This movie is Dope
Helmed by a production board boasting industry giants Forest Whitaker, Pharrell and Sean “P.Diddy” Combs, and showcasing such diverse talent as “The Grand Budapest Hotel” breakout star Tony Revolori; Zoë Kravitz, last seen as Toast in “Mad Max: Fury Road”; rapper A$AP Rocky; and model Chanel Iman, indie film “Dope” is shooting into the Janet Leigh Theatre on Sept. 3-5.
In “Dope,” high school senior Malcolm (newcomer Shameik Moore) and his friends Jib (Revolori) and Diggy (Kiersey Clemmons) are all geeks in a rough neighborhood of Los Angeles. Malcolm’s dream is to attend Harvard, but his counselor quickly shoots him down despite Malcolm’s excellent grades.
After an underground birthday party rife with drug dealers and cool girls, Malcolm and his friends find themselves in deep trouble after discovering dealer Dom (A$AP Rocky) slipped bags of Molly and a gun into Malcolm’s backpack before getting arrested.
With dangerous drug dealers now coming after Malcolm, suspicious alliances, bitcoin dope deals and an impending college admissions interview, what’s a geek to do?
“Dope” comes with high acclaim, having won the Editing Award when it premiered at the 2015 Sundance Festival. But if that’s not enough to convince you to see it, writer-director Rick Famuyiwa’s fourth film earned a 7.5/10 on movie review Web site IMDb and an astonishing 88 percent critic approval rate on review aggregate site Rotten Tomatoes.
The Guardian gave it a rave five out of five stars, praising its classic teen comedy-drama vibe and a notable cast comprised mainly of people of color.
See for yourself how dope this movie really is on Thursday, Friday or Saturday at 8 p.m. in the Janet Leigh Theatre.
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