Skip to main content

Dome Pondering Movie Review: Dope (2015)

What is it about?

Malcolm, a geeky high schooler, has his life changed at a party in the rough neighborhood of Inglewood, California. 

Who is in it? 

Shameik Moore - Malcolm

Tony Revolori - Jib

Kiersey Clemons - Diggy

Favorite Scene: 

After realizing there was drugs in his backpack, Malcolm runs toward the band room with his friends and freaks out. 

Favorite Quote: 

"All I know about drugs is that Jeezy is paying LeBron, and Jay is paying Dwyane Wade!"

Review:

Dope is a film that I'm very much torn on. For every moment I enjoyed the film, there was a moment in which I shook my head in disgust. Why? Well, simply put, the film does a great job of having a storyline arc that relates to any inner city kid with a goofy enough feel that mirrors House Party, another classic. However, it also does a very poor job in depicting the black youth and assuming every child has to sling drugs or hold a gun to make it out of the hood. 

Focusing on the good, Dope is very funny in certain moments, especially when it comes to the wacky and zany adventure that Malcolm experiences following the party. The characters of the three kids are dynamic enough that they each compliment the overlying story. 

Also, the soundtrack is absolutely awesome. From the 90's hip hop tracks to the original tracks from the band, you'll definitely bop your head many times. 

As for the bad, there are some moments that certainly feel eye rolling, unnecessary, or just flat out stupid. Without giving away the plot, there is also a twist that is downright dumb. 

All in all, Dope is still worth the watch in this interesting coming of age film. Don't expect something in the art form of Boyz N the Hood, but Dope does have it's moments, including a very powerful moment towards the end of the film. 

With that said, Dope is still worth the watch for you to form your own opinion. 

Grade: 3/5

Recently Read Posts

Sunday Sundown Rundown - 10/15/17

3 Up
1. Hollywood Victims - Much props to the many men and women who have taken the step in telling their story about sexual assault and being the victim of displays of power for sexual gain within Hollywood. It's tough, especially in such an unforgiving business like show business, but it takes guts to tell the truth - much respect to you all who did so.
2. Joe Girardi - Have you ever seen a more brutally honest manager or head coach during a playoff stretch? Girardi has been letting his soul bare on mistakes, feelings, lineups, results, decisions, his family, his time in New York, and anything and everything else. I have a feeling Girardi is walking away, after this season, and if he is, I'm glad he's doing it by just being him. 
3. Eminem - I've seen some new school fans insult Eminem and downplaying his ability. I'm still a fan. After all, no one - NO ONE - captures anger in their music like Em. No one. Still so captivating. And yes, his freestyle of President …

Dome Pondering Export - "TNA's Biggest Problem Is..."

After ten years of importing materials, words, pictures, and videos from other sites her for your viewing and for archiving, I never thought I'd get to the point where I'd be EXPORTING material out to other sites. Yes, the DP continues to grow, and yours truly had the kind opportunity to contribute a guest column to an awesome Pro Wrestling blog with a very large audience. The piece has since been very well received, and I hope to have the opportunity to do so in the future, and maybe even other sites and avenues as well. 
You can read the column here on the TNAsylum website (special thanks to them as well for posting), or the entire text below:

Dome Pondering Movie Review: Wonder Woman (2017)

What is it about?

When a pilot crashes into her world, Diana, an Amazonian Warrior, leaves home to help fight a war and fulfill her true destiny. 
Who is in it? 

Gal Gadot - Diana
Chris Pine - Steve Trevor

Damn, I Love This Team

Damn. I love this team. 
I don't know what it is, or what spurred this immediate attachment in Spring Training, but I just do. Maybe it was the idea of hope and all of the wonders and excitement it brings. You know, when your squad finally ditches the old expensive brigade and gives the keys to the prospects we've been hearing about. 
Maybe that was it. 
Or, maybe it was the excitement produced by Gary Sanchez just the year before. And the near-miss of the playoffs the team teased the year prior. 
Or...maybe it was just the idea of dancing around the word "rebuilding" and having no (not low) expectations for the 2017 season. Quite frankly, we were playing with house cards, and that's a fun position to be in as a fan. 
Of course, Judge happened (Sooooooo much fun). And it happened 52 times - really 53 if we count that one home run that didn't get counted and was ruled a triple. But whose counting? 
And one of my favorites in David Robertson returned in pinstr…