keep his wife. Slowly the two work on the music together. Romelo tells August to find a reason to write music and the girl Niyah is perfect except his friend Laz likes her too. The song is written and delivered to Niyah. She likes this strange boy. Romelo sets up a date and makes contact with his old music producers. Queen Cabrini sings the song at a street party and it's a winner. Problem is no one told Mom. She comes home from work and no son at home. She calls the police and Romelo ends up arrested. August trashes all the music equipment in his room and run's off. August blames himself for his sister's death and for being such a burden on his mother. Romelo explains he is just a boy and the world's problems are not his fault. He confesses to August that he was using him too. They can do things the right way. August starts back to school welcomed by Principal Vanessa and girlfriend Niyah.

Cast

Khalil Everage
August Monroe
Uzo Aduba
Carla Monroe
Anthony Anderson
Romelo Reese
Ashley Jackson
Niyah
Emayatzy Corinealdi
Vanessa Robinson
Megan Sousa
Kari
Paul Walter Hauser
Terrence
Dave East
Mister Ford
Jeremy Phillips
Vern
Ariana Burks
Leshea (as Ariana D. Burks)
Skye Sparks
Elizabeth
Michael David Hammond
Big Dude
Evan J Simpson
Laz
Ahmad Nicholas Ferguson
Boy in Blue (as Ahmad Ferguson)
Malkia Stampley
Teacher
Julian Williams
Young Buck
Young Quan
Raw Space Rapper #1
Nike Boi
Raw Space Rapper #2
Dreezy
Queen Cabrini (as Seandrea 'Dreezy' Sledge)
Israel Idonije
Big Ass Dad
Leah Urzendowski
Receptionist
Zernardo Tate
Concert Rapper (as Zenardo 'Z-Money' Tate)
William Jones
DJ (as William 'Peezy' Jones)
Jalen Austin
J Sprado
Christopher Ray Robinson II
Tony Bigs
Stephan Scalabrino
Officer #1
Tyré Green
Rapper Tone (as Tyre Green)
Consuella Hollins
Neighbor
Bryan Smith
Rapper

About

Principal photography began in June 2018 in Chicago.

The film Beats was scheduled to be released on June 19, 2019 (United States) by Netflix.

The duration of the film is 110 minutes.

Rating

Beats got high rating from critics.

External links

IMDB: Beats

Wikipedia: Beats (film)

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