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It's a movie that's catered to the young, hip crowd. And it's definitely a dark comedy, with dark comedy prevalent in today's society.
While biking home, Malcolm is stopped by Dom, a drug dealer who instructs him to invite a girl named Nakia to his party. Malcolm charms Nakia, who tells him she will only accept if Malcolm goes as well. Jib and Diggy accompany Malcolm to the party, where Dom’s purchase of high-grade, powdered molly is interrupted by an armed gang, and several people are shot. Malcolm escapes as the police arrive, unaware that Dom has hidden the drugs and a gun in his backpack. Nakia drives Malcolm home, and he offers to help her with her GED.
The daily neighborhood adventures of Malcolm, Jib and Diggy would have been enough, but “Dope” introduces a drugs and violence plot that seems lifted from any number of the 90’s ‘hood movies Malcolm probably knows by heart. There’s a dollop of Hype Williams’ “Belly,” the Hudlins’ “House Party” and “Boyz N The Hood” among others. “Dope” alternates between satirizing these films, fetishizing them, paying homage to them, and ripping them off. For a film marketed as comedy, it also treads uneasily into violence. People are gorily shot, and there’s one jaw-dropping, unfunny shot of a blood-spattered GameBoy that’s played for laughs. The film feels off-kilter more often than not, though it isn’t without its inspired, successful moments. (Source: www.rogerebert.com)
DOPE chronicles the life of high-school senior Malcolm (Shameik Moore), a self-professed '90s hip-hop geek from Inglewood, California's, worst neighborhood, "The Bottoms." He gets good grades, hopes to go to Harvard, and hangs out with two like-minded friends -- Jib (Tony Revolori) and Diggy (Kiersey Clemons). Because of Malcolm's crush on a local older beauty (Zoe Kravitz), the trio attends local drug dealer Dom's (A$ap Rocky) birthday party, where a shoot-out prompts the young dealer to leave a considerable amount of MDMA (aka "Molly") in a clueless Malcolm's backpack. Malcolm has no idea about the drugs until the next day at school. Then Dom calls Malcolm with specific instructions about what to do with the package, but things go seriously awry. Dom quickly realizes others are after the drugs, which he must somehow get rid of or sell without getting caught, implicated, or even killed -- all while preparing for the SATs and a Harvard alumni interview.
Propelled by an expertly selected soundtrack reflective of Malcolm’s interests, “Dope” zigs and zags and occasionally spins its wheels. Malcolm is smitten with Nakia (Zoë Kravitz), which makes him Dom’s rival. She is charmed by Malcolm’s virginal, brainy charisma — Mr. Moore, a master of sly deadpan, is almost too good-looking for the role — and so is Lily (Chanel Iman), the wayward daughter of a drug kingpin. The movie isn’t heavily invested in its female characters, sticking to a basic template: There are a good bad girl, a bad bad girl, a buddy and a mom. (Source: www.nytimes.com)