‘Dope:’ Not the same old song (Our grade: A-)

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Shameik Moore as Malcolm, from left, De’aundre Bonds as Stacey and director Rick Famuyiwa on the set of the movie “Dope.”
Shameik Moore as Malcolm, from left, De’aundre Bonds as Stacey and director Rick Famuyiwa on the set of the movie “Dope.”

Shameik Moore as Malcolm, from left, De’aundre Bonds as Stacey and director Rick Famuyiwa on the set of the movie “Dope.”

If you can name Naughty by Nature’s “Hip Hop Hooray” or Digital Underground’s “Humpty Dance” from two bars of the intro, if you like your comedies scripted rather than seemingly improvised or if you thrill to see stories at war with cliché, “Dope” is the feel-good, crowd-pleaser of the summer.

This is not damning with faint praise. Yes, “feel-good” can often mean “fun but not all that meaningful,” “you can cut the earnestness with a knife” or “this is so twee my teeth hurt.”

Not so with “Dope,” and yet one leaves the theater bouncing off the walls.

» Read full review at MyStatesman.com | Find showtimes for “Dope”


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