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House Party (1990)

tomatometer

96

Average Rating: 6.9/10
Reviews Counted: 24
Fresh: 23 | Rotten: 1

House Party is a light, entertaining teen comedy with an infectious energy.

100

Average Rating: 7.6/10
Critic Reviews: 8
Fresh: 8 | Rotten: 0

House Party is a light, entertaining teen comedy with an infectious energy.

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83

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Average Rating: 2.9/5
User Ratings: 38,148

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House Party is an infectious, engaging comedy starring the rap duo Kid 'N Play. Kid (Christopher Reid) decides to throw a party where he plans to blow the roof off the joint with his rhyming skills, so he and his friend Play (Christopher Martin) throw a huge party while Play's parents are away. The day of the party, Kid is grounded by his father (Robin Harris) and he has to sneak out of the house to get to the party, where he is confronted by several rival rappers, as well as a bevy of adoring

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Comedy

Sep 5, 2000

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

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All Critics (25) | Top Critics (9) | Fresh (23) | Rotten (1) | DVD (7)

Clearly this is no masterpiece, but as its US reception indicated, it is a product overdue in the market, and it compares well with its anaemic counterparts.

August 16, 2007 Full Review Source: Time Out
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All of the performances are good and the soundtrack pulses with humor as well as decibels.

May 20, 2003 Full Review Source: New York Times
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House Party isn't a great movie, but it's heartfelt and enormously winning.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Washington Post
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[It's] fast-moving, never dull, extremely funny, and manages to touch, with lighthearted (and R-rated) profundity on almost every youthful issue you can imagine, including police harassment, teenage sex, the all-too-easy road to jail and alcohol drinking.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Washington Post
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There's a lot more energy and social reality in this picture than one is accustomed to finding in teen exploitation movies; the cutting is often dynamic, and Hudlin generally does a good job of keeping things moving.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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House Party is silly and high-spirited and not particularly significant, and that is just as it should be.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
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An energetic and hilarious party film with charming stars, a killer soundtrack, and some great moments...

April 1, 2012 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
Cinema Crazed

This is a feel-good no-brainer with a party-loving cast and flat-top hairdos you could play pool on.

March 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Film4
Film4

Crude and cartoony but hypnotic in its infectious energy, this low-budget comedy about a night in the lives of some black teenagers is an auspicious debut from brothers Reginald (directing) and Warrington (producing) Hudlin.

July 18, 2007 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

The first--and best--of the three black comedies made of the same concept, this joyful picture was far less cloying than its white counterpart movies of the 1960s.

December 7, 2006 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com
EmanuelLevy.Com

This is the only House Party that counts.

March 10, 2003 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

What is most appealing about House Party, and what sets it apart from many movies in the same genre, is that there is an energy and exuberance, a joy of living being celebrated here that is absolutely infectious.

September 26, 2002 Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

good-natured, raunchy fun

July 29, 2002
Kalamazoo Gazette

An aged piece of ghetto-lore that has become less black-counterpart to Heathers and Dazed and Confused than pristine example of serendipity in film.

August 14, 2001 Full Review Source: Apollo Guide
Apollo Guide

Audience Reviews for House Party

Entertaining and terrible funny.
July 29, 2012
Lucas Martins

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Ah this was a great funny film when I saw it years ago about a big house party. It is very funny in places.
September 6, 2008
Deano78

Super Reviewer

Good lines
March 1, 2008
Chiefilms
Lenny Muggsy

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I liked it. This was what you wanted your parties to be like when I was younger. They never were though and it was never as easy to hook up with the girls as this movie made it look.
There were some really funny parts and a lot of them included Robin Harris. He was a comic that went out early in life but he brought a lot to the small part in this flick.
Kid and Play were the black Corey's and I liked all the flicks they popped up in even though they were all pretty simple in nature.
January 7, 2008
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