House Party

7.41 h 44 min1990R
When party time comes, it's time to tear the house down! If they getcaught, it's all over. Kid n' Play star in the uproarious comedy thatlaunched the House Party craze.
Reginald Hudlin
Christopher ReidChristopher "Play" MartinFull Force
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Robin HarrisTisha Campbell-MartinA.J. JohnsonMartin LawrenceGeorge ClintonPaul Anthony
Warrington Hudlin
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jon lipshterReviewed in the United States on February 13, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
The movie was great!
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I gave the movie 5-stars cuz I didn't want my hatred of the Amazon movie rental service to besmirch the talent and charm demonstrated throughout this movie.

I rented the digital movie thru the amazon portal and started watching. $4 for House Party? A little high, but all good. But...if you don't finish it (or happen to close out the app when your PS4 goes to sleep) within a couple days you lose it and have to start over. So I came back a couple days later and found that because my PS4 closed the app I lost the movie and would have to buy it again to watch it.


So yeah, if you wanna watch House Party...go to some antiquated store or rental place and buy/rent the thing for cheaper than it cost to watch on amazon...even if i'd finished it.
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SHAWN JAMESReviewed in the United States on December 23, 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars
A modern classic. They don't make them this good anymore!
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I watched House Party for the first time when I was 16. I love this movie so much because the story perfectly what life was like for teens my age back then. I remember wearing the flat-top fade haircuts (still wear mine to this day), the dope clothes, writing the dope fresh rhymes, working hard in school, all in between fending off the knuckleheads, and talking to the girls. Besides being the movie of my generation, it truly is a classic African-American movie.

Made for the low low price of $3million by the Hudlin Brothers the film became a huge hit and a cult classic. The story follows Kid as he tries to go to Play's house party. The only problem: his Dad has grounded him for having a fight earlier that day. Sneaking out that night to go to the party he runs afoul of those Full Force knuckleheads (sporting jerricurl mullets) and racist cops. At the party he dances the night away macking both Sydney and Sherraine, then battles his boy play on the mic beating him handily cause Kid spelled backwards describes Play best. After walking Sydney home he comes this close to getting some. Unfortunately when her parents come home he's forced to leave. Outside he runs afoul of those Full Force knuckleheads. That leads to a stint in jail and some really inspired rapping from kid. His friends bail him out and after some burger king, Kid sneaks back in his house where he pays the painfully funny price for his night of fun.

The film chock full of laughs with perfect comic timing in every frame. Rappers Kid N' Play give great performances as do the members of Full force. However, the films supporting cast is what makes this movie a classic. The Late Robin Harris is perfect as Kid's cantankerous dad (Watch this move and you'll realize Bernie Mac stole his act) and Martin Lawrence steals scenes here. Tisha Campbell is great as the love intrest. Other noteworthy performances are from Darryl "Chill" Mitchell, the girl who plays Sydney's everyone blends into the background seamlessly and becomes a character. The Hudlin Brothers do a great job here; with their imagination they overcome the limitations of small budget by making a film that is as fresh today as it was way back in 1990.

This is a Shawn James essential video. If you like African-American movies this movie belongs in your collection. For a great Saturday movie night, Pop some popcorn Fix yourself some Dick Gregory or some Red Kool-Aid and pop this DVD in your player.
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Aryael de KapriiReviewed in the United States on May 31, 2011
5.0 out of 5 stars
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This movie is a classic. The first and only good "House Party" film. There are 3sequals that are just stupid, but this one is hilarious. The music is good, the jokes are funny and the story line is great. Christopher "Kid" is a highschool student who gets into a fight during lunch that gets him grounded by his "pops", but he was planning on going to Party at his pal "Play"'s house so that he could redeme himself from an embarassing rap session during the school talent show. He sneaks out of the house and the minute he closed the front door his dad wakes up and discovers that Kid is gone. Kid is now trying to make his way to the party in one piece as the guys he got into a fight with earlier that day are trying to kill him in the street. When he finally makes it to the party, he has a great time dancing with the girl of his dreams, falls inlove with another girl, redems himself as a rapper and has to make his way home where once again he runs into the bullies but this time he ends up in jail where he is about to become entertainment for the sexually frustrated inmates. Kid calls upon his talent for rhyming to get out of that situation. Finally he makes it home and just when he thinks he had a successful day without injury "Pops" appears at his bedroom door with a belt. This movie will never go out of style, the lines are just too perfect and the comedy is just too good.
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Donna M. GloverReviewed in the United States on March 13, 2006
4.0 out of 5 stars
This film stands the test of time!
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I am not ashamed to admit that I was 26 years old when this movie first came out...and I loved it! I still love this movie...especially knowing that many of the actors were my age when they were filming!

My sons, now in high school also love this movie. The music and the moves, but they do have fun making jokes about the clothes. It was a movie that really tapped into young African-American's and their high school, hip hop world. The Hudlin's were indeed influrenced by Cooley High, but so what! That was a great influence. I also love the messages that are placed in the movie without beating you over the head. Safe sex, no drinking, being there for your friends...even if it means leaving them on their porch while you take their dj equipment.

Frankly I can't imagine Will Smith and Jazzy Jeff in this movie. By using Kid n Play, everybody in the movie WERE friends! This made it believable.

My son's favorite show of "good friends" are the "fellas" taking Groove home because he he was drunk, propped him against the front door, ring the doorbell, cut and RUN!!!!

So, find those leather medalions, bicycle shorts and work on your high top fade, this is a must see movie.
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S. C. WinfieldReviewed in the United States on September 6, 2007
5.0 out of 5 stars
Great Hip Hop classic
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When you check many hip hop heads' movie collection, you might NOT see this movie. The reason why is because they usually have the movie memorized word for word and don't need it to enjoy the classic memories.

House Party is the first of 4 of 5 sequels. The reason why, is because this movie was so much fun to watch. Most people from that time (1990, New Jack Swing era) share the same experiences: the dancing, the quarrels with bullies, the sneaking out of the house, and lastly, the whoopings.

The toughest part of this movie, for new viewers, is the extreme campiness of the film. Fun fact: Fresh Prince and Jazzy Jeff were supposed to play Kid'n'Play, so that explains a lot. Also, the movie has horrible acting, and cheesy dialog.

However, the soundtrack is great and the scenes can be funny.

Overall, the cult classic is a must have for all movie collectors.
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K. FerrellReviewed in the United States on March 30, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
One of my Favorites
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I found much to recommend in this film. The portrayal of blacks from a variety of social strata, a single-father household, and a mature approach to teen sexual relations. I’m still trying to find a reasonably-priced DVD to add to my collection.
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DaltonReviewed in the United States on February 26, 2015
5.0 out of 5 stars
After you watch, you'll wanna high top fade!
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Before Superbad or Project X, there was House Party. Just a couple of guys wanting to have an epic party, Kid 'n Play dodge parents, cops, thugs and trouble in order to throw the jam of the year! After around 25 years, this movie still holds up. Just as funny as ever and the soundtrack still gets you off your feet. Martin Lawrence steals the show and Robin Harris still owns the screen, but Kid 'n Play and all the cast do a great job with this hilarious script!
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monisaReviewed in the United States on December 29, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
Blast from the past
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I loved this movie this is a movie from my past . So funny and it brought me back to my childhood. It was so awesome to share a movie I grew up on with my daughters
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