Sundance award-winning film (2014), “DOPE” makes it to movie screens this week with a nod to the street life from the perspective of a socially inept high schooler.
“It’s hard out here for a geek” is the aptly put tagline which sums up the film’s approach to showing a slice of hood life. Three kids with an affinity for Hip-Hop culture’s glory days find themselves telling a story about coming of age while making a larger statement about Hip-Hop music’s journey through urban culture. If you’ve ever been different, ackward, ahead-of-your-time, or from another planet, you’ll relate to this film.
A critical hit and audience favorite out of the Sundance Film Festival and Cannes 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…
Go see it if you’re a 90’s Hip-Hop head like me and you get hyped seeing fashions from your high school/middle school days. I mean seriously – triple-pleated Z. Cavaricci jeans and Cross Colours freshness. Go see it if you’re a fan of Forrest Whitaker (Producer), Rick Famuyiwa (Director) or Pharrell Williams (Executive Producer). Go see it if you’ve seen Boyz N’ the Hood, Menace II Society, Baby Boy and you want to take a romp through the L.A. hood for real world danger laced with light humor. Go see it if you like movies that tell a story that reflects the evolution (or devolution) of Hip-Hop like Brown Sugar (also directed by Famuyiwa) and CB-4.