Movie Review: 'Dope' Reveals Itself to be Part Spike Lee, Part John Hughes

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Rated R

Four out of five stars

Malcolm’s not only passionate about '90s hip-hop, he also has a punk band with his two best friends, Jib (Tony Revolori) and Diggy (Kiersey Clemons), the latter a lesbian most people confuse for a boy. As if all that didn’t make Malcolm different enough, he’s also a genius and wants to attend Harvard.

"Dope" isn’t exactly "The Breakfast Club," "Risky Business" or "Do the Right Thing," and yet in many ways it is. It’s as if writer/director Rick Famuyiwa appropriated plotlines and moments from those movies the way Will, a white character in Dope, appropriates black culture and Malcolm, Jib and Diggy appropriate white punk and hip-hop culture.

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