Bill C’s Review – 4 out of 5
Dope tells the story of Malcolm and his two nerdy friends (Jib and Diggy) as they navigate their senior year of high school. They live in the ‘Bottoms’ in Englewood, California. Both are good students (Malcolm is hoping to get into Harvard), are behind the times as they love the ‘golden age ‘ of hip-hop (1988-2001), and have their own hip-hop band called Awreeoh (sound it out). Generally they do not fit in and are bullied.
This is sort of a coming-of-age movie for Malcolm. He and his friends attend a party and get involved in things they usually avoid. They then spend most of the movie trying to extricate themselves from the problems they’ve gotten into. This is a pretty funny movie (although not all of the bits are successful).
This film isn’t for everyone due to the inner city setting, but I liked it. If you go, stay through the credits for Malcolm’s dance routine.