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We the Party -- In Los Angeles, five high-school friends  deal with romance, money, prom, college, sex, bullies, Facebook, fitting in, standing out, and finding themselves.
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Cast

  (in credits order)

Mandela Van Peebles ... Hendrix

Simone Battle ... Cheyenne

Moises Arias ... Quicktime

Patrick Cage II ... Chowder
Makaylo Van Peebles ... Obama
Ryan Vigil ... Que
Y.G. ... C.C.

Mario Van Peebles ... Sutton

Salli Richardson-Whitfield ... Principal Reynolds

Michael Jai White ... Officer Davis

Tommy 'Tiny' Lister ... No Shame
China Walker ... Shauniqua
Maya Van Peebles ... Michelle

B.K. Cannon ... Jackie

Quincy Brown ... Reggie

Harrison Knight ... Calvin

Carlito Olivero ... Paco

Soledad St. Hilaire ... Mrs. Chavez
Morgana Van Peebles ... Megan
Dominic Thomas ... H-One
Benjamin 'Ben J.' Earl ... Stunner
Sherri L. Walker ... Artie (as Sherri Walker)
Brian Mganga ... Barack

Elizabeth Small ... Sharon

Chloé Domange ... Monique

Darris Love ... D-Money (as Darius Love)

Orlando Brown ... Hype DJ
Corde Broadus ... Chowder's DJ
Adam Paul ... Finklestein

Maurice G. Smith ... Johnson
Katarina Garcia ... Kailey

Christopher Michael ... Security Guard 1
Gerald Walker ... Security Guard 2
Maxie Santillan Jr. ... Mystic
Darlynn L. Moore ... Homeless Woman
Marley Van Peebles ... Mrs. Chavez Grandson 1
Jaimeson Johnson ... Mrs. Chavez Grandson 2
Michael Reddick ... Basketball Player 1
Antonio James Cinotto ... Basketball Player 2

Gregg Wayans ... Basketball Player 3
Neil Rodney ... Muslim Brother
Tori Irons ... Guitar Twin
Troi Irons ... Guitar Twin

Leah M. Clark ... Blonde Girl DJ (as Leah Marie Clark)
Mike Garcia ... Edward
Donna Morgan ... Female Executive
Mowii ... Rej3ctz (as MoWii)
Jovan Clayton ... Rej3ctz (as Pee W33)
Warren Baker Jr. ... Rej3ctz (as Bounc3)
Jeremy Hawkins ... DJ

Snoop Dogg ... Big D

Melvin Van Peebles ... Big D
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Donne Lawson ... Party Goer
Rodney Neil ... Muslim Brother

Nina Nelson ... Beautiful Vegan Girl

Randa Nelson ... Beautiful Vegan Girl
Resse ... Pink Dollaz (Ghetto Crew)
The Rej3ctz ... Themselves

Directed by
Mario Van Peebles 
 
Produced by
Michael Cohen .... executive producer
Michael Cohen .... producer
Dwjuan F. Fox .... producer
Joel C. High .... co-producer
Michael Mavrolas .... co-producer
Jonathan McHugh .... associate producer
Joy Saez .... line producer
Rene Max Silva .... associate producer
Mario Van Peebles .... executive producer
Tal Vigderson .... producer
 
Original Music by
Tree Adams 
 
Cinematography by
Anthony J. Rickert-Epstein 
 
Film Editing by
George Artope 
 
Casting by
Pamela Frazier 
Anissa Williams 
 
Production Design by
Sofia Jimenez 
 
Costume Design by
Moon McLean  (as Moonglow)
 
Makeup Department
Tami Buck .... key makeup artist
Yvette Castillo .... assistant makeup artist
Noelle Dominguez .... assistant makeup artist
Christina Fineo .... assistant makeup artist
Lauren Mitchell .... assistant makeup artist
Suzi Thompson .... makeup department head
 
Production Management
Cory Johnson .... unit production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Shanice R. Anderson .... second assistant director
Edward Beckford .... additional first assistant director (as Edward M. Beckford Jr.)
Cory Johnson .... first assistant director
 
