The main topic of this year’s Sundance Film Festival has been all about the movie Dope, which has been labeled as the “Best Thing No One Saw Coming.” Motion picture power houses competitively bid for the coming-of-age story about three 90s-crazed teens, and after almost 24 hours of bidding, Open Road Films and Sony Pictures claimed the movie gem that’s already expected to become a classic with a deal weighing in at $7 million minimum.
Aside from the film’s already growing reputation, it harbors a collection of urban cultures’ multi-genre film favorites; written by the same director who brought us, The Wood and supported by Zoe Kravitz, A$AP Rocky and even actor Tony Revolori from Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel. Shameik Moore’s performance as the protagonist, Malcolm, is said to have won the crowd alongside Kiersey Clemons who plays Malcom’s spirited female friend.
The trio of LA-residing teens are labeled as anything except “dope” by their community of gang members, making being “different” a burden whilst hurdling them into a whirlwind of constant hardships. Their high aspirations, nerdy habits (i.e., passion of being accepted into Harvard University) and fly sense of fashion makes them easy targets. Along the way, they find themselves in funny situations and confronting difficult milestones. This film is an adventure that satisfies the your inner desire to stand out loud and proud.
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