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Dope 
Pretty 'Dope' Teen Flick
3/4 stars

'Dope' is an energetic teen movie of a new breed. The familiar plot seen in past 'hood' genre types is tweaked in fun ways. Our protagonist is an academically exceptional, 90's obsessed, black nerd. He's a well mannered individual who strives for a higher purpose. His involvement in drug trafficking is pure accident on the part of other players. The means in which he uses his advanced skill set to try and make the best of a terrible situation is where the movie shows inventiveness. The adventure that ensues operates just outside the boundaries of formula. It leads to a halfway predictable ending that ties everything up a little too nicely. But, at the same time, it somehow works as a positive message to teens from this particular walk of life. Comedy and drama are evenly split throughout. It never becomes wacky or too serious. Striking hip-hop style visuals compliment a great soundtrack. The cast is full of standout young actors. These elements mold together to create one of the better teen movies seen in recent years. A fun, fresh spin on something we've all loved at one point.


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