Dope

Dope

Rick Famuyiwa (2015)

98min
15 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
All the clichés of the African-American 'hood movie are turned on their head in this joyously fast-paced crime caper, in which three friends from the mostly black area of Inglewood, Los Angeles, horrify their posturing peers with their squeaky-clean behaviour and such nerdy interests as BMX biking and collecting cheesy, old-school hip-hop - preferably on vinyl. The two clans connect at a birthday party for drug dealer Dom (rapper A$ap Rocky), where bright student Malcolm (Shameik Moore) is unwittingly saddled with a stash of top-grade narcotics after an attack by rival gang members. Now in fear for his life, Malcolm and his two quick-witted cohorts, Jib (The Grand Budapest Hotel's Tony Revolori) and Diggy (Kiersey Clemons) must negotiate between the gangsters trying to steal the drugs and the mystery Mr Big who wants them back. The stakes are high, but Dope is far from grim: it's a fast, funky and good-hearted take on the urban heist movie.

Summary

A geeky teenager in an inner-city neighbourhood harbours dreams of going to Harvard. He and his friends think their social standing at school is set to improve when they get an invitation to an underground party, but the night leaves them mixed up in crime and drugs and forced to grow up fast. Crime comedy, starring Shameik Moore and Tony Revolori.

Cast & Crew

Malcolm Shameik Moore
Jib Tony Revolori
Diggy Kiersey Clemons
Jaleel Quincy Brown
Lisa Hayes Kimberly Elise
Will Sherwood Blake Anderson
Nakia Zoe Kravitz
Dom Rakim Mayers
Director Rick Famuyiwa
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: SonyGuidance: Violence, swearing, sex scenes, drug abuse.Available on: DVDReleased on: 4 Sep 2015
Comedy Drama