Director: Rick Famuyiwa
Cast: Shameik Moore, Tony Revolori, Kiersey Clemons
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama
Country of Origin: USA 2015 103 mins.
Released by Sony Pictures
Malcolm is a high school geek with a high-top fade, carefully navigating life in The Bottoms, one of the toughest neighbourhoods in Inglewood, California. He and his fellow outcasts share a voracious appreciation for all things '90s hip-hop, opting to sport Cross-Colours and Z. Cavariccis at the risk of being clowned at school. He dreams of attending Harvard, but first he has to make it home every day. When a drug dealer takes a shine to Malcolm and invites him to his birthday party, Malcolm’s crew is swirled into a hilarious blender of offbeat characters and bad choices where redemption can only be found in Bitcoin.
Writer/director Rick Famuyiwa delivers an energetic, super-fresh, modern-day coming-of-age story that is a delightful mash-up of DIY punk, Yo! MTV Raps, YouTube, and Neil deGrasse Tyson. Intelligent and full of heart, Dope is an up-to-date inspirational tale of the journey to maintain a grasp on one’s own authentic self amidst surreal circumstances. —S.F. Sundance International Film Festival