R&A 15: Dope

1 h 45 min  |  Love&Anarchy  |  Release Date: 17.9.2015

Writer-director Rick Famuyiwa (The Wood) gives us three unique, eccentric, fresh adolescent characters who don’t feel like the usual teen-movie archetypes (...).

The ’90s are a recurring touchstone here, with our heroes Malcolm (Shameik Moore), Diggy (Kiersey Clemons, Transparent) and Jib (Tony Revolori, The Grand Budapest Hotel) obsessed over the decade and its music and its fashions, from their stack of “Yo! MTV Raps” VHS cassettes to the top of Malcolm’s Kid n Play hairdo.

Malcolm is forced to shuttle romantic messages between local drug dealer Dom (rapper A$AP Rocky) and his estranged girlfriend Nakia (Zoë Kravitz), eventually becoming smitten with her himself despite the inherent danger involved. Malcolm’s willingness to go whither Nakia goest eventually lands Malcolm and his friends possession of Dom’s satchel, which holds a large amount of an ecstasy-like drug that seemingly everyone in Inglewood wants.

(...) Famuyiwa brings such vitality to the production that it’s hard not to get absorbed (...).

-Alonso Duralde, The Wrap

Language: English / Subtitles: -


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