*** out of ****
An unusual coming-of-age film called Dope from writer/director Rick Famuyiwa (The Wood) is in theaters and I can say that it reminded me of two very different movies: City of God and Risky Business. It follows the misadventures of a southwest LA high school student and his two friends, as their geeky existence as academic hopefuls gets turned upside down when an attempt to climb the social ladder unwittingly involves them in the underworld of drugs and crime, which surround them on a daily basis.
The movie gets structurally messy when it takes some unexpected turns and changes gears. It is still refreshing to see something so unpredictable. Regardless, the film is full of flavor, often hilarious, and sure to horrify most parents.