Here at Moviepilot, we love geeks of all shapes, sizes, and types. One of my favorite films at the Sundance Film Festival this year was Dope, which chronicled the life of a very unique type of geek that I personally can relate to. Set in The Bottoms, a dangerous part of Inglewood in Los Angeles, the film has a refreshing not-all-black-people-are-gangbangers vibe to it.
Malcolm, played by Shameik Moore, and his trio of misfits is super into self expression, specifically with 90s hip-hop hipster-ish fashion, and just want so badly to be "dope". However, they don't know the half of it when it comes to what being "dope" entails and the struggles that some of the people who ARE "dope" have to deal with. One of those "dope" people is rapper A$AP Rocky who gives a surprisingly stellar performance.
The hip-hop influence in this film isn't tossed in randomly; rather, it seems like an organic aspect of the film. It features several rappers and fans of hip-hop, and why wouldn't it? It's directed by Rick Famuyiwa, produced by Forest Whitaker, executive produced by Pharrell Williams and co-executive produced by Sean Combs (aka Diddy).
The poster was just released, and it boasts an awesome tagline. Simply put, "It's Hard Out Here For A Geek". Check it out on Pharrell's Instagram!
The trailer will whet your appetite for the time being, but I have to say that I enjoyed the actual movie even more! Regardless, give it a gander...
Follow the #DopeMovie tag on various social media channels to find out more about the movie in real-time. It comes out June 19th.