Dope (image 1)

The film’s snappy dialogue and rapid-fire pop culture annotations would probably make Kevin Smith, Drake, and RapGenius.com blush with envy.

Rodrigo Perez, The Playlist

Screened as part of NZIFF 2015

Dope 2015

Directed by Rick Famuyiwa Fresh

Three high school geeks, obsessed with 90s hip-hop, get into risky business with molly moving gangstas in this fast, funny LA street comedy, featuring a star-making performance from the charismatic Shameik Moore.

Session dates and venues to be announced
USA In English
115 minutes CinemaScope/DCP
R16 (drug use, offensive language, sexual material, violence)

Director, Screenplay

Producers

Nina Yang Bongiovi
,
Forest Whitaker

Photography

Rachel Morrison

Editor

Lee Haugen

Production designer

Scott Falconer

Costume designer

Patrik Milani

Music

Pharrell Williams
,
Germaine Franco

With

Shameik Moore (Malcolm)
,
Tony Revolori (Jib)
,
Kiersey Clemons (Diggy)
,
Kimberly Elise (Lisa Hayes)
,
Chanel Iman (Lily)
,
Tyga (De’Andre)
,
Blake Anderson (Will)
,
Zoë Kravitz (Nakia)
,
A$AP Rocky (Dom)

Awards

Editing Award (US Dramatic)
,
Sundance Film Festival 2015

Festivals

Sundance
,
Cannes (Directors’ Fortnight) 2015

Presented in Association With

George FM

“Looking for a comedy that’s just energetic and goofy and flat-out fun? Keep an eye out for Dope, which manages to put a lighthearted spin on the adventures of Inglewood kids who are trying to avoid being shot and killed by drug dealers. A hip-hop update of Risky Business for the era of Bitcoin and viral memes, Rick Famuyiwa’s fourth feature focuses on Malcolm (Shameik Moore), a high school geek who’s intent on getting into Harvard. His attempt to broker a liaison between a local dealer (A$AP Rocky) and a studious neighborhood girl (Zoë Kravitz) results in a series of misadventures that find him and his dorky friends in possession of a large quantity of MDMA and pursued by gun-wielding gangstas, forcing them to improvise a solution using their expertise with the Internet.

Dope is so current in many respects that it risks looking dated down the road – people won’t be posting image macros featuring text in the Impact font forever – but Famuyiwa craftily deflects the issue by making his characters obsessed with the 90s, to the point where Malcolm even sports a hi-top fade and dresses like he’s on In Living Color. The film does have a message, involving the desire not to be categorized and dismissed due to one’s background or interests, but nothing so breezy could possibly come off as preachy.” — Mike D’Angelo, The Dissolve

“There was no way an infectiously entertaining, twisty-turny punk-comedy- thriller wasn’t going to stand out [at Sundance]. But that it somehow manages to be all that while also offering a savvy look at race and achievement in our hyperconnected age? Boom.” — Bilge Ebiri, New York