Dope review

Note: This review was originally published during Sundance, in January 2015.

Four days in, Rick Famuyiwa‘s Dope is the best film I’ve seen so far at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival. A coming of age story for the “post hip hop generation” best described as a mix of three films: Doug Liman’s Go, Greg Mottola’s Superbad and John Singleton’s Boyz n the Hood.  I’m posting this review the morning after the premiere and its being reported that six studios are rabidly bidding to distribute this film — its insanely accessible movie for a Sundance film and will sure to be a hit that lives on past its festival and theatrical runs. Read my Dope review after the jump.

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Dope Red Band Trailer

If it seems like we’ve been pushing a lot of Dope trailers the past couple months, that’s because we firmly believe that everyone needs to see this fantastic indie teen comedy when it hits theaters starting next week.

The sensation from the 2015 Sundance Film Festival is a refreshing coming-of-age adventure from the inner-city, and it’s the kind of indie we always hope to discover on the festival circuit. So here we are with a second red band trailer showing off the lively and fun film from writer and director Rick Famuyiwa. Imagine taking Superbad and setting it in tough, urban Los Angeles, and you begin to have an idea of what Dope is like, but it also stands on its own merits. Watch the second Dope red band trailer after the jump! Read More »

Dope red-band trailer

Dope has been making waves since Sundance, but the first trailers have only partially showed off what’s really up with the film. This new Dope red-band trailer goes a lot further, by presenting the characters uncensored, and by showing off a lot more of the story that drives the film. It’s more than a sunny tale of three high school kids (played well by Shameik Moore, Kiersey Clemons, and Tony Revolori) trying to survive school and their neighborhood, after all. Check out the trailer below to find out more. Read More »

‘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. Read More »

Dope trailer

The first teaser trailer for Dope was a blast of images and internet-ready gags, but it didn’t do much to tell anyone about the film itself. This full Dope trailer is much more oriented towards showing off just how jam-packed this movie is — it’s the story of three high-school friends trying to survive their Inglewood neighborhood and get into college. But things get complicated for main guy Malcom (played wonderfully by Shameik Moore) thanks to a girl (Zoe Kravitz), a dealer (A$AP Rocky), some drugs, and a whole bunch of other potential issues. Check out the trailer below. Read More »

Dope teaser trailer

Dope was a big hit at Sundance in part because of its irresistible energy, and the first Dope teaser trailer takes an unusual approach to showing that energy to new audiences. This teaser barely introduces the three leads, a set of ’80s and ’90s-loving outcast nerd kids in Inglewood played by Shameik Moore, Tony Revolori, and Kiersey Clemons. Instead it shows us the stuff they love — throwback design, video games, music — in a flash of footage that gets across the film’s energy better than a simple clip from the movie could. 

The Dope teaser is unique and fresh; watch it below. Read More »

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Dope

With the Sundance Film Festival slated to kick off tomorrow, we have a fun first look at one of this year’s under-the-radar treats. Dope stars Shameik Moore as a teenage geek named Malcolm growing up in a rough neighborhood in Inglewood, California. He winds up in a sticky situation after attending a party where a drug deal goes sour.

Also starring are Zoë KravitzTony Revolori (The Grand Budapest Hotel), Blake Anderson (WorkaholicsKeith Stanfield (Short Term 12), and rapper A$AP Rocky. Pharrell contributed to the soundtrack. Watch the Dope trailer after the jump.  Read More »