Rick Famuyiwa's Sundance Hit 'Dope' Returns to Theaters This Week

August 31, 2015


Get ready for another round of Dope! Or, perhaps since not enough people saw it the first time, get ready to go see Dope in the theaters! Rick Famuyiwa's Dope, which broke out of Sundance earlier this year with a boatload of positive buzz (read my review here), first opened in the summer on June 19th, which is an odd spot for this indie comedy. That said it has already earned $16 million at the box office and they're going to push it to theaters one more time. Open Road Films has confirmed that Dope will arrive on September 4th back in theaters, for those who want to see it (again) on the big screen. It's a film we recommend seeing.

Here's the tweet from Pharrell announcing the re-release starting this weekend. Check your local cinemas.

Dope is written and directed by Rick Famuyiwa. Malcolm (Shameik Moore) is a high school geek with a high-top fade, carefully navigating life in The Bottoms, one of the toughest neighborhoods in Inglewood, California. He and his fellow outcasts (Tony Revolori, Kiersey Clemons) share a voracious appreciation for all things '90s hip-hop. He dreams of attending Harvard, but first he has to make it home every day. When a drug dealer takes a shine to Malcolm and invites him to his birthday party, Malcolm’s crew is swirled into a hilarious blender of offbeat characters and bad choices where redemption can only be found in Bitcoin. The film first premiered at Sundance earlier this year. Dope first opened in theaters on June 19th this summer.

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Reader Feedback - 12 Comments


Nice to see this movie doing well, I loved it and might have to go back and watch it again.

Justin R on Aug 31, 2015


I wish I could see this movie. I want to believe I would enjoy it a lot more than STRAIGHT OUTTA COMPTON.

DAVIDPD on Aug 31, 2015


And you're comparing the two simply because they have lots of black people? lol

ummmmmmmm on Aug 31, 2015


Actually, I was just making the comparison because SOC has been the leading film in the US for two weeks running. Where I live (South Korea) I can not see either film. AB has featured DOPE on this site many times and I have been eagerly anticipating it.

DAVIDPD on Aug 31, 2015


I think he was just comparing the two over hyped movies to less over hyped movies, or the fact that this,and that stupid Zack Efron DJ movie are brainwashing youth, letting them think they are special or something.. These movies are geared towards the pretentious youth culture of Urban Outfitters consumers... buy it ya'll sale this weekend MTV FOREVER !!!! hahahaha... Just pulling your finger .. MTV and Urban Outfitters is great, or are they ?

shane willett on Sep 3, 2015


Literally the only thing the two have in common is that they are both about black people.

ummmmmmmm on Sep 3, 2015


I think you don't get what he is saying, that both movies look sub-par, or won't live up to the hype, even thought droves of people are seeing them. Im a huge NWA fan, but gonna wait for SOC to hit video..

shane willett on Sep 4, 2015


There's 20 other movies that match that description...but none of them are about black

ummmmmmmm on Sep 4, 2015


I never even knew this movie was already in theaters before.

Jordan Odinson on Aug 31, 2015


Yea it had a pretty limited release, I had to go to a mom and pops type theatre to see it because none of the big one's were carrying it.

jakdripr on Sep 1, 2015


Doesn't look that dope, seems like a MTV show - geared towards 20 years old's who still act 16.. Like me ya'll

shane willett on Sep 3, 2015


Of all the films to expand on Labor Day weekend they chose this??? Not the type of movie people flock to see at the theaters.

Blue42 on Sep 7, 2015

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