Malcolm is a bit of an outsider. He and his friends are obsessed with 90’s hip hop, BMX bikes, and generally not fitting in. Of course in their neighborhood “the bottoms,” fitting in is a quick way to get arrested, or worse. After a chance encounter gets the three friends invited to an underground party, they’ll have to navigate a tangled web of drug dealers, drug takers, cops, frat parties, e-commerce and guidance counselors to make things right.
Truthfully, after reading this horrible synopsis, it sounds like a Kid ‘n Play movie. That’s not far off, though it’s closer to Risky Business than House Party. There are two things separating Dope from either of those films. Better acting, and a shred of social consciousness. I still liked Risky Business, and at least 2 of the four House Parties, but there was a distinct lack of heart in those cases. Not so with Dope. There’s just enough of a “message” to elevate it above the average R-rated teen comedy.
Content wise, it’s a hard R. I wouldn’t watch it with my Grandma, that’s for sure. Recommended for people who are not watching this with my Grandma, or really anyone’s Grandma, unless said Grandma is cool with bad language, nudity and drug related humor. – [DVD] [Blu-Ray]
DVD Release Date: 10/13/15