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House Party (1990)

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Kid decides to go to his friend Play's house party, but neither of them can predict what's in store for them on what could be the wildest night of their lives.

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Reginald Hudlin

Writer:

Reginald Hudlin
2 wins & 10 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Christopher Reid ... Christopher 'Kid' Harris
Robin Harris ... Pop
Christopher Martin ... Peter 'Play' Martin
Martin Lawrence ... Bilal
Tisha Campbell-Martin ... Sidney (as Tisha Campbell)
A.J. Johnson ... Sharane
Paul Anthony ... Stab
Bowlegged Lou Bowlegged Lou ... Pee-Wee
B-Fine B-Fine ... Zilla
Edith Fields ... Principal
Kelly Jo Minter ... LaDonna
Clifton Powell ... Sharane's Brother
Verda Bridges Verda Bridges ... Sharane's Sister
Desi Arnez Hines II Desi Arnez Hines II ... Peanut
Lou B. Washington Lou B. Washington ... Uncle Otis (as Lou D. Washington)
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Storyline

Young Kid has been invited to a party at his friend Play's house. But after a fight at school, Kid's father grounds him. None the less, Kid sneaks out when his father falls asleep. But Kid doesn't know that three of the thugs at school have decided to give him a lesson in behaviour... Written by Mattias Thuresson

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If they get caught it's all over. If they don't, it's just the beginning!

Genres:

Comedy | Music | Romance

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 March 1990 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Festa do Rap See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,500,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$26,386,000
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The quote, "If it's going to be this kind of party I am going to stick my dick in the mashed potatoes!" is not original to this film, nor the Beastie Boys song "B-Boys makin' with the Freak Freak" - but from the punchline on a 1972 comedy album by Mantan Moreland titled "That Ain't My Finger!". See more »

Goofs

when you see the two thieves being chased by the dog after being chased by the cop running towards the bus look to your left, there's a shadow of a man holding a camera following them to the bus through the whole scene. See more »

Quotes

Sidney: Do you think my clothes match?
Sharane: Of coarse you match.
Sidney: That's the problem. I think I match too much.
Sharane: I told you not to buy those Garanimal clothes girl. Shopping at K-Mart...
[laughs]
Sidney: [smiling] You're dissin' me. Why are you dissin' me?
Sharane: Girl, you know I'm gonna be asking you to borrow that outfit tomorrow.
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Crazy Credits

When the production manager (listed elsewhere under his own name) disappeared during the making of the film, costing the production several thousand dollars, he was credited under the name "Ozus Munny" as retribution for his irresponsibility. See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Benchwarmers (2006) See more »

Soundtracks

House Party
Performed by The Full Force Family (Full Force, Lisa Lisa (as Lisa Lisa and Cult Jam), UTFO (as U.T.F.O.), Cheryl Pepsii Riley (as Cheryl "Pepsii" Riley),
Doctor Ice, Ex-Girlfriend and Ecrof)
Written by Full Force
Published by Forceful Music Inc. / Willesden Music Inc. / New Line Music Corp. (BMI)
Courtesy of Full Force Productions and Columbia Records
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The ultimate house party
28 January 2007 | by Jon MarinSee all my reviews

Fresh off the success of their 1988 debut album 2 Hype, Kid N Play was seen as marketable to mainstream America while hip hop was also burgeoning into mainstream. The former back up dancers turned hip hop superstars was casted as leads for two then unknown directors going by the name The Hudlin Bros. The rest is history. 1990's hip hop teen comedy House Party was an indie success and left footprints forever in the evolution of hip hop. Kid is still trying to get over the death of his mom and lives with his widower father (Robin Harris). He gets into a scuffle at school with bullies (Full Force) and when his father finds out, he is grounded. Being that he was grounded, it was preventing him from going to the "party of the year" being held by his friend Play. He decides to sneak out and go to the party. These events will lead to one crazy night. House Party is hilarious. Like one of the greatest comedies you'll ever see hilarious. Not only is it hilarious, but it captures the essence of early 90s hip hop culture. Positive lyrics, the flat top, jheri curls, the door knocker earrings, loud colors, Air Jordans, and who could ever forget the Kid N Play toe tap dance? House Party is the ultimate hip hop film that offer laughs even almost 20 years into its existence. House Party would go on to create a career for a unknown comedian named Martin Lawrence, spawn 2 sequels, a Kid N Play cartoon and its one liners are forever remembered by hip hop enthusiasts worldwide. House Party is definitely one of the greatest comedies I've seen and one of my favorite films of all time.

House Party - ***1/2 out of ****


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