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Small-town boy comes to big city, gets dreams crushed, then crushes the dreams of those around him…who doesn’t love the Scott McClellan story? But for anyone who, at this point, doesn’t give a flying fig about who lied about what when, there’s always Jimmy Cliff’s cult classic The Harder They Come, the story of a young man named Ivanhoe who arrives in Kingston, Jamaica, as a wide-eyed innocent and eventually leaves the music industry for the decidedly less sleazy drug trade, only to find that his notoriety reenergizes his status as a recording artist. In typically confusing Jamaican fashion, there are two versions of the film, each with a different ending. No idea which one will be showing this weekend at the AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center, but the soundtrack, featuring Desmond Dekker, the Maytals, and Cliff classics like “You Can Get It if You Really Want” should ease the confusion—though I suspect many audience members will not be feeling much pain anyway. The film shows at 9:45 p.m. at the AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center, 8633 Colesville Road, Silver Spring. $9.75. (301) 495-6700.