Art Department
Bianca Noel Baratie .... set dresser
 
Sound Department
Bridget Farrington .... foley artist
Walter New .... sound re-recording mixer
Walter New .... supervising sound editor
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Patrick Blanchet .... first assistant camera
Chris Burns .... best boy electric
Chris Burns .... director of photography: second unit
Joshua Bushek .... grip
Brian Patrick Carroll .... first assistant camera
Louis Chernovsky .... first assistant camera
Mark Farney .... electrician
Ryan K. Gibson .... epk videographer
Ryan K. Gibson .... still photographer
Daniel Gradilla .... digital imaging technician
Dean Gunderson .... b camera operator
Dean Gunderson .... camera operator
David Leb .... additional first assistant camera
Mark Legaspi .... first assistant camera
Zach Rasmussen .... key grip
Larry Richardson .... electrician
Bill Roberts .... jib camera operator
Igor Tochilnikov .... lighting technician
Joe Yancey .... grip
 
Casting Department
Sparkle Hickey .... casting associate
Kerry Lee .... extras casting
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Chalia Carpenter .... assistant costume designer
Shannin Markham Carr .... wardrobe supervisor
Mirza Davalos .... costume supervisor
Mirza Davalos .... wardrobe assistant
 
Editorial Department
Zachary Cole .... assistant conform editor
Jonathan Liebert .... digital cinema mastering
Narbeh Tatoussian .... digital intermediate colorist
 
Music Department
Nick Baxter .... music mixer
Serge Courtois .... music mixing assistant
Erin Dillon .... music supervisor
Joel C. High .... music supervisor
Rebecca Rienks .... music consultant
Jake Staley .... orchestrator
 
Other crew
Evelyn Belasco .... script supervisor
Brenda Blair .... production coordinator
Jacqui Culler .... key set production assistant
Liz Edwards .... assistant to producer
Evan Gonzalez .... production assistant
Dave Howard .... production assistant
Robert Keo .... assistant background coordinator
Benjamin Todd Nelson .... production assistant
Larry Richardson .... production assistant
Mitch Yapko .... production coordinator
 
Thanks
Jennifer Horton .... special thanks
 

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Rated R for sexual content, language and brief drug use - all involving teens
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13 out of 22 people found the following review useful.
Van Peebles' Heart is in the Right Place..., 16 April 2012
Author: Midan Allen-Brown from Detroit, MI

There is something hidden underneath the surface of "We The Party" that I cannot decipher.

Take five teens and put them into a box of conformity and wanting. You're not the coolest, nor the most popular, but you want to be the first to win at everything. It's human nature. "We The Party" suffers a bit when challenging the audience to feel like they know these characters, when honestly, it doesn't come across as so with a story we've seen and heard plenty of times before.

The character development, for what it's worth, wasn't that bad for the primary cast. I felt as though Mandela Van Peebles (son of Mario Van Peebles, the film's writer-director) was a risky choice for the lead role, but he pulled it off. Mario's other son, Makaylo, who plays Obama, also has a bit of screen time as well, with slight emotional depth to his character. The character Chowder is relatable to most people, and surprisingly, Patrick Cage II conquered the role stupendously.

I felt like the other characters could have been worked on more in terms of making it about an outsider clique instead of just about Hendrix himself. It's not until the final forty minutes when I see the future potential in Mandela, who delivers a strikingly good performance alongside rapper Y.G., who manages to steal every scene he's in. In terms of casting, it was good, to say the least.

Here is my take on "We The Party". It had a good story going. It is an R-rated film hosting a young, predominant, African-American cast. A bit of "Romeo and Juliet", with fractions of "The Breakfast Club" and whatever other teen film which involves heavy, seductive partying and betrayal. I think "Party"'s downfall is that it didn't have a specific moral or subject to cling onto. Yes, we want success. Earning it is harder. But when clouded with a clichéd storyline about not fitting in, trying to get the girl, and going from zero to hero, it becomes stale. The uniqueness of "We The Party" is the authenticity of the actors. There wasn't a time when someone or something felt forced -- but when the story is the same, almost, it becomes unoriginal.

"We The Party" is definitely on my favorite list of films. I think with the proper marketing and tweaking of the story, this film could've been financially and critically successful. Mr. Van Peebles heart is in the right place, but when you start on something real, you have to be willing to lay all the cards down. The R-rating didn't sugarcoat the language, but in the real world, there's more to divulge into in the adolescent world filled with drugs, sex and violence.

I recommend this movie to anyone who enjoys a good independent film with a few laughs and character's struggle with identity. However, if you're looking for the next "Thirteen" or "Project X", this is not the film for you.

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