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Film review: 'Trippin'

12 May 1999 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

The big 1999 high school movie marathon continues with "Trippin'", a "Cooley High"-meets-"House Party" teen comedy that may not score high in originality but has promising moments of comic inspiration before slacking off toward the end.

Boosted by a likable performance by Deon Richmond -- a regular on the WB's "Sister Sister" -- this issue under October Films new genre division Rogue Pictures could hook up profitably with a young urban audience, though it might be getting a little late in the semester to attract the targeted demographic.

Richmond demonstrates a nice, light comedic touch as Greg "G" Reed, a daydreaming high school senior who frequently drifts off into amusing, Walter Mitty-type fantasies.

While his parents (Aloma Wright and Harold Sylvester) are getting just a little concerned that he has yet to fill out his college applications, G's got more pressing things on his wandering mind -- namely the high school prom and whether his dream date could ever be the smart, beautiful and highly unattainable Cinny Hawkins (Maia Campbell).

That's pretty much it in the plot department. Fortunately, actor-turned-director David Raynr and screenwriter Gary Hardwick manage to get something a little more substantial out of the humorous characters and the actors portraying them, which also include G's feisty, cholesterol-loving Gramps (Bill Henderson) and his righteous, encouraging teacher Mr. Shapic (Michael Warren, doing a fine tribute to "Room 222"'s Mr. Dixon).

Technical contributions are uniformly smooth, while busy composer Michel Colombier's ("How Stella Got Her Groove Back") laid-back score grooves along agreeably.


Rogue Pictures

A Rogue Pictures/Beacon Pictures presentation

Director:David Raynr

Producers:Marc Abraham, Caitlin Scanlon

Screenwriter:Gary Hardwick

Director of photography:John Aronson

Production designer:Aaron Osbourne

Editor:Earl Watson

Costume designer:Jennifer Bryan

Music:Michel Colombier

Music supervisor:Pilar McCurry



Gregory Reed:Deon Richmond

June:Donald Adeosun Faison

Fish:Guy Torry

Cinny:Maia Campbell

Mr. Shapic:Michael Warren

Louise Reed:Aloma Wright

Willie Reed:Harold Sylvester

Gramps:Bill Henderson

Running time -- 85 minutes

MPAA rating: R


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