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House Party
House Party
Actors: Christopher Reid, Robin Harris, Christopher Martin, Martin Lawrence, Tisha Campbell-Martin
Director: Reginald Hudlin
Genres: Comedy, African American Cinema
R     2000     1hr 40min

The raucous events leading up to and after the 'mutha' of all urban teen parties. Starring Kid 'n Play and Martin Lawrence. Directed by Reginald Hudlin.


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Actors: Christopher Reid, Robin Harris, Christopher Martin, Martin Lawrence, Tisha Campbell-Martin
Director: Reginald Hudlin
Creators: Peter Deming, Reginald Hudlin, Earl Watson, Gerald T. Olson, Warrington Hudlin
Genres: Comedy, African American Cinema
Sub-Genres: Romantic Comedies, House Party, Martin Lawrence, African American Cinema
Studio: New Line Home Video
Format: DVD - Color,Full Screen,Widescreen,Anamorphic - Closed-captioned
DVD Release Date: 06/06/2000
Original Release Date: 03/09/1990
Theatrical Release Date: 03/09/1990
Release Year: 2000
Run Time: 1hr 40min
Screens: Color,Full Screen,Widescreen,Anamorphic
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 0
MPAA Rating: R (Restricted)
Languages: English
Subtitles: English

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Movie Reviews

This film stands the test of time!
Donna M. Glover | Oakland, CA United States | 03/13/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)

"I am not ashamed to admit that I was 26 years old when this movie first came out...and I loved it! I still love this movie...especially knowing that many of the actors were my age when they were filming!

My sons, now in high school also love this movie. The music and the moves, but they do have fun making jokes about the clothes. It was a movie that really tapped into young African-American's and their high school, hip hop world. The Hudlin's were indeed influrenced by Cooley High, but so what! That was a great influence. I also love the messages that are placed in the movie without beating you over the head. Safe sex, no drinking, being there for your friends...even if it means leaving them on their porch while you take their dj equipment.

Frankly I can't imagine Will Smith and Jazzy Jeff in this movie. By using Kid n Play, everybody in the movie WERE friends! This made it believable.

My son's favorite show of "good friends" are the "fellas" taking Groove home because he he was drunk, propped him against the front door, ring the doorbell, cut and RUN!!!!

So, find those leather medalions, bicycle shorts and work on your high top fade, this is a must see movie."
A. R SCOTT | Houston, Texas | 02/22/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This is a great video I loved this movie when it had came out and I still love it today it is one of my favorite comedies Martin Lawrence, Kid'N' Play, Tisha Campbell, Full Force , and others I enjoyed this movie and I still do today it is a funny scene in every part of this movie I liked the part when the cop called "KID" eraser head that was so funny I like the whole movie!!!! Anyone who likes parties or Kid 'N Play then I would recommend that you buy this album it is great and you will definitely enjoy it!!!"
A modern classic. They don't make them this good anymore!
SHAWN JAMES | Bronx, NY | 12/23/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I watched House Party for the first time when I was 16. I love this movie so much because the story perfectly what life was like for teens my age back then. I remember wearing the flat-top fade haircuts (still wear mine to this day), the dope clothes, writing the dope fresh rhymes, working hard in school, all in between fending off the knuckleheads, and talking to the girls. Besides being the movie of my generation, it truly is a classic African-American movie.
Made for the low low price of $3million by the Hudlin Brothers the film became a huge hit and a cult classic. The story follows Kid as he tries to go to Play's house party. The only problem: his Dad has grounded him for having a fight earlier that day. Sneaking out that night to go to the party he runs afoul of those Full Force knuckleheads (sporting jerricurl mullets) and racist cops. At the party he dances the night away macking both Sydney and Sherraine, then battles his boy play on the mic beating him handily cause Kid spelled backwards describes Play best. After walking Sydney home he comes this close to getting some. Unfortunately when her parents come home he's forced to leave. Outside he runs afoul of those Full Force knuckleheads. That leads to a stint in jail and some really inspired rapping from kid. His friends bail him out and after some burger king, Kid sneaks back in his house where he pays the painfully funny price for his night of fun.
The film chock full of laughs with perfect comic timing in every frame. Rappers Kid N' Play give great performances as do the members of Full force. However, the films supporting cast is what makes this movie a classic. The Late Robin Harris is perfect as Kid's cantankerous dad (Watch this move and you'll realize Bernie Mac stole his act) and Martin Lawrence steals scenes here. Tisha Campbell is great as the love intrest. Other noteworthy performances are from Darryl "Chill" Mitchell, the girl who plays Sydney's everyone blends into the background seamlessly and becomes a character. The Hudlin Brothers do a great job here; with their imagination they overcome the limitations of small budget by making a film that is as fresh today as it was way back in 1990.
This is a Shawn James essential video. If you like African-American movies this movie belongs in your collection. For a great Saturday movie night, Pop some popcorn Fix yourself some Dick Gregory or some Red Kool-Aid and pop this DVD in your player.
1 of da coolest and funniest movies at da time forget that o
A. R SCOTT | 09/17/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)

"kid and play were all fun and games this movie reminds me of a update version of cooly high but funnier as cooly high was funny and serious acting this movie has mostly comedy and alittle bit of serious acting kid and play were the coolest dude on da block they had da skills on the mic, the dance moves, the style, and they most importantly had the girls martin l was funny as h*ll he wouldn't shut up through out da entire film everytime u saw him he would always have sometime to say kid father was also good in his role as a hardworking father who was strict on kid for getting in trouble in school because of three high school troublemakers that cause kid a lot of problems throughout most of da movies da ending of da movie is 1 of da funniest ending to a movie i have ever seen i not going to say anything because if i do i would probably ruin it 4 those who haven't seen this 17 year old classic film Joe Brown"