Growing up in West Baltimore, teenage Mouse (Jahi Di’Allo Winston, Queen & Slim, Proud Mary, The Upside) feels the fierce pull of different forces: Between notorious ex-con Blax (Grammy-nominated best-selling artist Meek Mill) and concerned Detective Rivers (William Catlett, Black Lightning, Lovecraft Country), and between the straight path set for Mouse by his concerned mother (Teyonah Parris, If Beale Street Could Talk, Dear White People, Empire) and the dangers of gang life, which took his brother’s life. The one truth Mouse knows is that he loves the power, artistry and energy of “The Ride” — the exhilarating motorized-dirt-bike scene that is both pastime and passion on the streets of Baltimore. During one eventful summer, Mouse steers his way through two father figures, a first girlfriend, the pull of illegal choices and the thrill of stunt-riding that makes him and his friends feel like Charm City Kings.
Originally scheduled for theatrical release on April 10, 2020 from Sony Classics, the film was put on the shelf due to Wuhan coronavirus and all movie theaters in the world being closed. After being sold to HBO Max, the film ultimately bypasses movie theaters and debuts on Video On Demand in 2020 at a TBD date.