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Life changes for Malcolm, a geek who's surviving life in a tough neighborhood, after a chance invitation to an underground party leads him and his friends into a Los Angeles adventure.

Director:

Rick Famuyiwa

Writer:

Rick Famuyiwa
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
ASAP Rocky ... Dom (as A$ap Rocky)
Blake Anderson ... Will Sherwood
Bruce Beatty ... Mr. Bailey
De'aundre Bonds ... Stacey
Julian Brand Julian Brand ... Mario
Quincy Brown ... Jaleel
Kiersey Clemons ... Diggy
Kimberly Elise ... Lisa Hayes
Rick Fox ... Councilman Blackmon
Christopher Glenn Christopher Glenn ... Crip 1
Ricky Harris ... Tannehill James
Chanel Iman ... Lily
Wyking Jones Wyking Jones ... SAT Proctor
Amin Joseph ... The Voice
Kap G Kap G ... Fidel X
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Storyline

A coming of age comedy/drama for the post hip hop generation. Malcolm is a geek, carefully surviving life in The Bottoms, a tough neighborhood in Inglewood, CA filled with gangsters and drug dealers, while juggling his senior year of college applications, interviews and the SAT. His dream is to attend Harvard. A chance invitation to a big underground party leads Malcolm and his friends into an "only in Los Angeles" gritty adventure filled with offbeat characters and bad choices. If Malcolm can persevere, he'll go from being a geek, to being dope, to ultimately being himself.

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It's hard out here for a geek.

Genres:

Comedy | Crime | Drama

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Rated R for language, drug content, sexuality/nudity, and some violence-all involving teens | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

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English | Spanish

Release Date:

19 June 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Droga See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$7,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,100,010, 21 June 2015, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$17,474,107, 13 September 2015
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Color

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2.35 : 1
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Premiered at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival See more »

Goofs

When the film shows us Tony Johnson, who was killed accidentally in a shooting at a fast food restaurant, he is playing a Game Boy, and the narrator tells us he was "seconds away from defeating Ganon" who is the recurring antagonist of the Legend of Zelda series. However, the only Legend of Zelda game available on the original Game Boy was Link's Awakening, which does not feature Ganon. See more »

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[first lines]
Malcolm: Soon the world is only going to buy and sell products using bitcoins.
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Connections

References Super Fly (1972) See more »

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Woo-Hah! Got You All In Check
Written by Busta Rhymes (as Trevor Smith), Arthur Terence Gault MacDermot
Performed by Busta Rhymes
Courtesy of Elektra Entertainment Group
By arrangement with Warner Music Group Film & TV Licensing
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Good Things Wrapped In A Mediocre Package
14 April 2016 | by joshvonhousenSee all my reviews

"A movie about nerds who love 90's hip-hop showing up a gangster? Yes, please!" was my initial reaction to this movie when I saw it on Netflix. So, last night, I stayed up and watched the movie. And...? Well, I think there's plenty of enjoyable things in this movie, but there's also just some dumb stuff that I can't get past that make this movie a little odd to me.

First of all, I really like Malcolm. He is an enjoyable lead, relate-able and is well developed, not to mention that the actor gives a solid performance. It's easy to care about this character.

I also really liked the set-up of the movie. It had an interesting idea and seemed to have a good way of carrying it out.

Thirdly, I also loved the comedy. There are some legitimately funny moments in this movie.

But...... Let's get into the bad.

This is a bland looking movie. The cinematography is pretty standard, the set design in lack luster, and, outside of Malcolm's clothing, nothing really draws your eye to the screen. Just blah.

The side characters. I have no connections to these side characters. Dicky I only remember because she was a lesbian. That's her only character trait. The other friend is also bland. He's so bland, I don't even remember his name. But the WORST was Malcolm's love interest. I don't remember her name, either. She just seems so self- centered, and all we know is that she dated this one guy and wants to go to Six Flags. Not enough to make me invested in her.

Lastly, the film doesn't know when to end. Seriously. It has, like, 4 different endings. I thought it was over when Malcolm revealed his plan to a man that screwed him over. The music swelled, and the line was given a lot of emphasis. But, NOPE! There's another ending where Malcolm gives a big speech, the music swells, and then there's a line with a lot of focus on it. Is it over? Nope! Chuck Testa! Then there's a boring third ending with the a fore mentioned love interest that we don't care about. There was a fourth ending, and that one is the best. It just ends with a sort of cliff hanger, and I appreciated that ending. The first ending and last ending are just fine. But, they just had too much to cram in and it became too crowded.

So, this film is pretty funny and mostly enjoyable, but I don't think I'm going to watch it again any time soon.


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