Dope

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Dope

Time Out says

4 out of 5 stars

You’ve seen L.A.’s menacing Inglewood before—a hood of bouncing low-riders and uneasy staredowns—but not, we’re guessing, in an indie comedy that totally reinvents the teens-on-a-wacky-misadventure movie. Dope presents a trio of lovable dorks: Malcolm (Shameik Moore), Jib (The Grand Budapest Hotel’s Tony Revolori) and Diggy (Kiersey Clemons). What do they like doing? Getting good grades, listening to classic ’90s hip-hop, BMX biking and playing in their punk band, Oreo (zing). You know, Malcolm says: “white stuff.” 

Writer-director Rick Famuyiwa never quite sends his nerdlings to the slaughterhouse, even as they accidentally get involved in a drug deal and the Molly underworld. Instead, he doubles down on an applying-to-Harvard satire that both upends demographic expectations while insisting (at times a bit strenuously) that we all aim a little higher. Dope has thrilling moments and flies like Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, but its caustic intelligence glints fast and furious.

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Release details

Rated:
R
Release date:
Friday June 19 2015
Duration:
103 mins

Cast and crew

Director:
Rick Famuyiwa
Screenwriter:
Rick Famuyiwa
Cast:
Zoë Kravitz
Forest Whitaker
Blake Anderson
Keith Stanfield
Tony Revolori
Shameik Moore
Kiersey Clemons

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