The movie called Dope is certainly pulling in plenty of attention on YouTube, with the official movie trailer for the film, which stars Zoë Kravitz, Forest Whitaker, and Blake Anderson, causing users who view the trailer to wonder exactly what it’s all about — what, with the sneak peek’s video-game style format. But Dope has all the makings of a classic cult film in the style of Baby Boy, Love Jones, Love and Basketball, and Boyz n the Hood — and just about every other African-American film you can think of, filmed inside or outside the California area, that has become the type of movie that fans like to quote to one another because they are so brilliant and resonate so completely with fans.
The slang “dope” means something great, and Dope claims to represent — and is set within — the 1990s, the “golden age of hip hop,” says the movie that shows all the stylings of clothing and hair that represent the era. According to IMDB, Dope will hit theaters on June 19 — another “dope” release date for the much buzzed-about Sundance film, because that’s the African-American holiday called Juneteeth — a celebration of sorts that represents the day in the late 19th century that many slaves learned that they had indeed been freed quite some time before the news of the Emancipation Proclamation made it to their plantations.
“A coming of age comedy/drama for the post hip hop generation. Malcolm is a geek, carefully surviving life in The Bottoms, a tough neighborhood in Inglewood, CA filled gangsters and drugs.”
Written and directed by Rick Famuyiwa, Dope brings to life the vision in one’s mind of what it must’ve been like to come of age during a time when rap groups like NWA ruled in the underground airwaves — with folks passing around their tapes to one another, because the songs were mostly too raunchy or violent to play on the radio.
Dope star Allen Maldonado, from the TV show Black-ish, according to the Albuquerque Journal, gives a performance that proves he is an acting force to be reckoned with. With Whitaker producing and starring in the feature, it’s the first time audiences get a long look at Kravitz since her time spent in Will Smith’s After Earth.
The “Dope Official Teaser Trailer #1 (2015) – Zoë Kravitz, Forest Whitaker Movie HD” has already received so many views in such a short time that it has appeared on YouTube’s “Popular Right Now” list, going viral in the same manner that videos from Jimmy Fallon have been made popular in the past, as reported by the Inquisitr.
[Image via Dope]