‘Dope’ Clip: Riding Through the Bottoms

Dope clip

This clip from Sundance smash Dope features Forrest Whitaker as the film’s narrator, and sets up a few basics of the life of Malcolm (Shameik Moore), a high school student trying to make it to class without running afoul of the many pitfalls of his Inglewood neighborhood. But he and his friends, played by Tony Revolori and Kiersey Clemons, are stopped short by Zoe Kravitz.

The film itself does a lot better by Zoe Kravitz than this clip suggests — she’s more than an ass to ogle as the story develops, and Kravitz is one of the film’s best performers. That’s not to say the film is entirely above reproach when it comes to dealing with female characters — there’s one who, in the Sundance edit, didn’t play like much more than a prop — but between Kravitz and Kiersey Clemons there’s more to Dope than this clip suggests.

Dope opens in theaters on June 19. Clip via Yahoo.

A critical hit and audience favorite out of the Sundance Film Festival, in DOPE, Malcolm (Shameik Moore) is carefully surviving life in a tough neighborhood in Los Angeles while juggling college applications, academic interviews, and the SAT. A chance invitation to an underground party leads him into an adventure that could allow him to go from being a geek, to being dope, to ultimately being himself.

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