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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.
A Rogue Pictures/Beacon Pictures presentation
Producers:Marc Abraham, Caitlin Scanlon
Director of photography:John Aronson
Production designer:Aaron Osbourne
Costume designer:Jennifer Bryan
Music supervisor:Pilar McCurry
Gregory Reed:Deon Richmond
June:Donald Adeosun Faison
Mr. Shapic:Michael Warren
Louise Reed:Aloma Wright
Willie Reed:Harold Sylvester
Running time -- 85 minutes
MPAA rating: R
1 item from 1999
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