Verge Reviews: Dope

(Left to right) Kiersey Clemons as Diggy, Shameik Moore as Malcolm, and Tony Revolori as Jib in DOPE, opening June 19th, 2015. Photo credit:Rachel Morrison / Distributor: Open Road Films

(Left to right) Kiersey Clemons as Diggy, Shameik Moore as Malcolm, and Tony Revolori as Jib in DOPE. Photo credit: Rachel Morrison / Distributor: Open Road Films

Rick Famuyiwa’s Sundance comedy, now available on DVD and Digital HD, has flare, twists and a decidedly unpredictable ending to leave viewers pleasantly enthused. An unconventional coming-of-age comedy featuring high school 90s geeks and bandmates from the hood, Dope could not be any more fresh for comedy lovers as it strays away from the emblematic hallways of other “high school” comedies.

“It’s hard out there for a geek,” is all to true for Malcolm (Shameik Moore) and his friends, Diggy (Kiersey Clemons) and Jib (Tony Revolori), who find themselves with a handgun and dope from a party gone wrong. From the intricately thought out track, street style and 90s vibe that would make any 90s geek all fuzzy inside, the trio takes us through the ‘aw-yeah’ moments, to the cringe worthy in an all out entertaining film.

Dope also has a lot going for it, for the fact that it’s characters do not fall into social expectations as they are witty, wickedly intelligent and diverse. This unique comedy is one for pop-culture lovers to add to their movie collections and it definitely does not disappoint.

(Left to right) Quincy Brown as Jaleel, Shameik Moore as Malcolm, Kiersey Clemons as Diggy, and Tony Revolori as Jib in DOPE, opening June 19, 2015. Photo credit: Rachel Morrison / Distributor: Open Road Films

(Left to right) Quincy Brown as Jaleel, Shameik Moore as Malcolm, Kiersey Clemons as Diggy, and Tony Revolori as Jib in DOPE. Photo credit: Rachel Morrison / Distributor: Open Road Films

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