A high-school senior finds himself walking a fine line between daydreams and reality in the comedy Trippin'. Gregory Reed (Deon Richmond) is soon to graduate from high school, and he frequently drifts into a Walter Mitty-style fantasy land where he's the coolest guy in town, has money to burn, and fine ladies are throwing themselves at him around the clock; however, back in the real world, Gregory has a lousy job, no girlfriend, and no solid prospects of a date for the prom. A much bigger worry to his parents is the fact that Gregory has done almost nothing about planning for his future after graduation; he's so preoccupied by his problems with women that he hasn't even started applying to colleges. His best friend, June (Donald Faison), has got girls to spare, but while he has a future ahead of him, it isn't a good one -- he's started selling stolen goods for low-level crime boss Kenyatta (Stoney Jackson). The girl of Gregory's dreams is Cinny Hawkins (Maia Campbell), who's beautiful, smart -- and has a boyfriend. Figuring he'll settle for whatever attention he can get, Gregory asks Cinny if she can help him with his college applications, as she's been through the route and has already been accepted. Cinny agrees, and as she and Gregory become friends, she starts to wonder if her pushy boyfriend is really the guy she wants to take to the prom. Balancing typical teen-flick humor with a pointed message about personal responsibility, Trippin' was a surprise box-office success in the spring of 1999. Director David Raynr's own teenage years included a brief stint as a regular on the TV series James at 15. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi … More
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Critic Reviews for Trippin
Intermittently funny and good-natured, Trippin' won't disappoint its target audience.
A disjointed, lowbrow comedy about a teen coping with his uncertain future through daydreams.
An after-school special posing as Booty Call, stumbling badly over its clunky message-movie scripting.
There are stray sparks of satiric wildness shooting out from this preachy teen message movie.
The teen comedy 'Trippin' features a clever technique, but it's trapped inside a stock premise that was exhausted years ago. At best, it would make a nice pilot for a TV sitcom.
The messages, in other words, are mixed -- which makes them pretty much consistent with the perspective of a hormone-driven 17-year-old boy. Viewed in that context, Trippin' doesn't fall quite so far.
Swirl together a pious message movie, a silly high-school yuck-fest and a raunchy, booty-shaking comedy, and this picture is the infelicitous result.
As the credits roll into oblivion, James Thurber's ghost puts out his cigarette. There's another movie he could've written!
Some funny moments and the likeability of Richmond's character make it a tolerable way to pass time, despite the fact (aside from Richmond's fantasies) we've seen everything here many times before.
This recklessly constructed mix of social messages, sexual fantasies and street profanity certainly won't be accused of trying to preach to the choir.
The star's winning smile is the only redeeming quality of this atrocious, predictable teen comedy.
What might have been funny and endearing is instead just more self-inflicted negative stereotypes and marginalizing images.
A few of the daydream sequences are uproarious, but Trippin' tries to get real too late in the game.
If you want to see an entertaining black high school movie, rent House Party or Cooley High, both funny and intelligent takes on the subject. I'm sure they both took more than a week to write.
Like its main character, Trippin' spends too much time in a fantasy world and not nearly enough in real life.
Audience Reviews for Trippin
The charismatic Deon Richmond plays a high school senior and major daydreamer Gregory "G" Reed who is your typical loser. His fantasy life takes up too much time to accomplish the tasks at hand, despite the constant goading of his friends and family. He daydreams of a rap-video lifestyle in which bikini clad sex kittens, wealth and high style are his. But upon waking, G faces a less appealing reality --- his middle-class, hard-working parents nag him to fill out college applications, his part-time job at a rib joint is a drag, and nobody wants to be his prom date especially the gorgeous, brainy and popular Cinny (Maia Campbell), who hardly notices him until he solicits her help in applying to colleges. However, with things looking up, G lets his flights of fancy get the best of him. Not only does he lie to Cinny about being accepted into UCLA, he also boasts publicly about the nature of their relationship. Needless to say, she isn't happy when his fibbing is revealed.
In between trying to satisfy his parents, earn the affection of his beloved and avoid the neighborhood drug dealer (Stony Jackson), G may not survive his senior year.
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