Dope | Film review – Peppy coming-of-age crime caper set on Inglewood’s hard-knock streets

Imagine an African-American version of Risky Business and you will get an idea of Dope, a peppy coming-of-age crime caper set on the hard-knock streets of Inglewood, California.

Geeky straight-A student Malcolm (Shameik Moore) finds himself inadvertently in possession of a stash of drugs after crashing a local gangster’s party and decides to use the windfall to advance his dream of getting into Harvard.

Writer-director Rick Famuyiwa’s film doesn’t quite sustain the swaggering momentum of its opening scenes – which introduce us to the lives of Malcolm and best friends Jib (Tony Revolori) and Diggy (Kiersey Clemons) – but the zest with which it overturns cultural stereotypes remains admirable.

Certificate 15. Runtime 103 mins. Director Rick Famuyiwa

Dope debuts on Sky Movies Premiere today and is available on DVD from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.

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