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Dope (2015)

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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.


Rick Famuyiwa


Rick Famuyiwa
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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 ... 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


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.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


It's hard out here for a geek.


Comedy | Crime | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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English | Spanish

Release Date:

19 June 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Droga See more »


Box Office


$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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Technical Specs




Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The song playing in the background in the scene between Malcom and Lily is called "Dirty Feeling" by LOLAWOLF, Zoë Kravitz's band. Zoë Kravitz portrays Nakia in the movie. See more »


While the camera focuses on Malcolm talking to Lily in the hallway of her father's house, the cinematographer is reflected in a framed picture on the wall. See more »


[first lines]
Malcolm: Soon the world is only going to buy and sell products using bitcoins.
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References Boys Don't Cry (1999) See more »


Written by Phife Dawg (as Malik Izaak Taylor), Brian Higgins, Busta Rhymes (as Trevor Smith), Q-Tip (as Ali Shaheed Jones-Muhammad), John W. Davis, Dinco D.
Performed by A Tribe Called Quest
Courtesy of RCA Records
By arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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User Reviews

This film may not connect with you but I liked it
6 October 2015 | by sweeeetmikeySee all my reviews

DOPE review by Mike Smith

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.

This movie stuck with me for days. The story was rich, it kept me glued; it was exciting, crazy, funny, and all around a good watch. I connected with this film which is odd because I only share a small fraction of experience with this story. DOPE made me wanting more.

I really like that most of the cast is not well known; Shameik Moore is a great lead and his acting style reminds me of Don Cheadle. The fact that this was his first lead roll and he kept me glued to the screen makes me want to see what else he will do in his career. Tony Revolori is more of a comedic relief and Kiersey Clemons is more the voice of reason in the 3 person crew. DOPE has a big cast but everyone else is in and out really quickly. One person who made me laugh as soon as he hit the screen was Blake Anderson as the stoner hacker. There is so much to this movie that there could be another one made of just the co stars.

Sure this film is similar to others we have all seen in the past, the cuts and rewinds were well done and it felt different because it's been a while since I saw it in a film. I'm not a hip hop fan and not all of the music is hip hop and rap but I enjoyed it.

This film may not connect with you but I liked it. At times the film does drag a bit; most of the first act is forgettable and be prepared for more "N" words than Django unchained. Cheers and remember like won't suck as long as there is a good movie to watch.

7.5 out of 10

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