July 10th, 2015



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Life changes for Malcolm, a geek who's surviving life in a tough neighborhood, after a chance invitation to an underground party leads him and his friends into a Los Angeles adventure.

Release Year: 2015

Rating: 6.5/10 (565 voted)

Critic's Score: 71/100

Director: Rick Famuyiwa

Stars: Shameik Moore, Tony Revolori, Kiersey Clemons

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 dealers, while juggling his senior year of college applications, interviews and the SAT. His dream is to attend Harvard. A chance invitation to a big underground party leads Malcolm and his friends into a, only in Los Angeles, gritty adventure filed with offbeat characters and bad choices. If Malcolm can persevere, he'll go from being a geek, to being dope, to ultimately being himself.

Rakim Mayers - Dom (as A$ap Rocky)
Blake Anderson - Will Sherwood
Bruce Beatty - Mr. Bailey
De'aundre Bonds - Stacey
Julian Brand - Mario
Quincy Brown - Jaleel
Kiersey Clemons - Diggy
Kimberly Elise - Lisa Hayes
Rick Fox - Councilman Blackmon
Christopher Glenn - Crip 1
Ricky Harris - Tannehill James
Chanel Iman - Lily
Wyking Jones - SAT Proctor
Amin Joseph - The Voice
Kapg - Fidel X

Taglines: It's hard out here for a geek.


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Country: USA

Language: English

Release Date: 19 June 2015

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User Review


Rating: 9/10

The trailer was a great visual feast but it doesn't show the scale of the movie and how excellent it is. 3 kids from Inglewood, CA, a town we're usually not asked to care about, have to wise up about drug dealing. I actively tried to find a bad performance, and I couldn't find a single one. Unlike many other "black" films, this one has comedic elements and tries to get you to laugh using memes and potty humor. Typically, this would carry a negative connotation, but in the case of this movie it is excellently executed and the pace is so quick that you don't even care how juvenile it is. I encourage everyone to watch this movie when it releases in June, specifically on the 19th. I'm sure it won't have the story it did at Sundance, however. Open Road may change a few elements of the story, which would be a shame. I'm giving this one a 9/10, just in case the movie isn't as good as it once was at Sundance, so bear that in mind.


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