Dope

 (2,898)7.21 h 43 min2015X-RayR
A geek into 90's rap finds himself in an adventure involving shady drug dealers, offbeat weirdos and a backpack that can make or break his chance of getting into Harvard.
Directors
Rick Famuyiwa
Starring
Shameik MooreTony RevoloriKiersey Clemons
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SuspenseComedyDramaAdventure
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English [CC]
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English
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Supporting actors
Kimberly EliseChanel ImanKeith StanfieldBlake AndersonZoe KravitzA$AP Rocky
Producers
Forest WhitakerNina Yang Bongiovi
Studio
Open Road Films
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R (Restricted)
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4.7 out of 5 stars

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Rashid DardenReviewed in the United States on April 10, 2020
4.0 out of 5 stars
Not perfect, but really good
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I just finished watching Dope, and I really enjoyed it! I'm normally not into "LA" films--nothing against the city at all, it's just that the vibe is so different from the east coast that such films almost come across as foreign to me. Dope wisely focuses on the characters and not the "city as character" trope that so many films fall into.

The story was poorly sold in the marketing/advertising, and it took me a while to finally watch it after I purchased it. Now that I've seen it, I definitely wish I had seen it sooner. It has the feeling of a traditional "heist" film but with teenage protagonists of color. Yet, it still very much felt like a heist sort of film, which at times gets dull.

It also gets Spike Lee-ish toward the end--surreal, absurd, and almost dream-like. Artistically, I guess it made sense, but I think the film would have been stronger had it stuck with the realistic tone it had struck in the beginning.

There are many small roles and cameos by actors we all know and love through the generations: the supremely talented Roger Guenveur Smith, a "before-he-was-famous" LaKeith Stanfield; and the surprisingly good ASAP Rocky. But others like Rick Fox and Kimberly Elise are under-utilized. It's great to see them working, but a shame in such small roles.

The three leads are great, however, and I never got tired of them on the screen.

I'd be remiss if I didn't speak up about the tired "Harvard as ultimate goal" Hollywood trope. It's a trope that filmmakers come by honestly, but it's just so overdone. I would have loved to have seen the main character's dream school be Dartmouth, Chicago, or Georgetown.

Ultimately, it's a solid film that I enjoyed and would recommend.
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joel wingReviewed in the United States on August 16, 2019
4.0 out of 5 stars
It's a comedy about identity and stereotypes for young African Americans in the inner city
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Dope features three friends Malcolm (Shameik Moore), Diggy (Kiersey Clemons) and Jib (Tony Revolori) leading a carefree life. They go to school in Inglewood and are enjoying their senior year. All three are nerds, listening to old school Hip Hop, playing in a punk band, getting picked on by the hood kids, and for Malcolm, hoping to go to college. Everything seems like it’s just another day when everything gets completely out of control. The movie focuses upon identity and stereotypes for young African Americans.

The film focuses upon Malcolm. Exactly what kind of kid is he? Is he the nerd that he looks like with his hi-top fade? Is he the aspiring college student with a unique take on things with his essay on Ice Cube? Is he a sophisticated drug dealer? Or is Malcolm his own man, being able to create his own future and identity? The message is about how looks and stereotypes can be deceiving.

The film was produced by Forest Whitaker and Nina Yang Bonglovi and directed by Rick Famuyiwa who's done movies such as The Wood, Brown Sugar, and Talk To Me.

Dope mixes some great old school Hip Hop, some young and engaging actors with a lot of comedy and some serious themes in the background. Highly recommended.

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Christina ReynoldsReviewed in the United States on October 26, 2020
4.0 out of 5 stars
The Coming-Of-Age Film We All Need Right Now
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Dope is a 2015 American comedy-drama coming-of-age film written and directed by Rick Famuyiwa and produced by Forest Whitaker and Nina Yang Bongiovi. It stars Shameik Moore, Tony Revolori, Kiersey Clemons, Kimberly Elise, Chanel Iman, Lakeith Stanfield, Blake Anderson, Zoë Kravitz, and ASAP Rocky. The film was also executive produced by Pharrell Williams and co-executive produced by Sean Combs

For starters, let's talk about this film’s soundtrack. Quite a while ago I made an observation of my own regarding the inclusion of Music related to the urban lifestyle (more specifically, music that has been released and is often associated with a person of color); to summarize, I noticed that in many movies there may be scenes here and there that use this kind a music to infer a tone of delinquency. If you ask me, this is unbelievably lazy and not to mention is subliminally racist. ‘Dope’ goes above and beyond challenging the use of this medium in a haphazard manner, and subsequently turns these opportunities on to its head. My only hope can be that this is taken to heart by individuals that are passionate about filmmaking and that this inspires some amount of significant change in this one element of plot development In the grand scheme of things.

The nature of this story works to avoid making any of the characters portrayed as one-dimensional ; moreover, this film refuses to imply that people or either “good” or “bad”, and that instead the truth of this matter is much more complicated than people would like to accept. There is no implication that the characters shown have a cookie-cutter personality and an otherwise mundane or predictable life story. It would have been easy to forgo this route and instead willingly paint these individuals as self-serving and simple, and the absence of this is critically essential when deciding how to narrate what could be a reality for people observing this for the first time as a result of their own privileged existence.

