New DOPE Trailer: 90s Hip-Hop Geeks Take Center Stage

     April 17, 2015

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Open Road Films has released a new, full-length Dope trailer for writer/director Rick Famuyiwa’s upcoming film. The movie follows self-proclaimed 90s hip-hop geeks Malcolm (Shameik Moore), Diggy (Kiersey Clemons), and Jib (Tony Revolori) who get caught up in a drug deal and must figure out how to recoup the money and stay alive. After a few imaginative teaser trailers, this full-length trailer finally gets into the nitty gritty of the plot while also further illuminating the characters.

I caught the film at Sundance and while it starts off as a very strong slice-of-life picture, I found myself a bit disappointed when the plot took center stage and left the more fascinating character eccentricities behind. The movie was also quite a bit overlong, but I’m happy to hear that it’s been re-edited since Sundance, so I look forward to seeing if any significant improvements have been made.

Despite some unevenness, Dope does have some really fantastic qualities, including lead actor Moore (who’d make a solid Spider-Man, by the way), some incredibly catchy songs, and a killer soundtrack. Even with its faults, it’ll be a welcome change of pace in the midst of summer.

Check out the new Dope trailer below, via Open Road Films, and click here to read Matt’s review. The film also stars Kimberly Elise, A$AP Rocky, Blake Anderson,Keith Stanfield, Chanel Iman, Quincy Brown, and Zoë KravitzDope opens in theaters on June 19th.


Here’s the official synopsis for Dope:

A critical hit and audience favorite out of the Sundance Film Festival, in DOPE, Malcolm (Shameik Moore) is carefully surviving life in a tough neighborhood in Los Angeles while juggling college applications, academic interviews, and the SAT. A chance invitation to an underground party leads him into an adventure that could allow him to go from being a geek, to being dope, to ultimately being himself.

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