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Dope

  • Comedy
  • Drama
  • 2015
  • Rick Famuyiwa
  • 98 mins
  • 15

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.

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Review

Rating: 4 out of 5.

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.

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Credits

Cast

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MalcolmShameik Moore
JibTony Revolori
DiggyKiersey Clemons
LisaKimberly Elise
BugLaKeith Stanfield
WillBlake Anderson
NakiaZoë Kravitz
LilyChanel Iman
DomA$ap Rocky
NarratorForest Whitaker
Mr BaileyBruce Beatty
JaleelQuincy Brown

Crew

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DirectorRick Famuyiwa

Details

Theatrical distributor
Sony
Released on
2015-09-04
Language
English
Guidance
Violence, swearing, sex scenes, drug abuse.
Available on
DVD
Formats
Colour
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