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Action5
Drama2.5
Romance5
Humor10
Suspense0
Gore2.5
Style10
Realism2.5
Ambition2.5
Challenge2.5
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RELEASED 2015 RUNTIME 103 MIN LANGUAGE ENGLISH DIRECTION RICK FAMUYIWA SCREENPLAY RICK FAMUYIWA STARRING SHAMEIK MOORE, TONY REVOLORI, KIERSEY CLEMONS, KIMBERLY ELISE, CHANEL IMAN, BLAKE ANDERSON, ZOE KRAVITZ, A$AP ROCKY, KEITH STANFIELD, RICK FOX, ROGER GUENVEUR SMITH MUSIC GERMAINE FRANCO


 

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PREMISE

Dope is a coming of age crime comedy about Malcolm (Shameik Moore) and his 2 friends living in Ingelwood, CA who are nerds and in mind stuck in the 90’s. They dress accordingly and listen to 90’s music.
They are about to graduate from high school with Malcolm being the smartest who also aims for his big dream to attend Harvard after graduation. But unfortunately one day he unintentionally gets dragged into the drug dealing front and runs danger to have his dream crushed.

SETTING

I’m not usually the guy for coming of age movies. But Dope seems kind of different and also is rated R, yay!
Also, it’s fresh to see a coming of age movie focusing on people of black color living in a not such good neighborhood.
How many times did we have to watch stories about white nerds in high school bullied by frat boys and jocks?
Well, not this time. Since our kids live in a ghetto and go to a mostly black school they are now being bullied by drug dealer kids and gang members, which are another stereotypes of its own, but at least something fresh. That’s pretty much the best way I can describe the movie. it also kind of reminds me of the TV show Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.

TONE

I really dig this movie. I am not from a ghetto or anything like it, but I’m a nerd who appreciates the 90’s a lot and I just enjoy the tone of the film. As I said, it’s rated R, so it has strong language and nudity, but still comes across as a young people’s comedy.
Also, it is very stylish. There is great 90’s music and overall it feels very colorful and witty. It’s like a graffiti coming to life.
However, I wish the movie would have factored the 90’s theme more into the plot. In the end it kind of feels like a gimmick more than a vital part of the story.

PERFORMANCES

All the actors do a good job and the story makes sense. Of course, like with every coming of age movie it is a little over the top, but I never found myself rolling my eyes. In fact, I really enjoyed the great style and the characters.
I especially enjoyed a lot of the side characters, of course stereotypes, but not over the top silly.

CONCLUSION

Overall I can recommend the movie to everybody, especially the Afro-American community, who like coming of age stories and feel that they have not been represented enough in this kind of genre.
Maybe it has been done before, but for me at least I find it very refreshing to have young kids of color and their dreams to be represented in a film such as this and how they grow up in an environment nobody really likes to talk about.
The movie is not somber, but very colorful and funny with an environment that presents itself for its own sort of humor. I really like Dope. Good job!