U.S. Dramatic; 99 minutes.
A hip-hop pioneer gets her moment in "Roxanne Roxanne," but not enough of her music comes through in the rags-to-riches story.
When we meet Shanté Gooden (played by Chanté Adams) in 1982, she's the 13-year-old oldest daughter of the hard-working Ms. Peggy (Nia Long), living in Queensbridge, a housing project in New York. She's constantly hustling for money — shoplifting clothes and reselling them, for one thing — especially after a boyfriend steals the nest-egg Ms. Peggy was saving for a new house, sending Ms. Peggy spiraling into alcoholism.