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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.

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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Taglines:

It's hard out here for a geek.

Genres:

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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Country:

USA

Language:

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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Trivia

Lakeith Stanfield, who plays Bug in the film, is depicted as a member of the Bloods gang. In the NWA biopic Straight Outta Compton (2015), Keith portrays Snoop Dogg, who is affiliated with the Crips. Both films were released in 2015 and deal with themes about early 90s hip-hop in LA. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

[first lines]
Malcolm: Soon the world is only going to buy and sell products using bitcoins.
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References The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air (1990) See more »

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The Boy
Written by Casey Veggies (as Casey Jones), Hit-Boy (as Chauncey Hollis), Raymond Martin, Rahshad Muhammad (as Rashad Muhammad), Chris E. Martin
Performed by Casey Veggies
Courtesy of Epic Records/Vested In Culture
By arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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Very disappointing
11 October 2015 | by Red_IdentitySee all my reviews

This was seriously disappointing. So much of it just completely overwhelmed me. It was so "busy" to the point that I became totally uninterested in what was going on halfway through. I think the performances are very good, but the directing here is the problem more than anything. It just comes across extremely proud of itself and kind of obnoxious, and way, way too much style for its own good. That ending is just proof of how the filmmakers seem to enjoy toying way too much with their audience, and I would usually give credit for that but it was honestly annoying. I don't think it's horrible though, thus a 5. I wonder how audiences will take to it.


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