John Hughes eat your heart out. Dope is today’s Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. Dope is this generations’ The Breakfast Club. Man, was this film refreshing to watch. If you hate having a good time and watching interesting characters embark on adventure, then take the opportunity to miss this film.
Refreshing is the word of the day when it comes to Dope. It’s been a while since I’ve seen a film with such enthusiasm for storytelling. You instantly fall for the three main characters and empathise with their struggle of surviving high-school. The definition of ‘geek’ has changed over the years, and Dope takes us by our elderly hands and walks us kindly across the road of today’s youth. Schools have changed, long gone are the simple days of ‘nerds’ and ‘jocks’ and their easy to identify attire. The ‘nerds’ in Dope, the characters we follow, dress better in my opinion than everyone else at the school. I also find their classification as ‘nerds’ interesting as they’re not what we’re use to. Instead of wearing glasses with tape wrapped around the middle, these guys are obsessed with the 90s. They express themselves through their music and their clothes. They also happen to be incredibly smart.
This is the start of the story, 90’s obsessed final year A-grade students trying to find their way in life. They accidentally befriend a local drug dealer and the proverbial excrement hits the proverbial fan. Whilst the characters lives become increasingly complicated, Dope manages to keep audiences laughing with great interactions between cast members. The whole film manages to keep a high level of entertainment.
It is refreshing to see a film with a predominately black cast that doesn’t attempt to sell the film on that point. This isn’t like those films that take a known property and add the word ‘black’ in front of it; I’m looking at you Black Nativity. This is a film that just so happens to be centred around black characters. Yes, there are discussions about race and there are black stereotypes being exploited, but it isn’t the crux of the movie. What we have here is an interesting story, we are falling down the rabbit hole as things turn from bad to worse and we’re loving it all the way down.
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