On the topic of privilege, the use of one of the only white characters present as a means of discussing social commentary when it comes to racial relations was absolutely ingenious. There is an exploration of the assumptions people make about the way in which they handle interracial interactions and this is done in a way that is seamless and respectful to the overarching plot. I imagine there are many people who will write this off as proof that “racism goes both ways”, and if that applies to the person reading my review then all I can say is this: I feel an immense sorrow for you. While this isn't a weakness, it is just worth saying that the understanding this white character has of information he is receiving from other characters Is never touched or elaborated on, but the choice to exclude this has real-world applications on its own. Many props to the director and the screenwriter for obviously taking this in to consideration.

Lastly, this is a meticulous combination of events some people will use to justify the thoughts they have about a person of color and elements that will surprise your average backwoods racist; I hope - and when I say hope, I truly mean it - that there are many people who will watch this and accept the chance they have to broaden their senses and think more deeply about the perception some might have about the world around them. It’s just much too important - and perhaps even more so given recent current events.

Intricately designed and wholesomely enjoyable: I would recommend!
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Robert HayesReviewed in the United States on January 31, 2016
4.0 out of 5 stars
An entertaining blend of comedy, drama and nostalgia
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I wouldn't exactly call myself a fan of hip hop (although there are many songs I do like), but I'll be darned if DOPE didn't bring out some nostalgia in me. The plot is a bit loose, largely stemming from a coincidental moment in which some drugs are deposited in lead character Malcolm's backpack, but it did work in some good commentary on how a person's background, race, etc. affects people's perception of them and their social expectations. Malcolm is perhaps one of the best-written African-American characters I've ever seen. One who, despite the awkward situations he finds himself in, doesn't succumb to the usual stereotypes that many others like him often find themselves shoehorned into. The most important takeaway from this film is that we shouldn't let other people's expectations of us be a predictor for our future. We should strive for individuality and be true to ourselves, which is a great message no matter who you are. The only quibbles I have with the film are the rambling in the plot's middle portion, which sidelines a lot of the social commentary in exchange for some (admittedly) funny hijinks, and a somewhat protracted ending. Other than that, DOPE was really entertaining, had some great music (including some original songs by Pharrell), and showed that there can be great roles for people of color in Hollywood.
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Sony_XLReviewed in the United States on October 28, 2015
4.0 out of 5 stars
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he trailer was a great visual feast but it doesn't show the scale of the movie and how excellent it is. 3 kids from Inglewood, CA, a town we're usually not asked to care about, have to wise up about drug dealing. I actively tried to find a bad performance, and I couldn't find a single one. Unlike many other "black" films, this one has comedic elements and tries to get you to laugh using memes and potty humor. Typically, this would carry a negative connotation, but in the case of this movie it is excellently executed and the pace is so quick that you don't even care how juvenile it is. I encourage everyone to watch this movie when it releases in June, specifically on the 19th. I'm sure it won't have the story it did at Sundance, however. Open Road may change a few elements of the story, which would be a shame. I'm giving this one a 9/10, just in case the movie isn't as good as it once was at Sundance, so bear that in mind.
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Iamhaley Reviewed in the United States on June 4, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
Everyone should watch
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This is one of those movies that everyone should watch. From the creativity, meaning, and message, it's a movie that goes straight to the heart. With a mixture of comedy and a slight thriller, I loved this movie and would watch it again.
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ZenReviewed in the United States on November 16, 2015
4.0 out of 5 stars
Good but not what I was expecting
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Not what I was expecting, but it was good. The movie centers around a boy that idolizes the 90's urban life. However he does not have the experiences to completely understand what it was to be in that life back in that era. Instead, he is the outcast and runs in the educated circles of his community. Instead of running drugs, being part of a gang, or being heavily involved in sports, he would rather put his nose to the grid stone and attempt to be accepted into a prestigious college. On his way home one evening after school he bumps into a thug drug runner that talks to him about he favorite topic - 90's rap. This starts him down the path that will inevitably change his life for the better and the worse. He will start living the life of the music and lifestyle that he idolized and get an understanding for what it is like on the other side. I won't give away much more than that as the story is pretty straight forward. You will not really be surprised at much of the story itself, but you will with the acting. I was very happy with how everyone was portrayed. That is of course except for one actor, and you will know it the moment you see him. I am not sure why he thought it would be necessary to include his, I want to be Christian Bale Batman voice. It wasn't fitting, and made really no sense. It was like he wanted to be every 80's bad guy you've ever seen. Maybe that was the point. Maybe that was how the protagonist was view him, from his perspective. I don't know, it just seemed out of place. Anyway, all and all, it was an entertaining film.
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WillGReviewed in the United States on November 3, 2015
4.0 out of 5 stars
Solid performances, interesting characters and a smart and often humorous script
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A quirky and fresh take on urban high school life as the nerds in the hood take a most unusual path to college. Solid performances flesh-out interesting characters and get to work with a refreshingly smart and often humorous script. Sure to appeal to many teens, but it is appropriately labelled R for just about every reason - drugs, sex, nudity, violence, and language, so parents may want to give it a look first although there is nothing in the film that I'm guessing most teens haven't already seen on the internet. Definitely recommended to any adults looking for a movie that's different and fun.
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