Dope (2015)

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Malcolm is carefully surviving life in a tough neighborhood in Los Angeles while juggling college applications, academic interviews, and the SAT. A chance invitation to an underground party leads him into an adventure that could allow him to go from being a geek, to being dope, to ultimately being himself.

Movie Summary
"Dope" is an American comedy-drama film directed by Rick Famuyiwa and released in 2015. The primary protagonist is a high schooler named Malcolm (played by Shameik Moore), a geeky, academically brilliant trainee living in a challenging and crime-infested area in Inglewood, California, known as "The Bottoms".

The Main Characters
The movie focuses on Malcolm and his two friends, Jib (Tony Revolori) and Diggy (Kiersey Clemons), who share a passion for 90s hip-hop music and culture, good grades, and a punk rock band. Their dreams focus on leaving their community, with Malcolm aspiring to go to Harvard University. Zoë Kravitz includes as Malcolm's love interest, Nakia, while Rakim Mayers (ASAP Rocky) plays Dom, a drug dealer.

The Plot
The story's critical occasion happens when Dom welcomes Malcom, Jib and Diggy to his birthday party. Due to a cops raid, Dom hides his stash of drugs and a gun in Malcolm's backpack without his understanding. Returning from the celebration, Malcolm discovers the illicit compounds and receives guidelines from Dom's assistant to offer them. Straddling the great line between his Ivy League goals and the drug-dealing underworld, Malcolm and his pals start a risky experience.

Turning Point
As the dispute escalates, Malcolm is stuck to a backpack full of euphoria (MDMA). He arguments whether to turn the drugs into the police or attempt to return the drugs to the owner, fearing the effects from both options. Nevertheless, to the gang who at first owned the drugs, Malcolm ending up being a short-term drug dealership is the only acceptable option.

Malcolm extraordinarily changes the circumstance into a digital drug-selling platform, drawing from his geeky, tech-savvy abilities. This venture turns out profitably, freeing him from the hazardous grip of the drug dealerships. Meanwhile, Malcolm's romantic subplot with Nakia likewise concerns fulfillment when she divulges her sensations for him and clarifies that she always respected his intellectual and individualistic technique to life, distinguishing him from the common crowd in 'The Bottoms.'

Taking full advantage of suspense till the very end, the movie concludes with Malcolm outsmarting everyone. He assigns a secret conference with the gang leader and a corrupt businessman. Throughout the face-off, Malcolm exposes that he has been tape-recording their discussion which went over plans about drug dealing, resulting in the duo's arrest.

With the cash earned from his online drug service, Malcolm kickbacks his method into an interview with the Harvard University alumni job interviewer. In his concluding monologue, he deals with the stereotypes troubled him due to his race and community and redefines what it means, in his own terms, to be from 'The Bottoms.' The film ends with Malcolm awaiting his admission verdict from Harvard after leaving a thought-provoking impression on his job interviewer.

General Impact of the Film
"Dope" stands apart as a narrative that brilliantly mixes humor, drama, and elements of subcultural 90's looks. It deals with numerous social concerns such as racial stereotyping, drug culture, friendship, financial class disparities, LGBTQ+ acceptance, and the battles of impoverished youth to leave low economy background, leaving a lasting impression long after the closing credits roll.

Top Cast

  • Shameik Moore (small)
    Shameik Moore
    Malcolm Adekanbi
  • Kiersey Clemons (small)
    Kiersey Clemons
    Cassandra 'Diggy' Andrews
  • Tony Revolori (small)
    Tony Revolori
    James 'Jib' Caldones
  • Zoë Kravitz (small)
    Zoë Kravitz
  • Chanel Iman (small)
    Chanel Iman
    Lily Jacoby
  • Rick Fox (small)
    Rick Fox
    Councilman Blackmon
  • A$AP Rocky (small)
    A$AP Rocky
  • Blake Anderson (small)
    Blake Anderson
  • Quincy Brown (small)
    Quincy Brown
  • Forest Whitaker (small)
    Forest Whitaker
  • Lakeith Stanfield (small)
    Lakeith Stanfield