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Afeni: I'm worried about...
Tupac: Ain't nothing to be worried about.
Afeni: Like all Black leaders you have a bullseye on your back, and today it just got bigger!
Tupac: But I ain't no Black leader! Not yet!
Afeni: And how are you not a Black leader?! The Vice President was just talking about you on the TV! Baby, you have to understand with The Panthers, it wasn't that we had guns or black leather, it was because of our message. We were transforming minds. They are going to come after you with everything you love. They're going to give you the tools that you need to destroy yourself!

For the Tupac album this film is named after, go here.

All Eyez on Me is a 2017 Biopic centered around the life of rapper Tupac Shakur, starring Demetrius Shipp, Jr as the iconic rapper; along with Kat Graham, Danai Gurira, Lauren Cohan, Dominic L. Santana, and Jamal Woolard, the latter reprising his role as Shakur's friend-turned-rival The Notorious B.I.G. from 2009's Notorious (2009).

A large portion of the movie takes place while Shakur was serving time for sexual assault on Riker's Island between 1994 and 1995, with his life from childhood up to his conviction being told In Medias Res via an interview while he was imprisoned. The second half of the movie focuses on Shakur's life from his release from prison to his murder in Las Vegas in 1996.


  • The '70s: Afeni's trial, and most of Tupac's childhood.
  • The '80s: Tupac's teenage years, where he began rapping and writing poetry.
  • The '90s: The rest of the movie focuses on Tupac's career from 1990-1996.
  • Advertised Extra: Lauren Cohan's one scene in the trailer accounts for half her screen time.
  • Anachronism Stew:
    • Many brands and products that appeared long after the events of the movie show up — the most glaring example being an iPhone 7, which Tupac and several other actors can be spotted holding at various points in the movie. Another example, as mentioned below in Artistic License – History, is the live performance of "Hail Mary".
    • Snoop Dogg is seen later in the film wearing the exact outfit he had in the "Drop It Like It's Hot" video; you know, the song that came out in 2004.
  • Ambiguous Situation: While the movie goes with Tupac's description of what happened the night he was accused of sodomy, exactly what happened in-between him leaving the room he was in with Brianna and the aftermath is left up in the air.
  • Artistic License – History: There were more than a few holes with the film's take on Tupac's life:
    • Not long after the film's release Jada Pinkett Smith went on record saying that there were several inaccuracies surrounding her relationship with Pac, including:
      • Tupac never read her the poem he wrote about her, and she didn't know about it until it was posthumously published in The Rose That Grew From Concrete.
      • He abruptly left Baltimore, and never disclosed why he had to leave, nor did he say goodbye, to Jada.
      • Jada also didn't attend any of Tupac's shows by request, nor did they have an argument backstage.
    • Tupac's (truncated) House of Blues set was fairly accurate, except for the addition of "Hail Mary", which was never performed live during his lifetime, and was likely added in for fanservice more than anything.
    • During the scene where Tupac meets Faith Evans and discussed collaborating, tracks from All Eyez on Me can be heard in the background. In real life, the album wasn't out yet, and the 2Pac/Evans collaboration ("Wonda Why They Call U Bytch") was recorded the very same night they met at the club.
    • After Tupac is shot and taken to a hospital, Big Frank gets out his car and shows his LAPD badge to the Las Vegas police officers on the scene. Big Frank was never a LAPD officer.
  • As Himself: Money B of Digital Underground and two of Tupac's former Outlawz bandmates, E.D.I. Mean and Young Noble, play themselves. In an odd case of this, D.U. bandleader Shock G and Snoop Dogg dubbed over their respective actors in the film.
  • Bad Boss: Unsurprisingly, Suge Knight; though he actually treats 2Pac fairly well compared to most of his other employees.
  • Biopic
  • Corrupt Corporate Executive: Suge, Suge, Suge...
  • Fanservice:
    • There's plenty of scenes throughout the film where Tupac and others are surrounded by naked ladies partying and rubbing him down.
    • In a non-sexual, and blatantly anachronistic example, the movie shows Tupac performing "Hail Mary" at his House of Blues concert, which never actually happened at the real show.
  • Force Feeding: Suge does this to one of his employees because he stole 250 grand from him.
  • Foregone Conclusion: Pac's death is so entrenched in pop culture, not even the movie trailers bothered to hide the scene that immediately preceded the shooting.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: Nigel is very clearly Jacques "Haitian Jack" Agnant, a music manager/drug dealer who was rumored to be the man behind Tupac's 1994 Quad Studios shooting. For what it's worth, the real Haitian Jack denied giving the order, but said someone else did it anyway behind his back, which the movie depicts.
  • Police Brutality: Tupac was both a victim and witness to police brutality, including the infamous beating he received for jaywalking, and shooting two off-duty cops for attacking a black driver.
  • Rape Is a Special Kind of Evil: Because of his pending rape case, the people working with Tupac on a movie severed ties with him to avoid bad publicity.
  • Roman à Clef: While most of the obvious names involved in Pac's life are left alone, Jacques "Haitian Jack" Agnant, and Ayanna Jackson had their names changed to Nigel and Brianna, respectively, likely to avoid lawsuits.
  • Same Language Dub: Jarrett Ellis, who protrayed Snoop Dogg, had his voice dubbed over by the Doggfather himself. Likewise, Shock G dubbed over Chris Clarke (himself a Digital Underground member) during scenes where Clark performs as Humpty Hump.
  • Stock Footage: That security footage of Tupac's MGM Grand Royal brawl shown in the film? That was from actual CCTV footage from that very night.
  • We Can Rule Together: Suge offers Tupac leadership of Death Row's planned east coast branch as an incentive to keep him under Death Row's umbrella. Tupac accepts; but not entirely by choice, since Suge is keeping a tight grip on his royalties.