DOPE movie review

The Pharrell Williams executive produced film, DOPE is one of those movies we’ll be talking about for some time, one of those films that can impact an era and speak to our youth in a language they understand. It features fresh faces, a new generation of voices we should probably get used to in Shameik Moore, Tony Revolori and Kiersey Clemons. The film is both entertaining and thought provoking, and if you’re watching for the wrong reasons it’s probably educational as well. Simply put, the movie is… Dope.

Shamiek stars as Malcolm, a young teen at a cross between being one of the cool kids and one of the nerds. As a young black dude growing up in urban Los Angeles, he is faced with the realities of the streets and what his future holds if he doesn’t get up out the hood by way of college. But he’s still a young dude trying to enjoy life with his friends and band mates Jib and Diggy,  played by Revolori and Clemons respectively.  Shamiek is the breakout star and he is sure to be a face to get familiar with as roles pour in from here.

A stellar cast that also includes Elise Neal, Zoë Kravitz, A$AP Rocky, Amin Joseph, Chanel Iman, Quincy Brown and Forest Whitaker as the narrator only help make Dope a wonderful ride.  Still it is the Hip-Hop references and tons of humor riddled throughout a well written script that make the film memorable.  All the credit goes to writer and director Rick Famuyiwa.

You can’t help but think about Fresh, the two decade old film about a young scholar who makes all the right decisions.  It may or may have not inspired Dope, but Dope will still stand on it’s own because it’s unique in all the right ways.  It’s one of those must see in the theaters movies, because the buzz is only going to grow and you won’t want to be an outsider in those conversations.

Easily, DOPE receives a PARLÉ


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Kevin Benoit

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