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We the Party (2012)

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Average Rating: 5.4/10
Reviews Counted: 18
Fresh: 5
Rotten: 13

Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.

Average Rating: 5.1/10
Reviews Counted: 12
Fresh: 2
Rotten: 10

Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.

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Movie Info

A revealing look at contemporary youth culture, writer-director Mario Van Peebles' We the Party shows teenagers as they are, not as adults would like them to be. Set amidst the latest trends in music, dance and fashion, We the Party is a colorful, cutting-edge comedy set in an ethnically diverse Los Angeles high school during America's first black president. The film focuses on five friends as they deal with romance, money, prom, college, sex, bullies, facebook, fitting in, standing out, and … More

Rating:
R (for sexual content, language and brief drug use - all involving teens)
Genre:
Comedy
Directed By:
Written By:
Mario Van Peebles
In Theaters:
On DVD:
Jul 31, 2012
Runtime:
Xlrator Media - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for We the Party

All Critics (20) | Top Critics (12) | Fresh (5) | Rotten (13)

Every time it dabbles in real-world teen issues like sex and drugs, it returns to a fanciful high school where kids quote Nietzsche and play acoustic guitar on lunch breaks.

Full Review… | April 6, 2012
USA Today
Top Critic

Mario Van Peebles' self-produced project comes frustratingly close to his high-minded aims.

Full Review… | April 6, 2012
New York Daily News
Top Critic

Heavy-handed teen drama mixes moralizing and partying to uneven effect.

Full Review… | April 6, 2012
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic

A good-natured high school dramedy that borrows from many others...

Full Review… | April 6, 2012
New York Post
Top Critic

With the raunch of "American Pie" and the heart of an after-school special, the comedy turns out to be a lot less than the sum of its parts.

Full Review… | April 6, 2012
Washington Post
Top Critic

Van Peebleses ... populate the movie, and all are serviceable enough as actors; it would be nice to see them in less earnest, more original material.

Full Review… | April 5, 2012
New York Times
Top Critic

I have to admit there is something kind of disarming about its corny earnestness. Van Peebles clearly invested himself in the material, and damn it all if he wasn't going to wring that screenplay for all it was worth.

Full Review… | August 22, 2012
CraveOnline

[VIDEO] There are a few moments during writer/director Mario Van Peebles's overly didactic high school drama when you can almost glimpse the good film buried beneath all the artifice.

Full Review… | April 8, 2012
ColeSmithey.com

Initially promising teen comedy-drama, featuring African-American kids not in the ghetto for once, soon undermines itself in a welter of clichés and empty gloss.

Full Review… | April 6, 2012
Film Journal International

Joining two overweight characters in a relationship just to make a joke about them enjoying an all-you-can-eat buffet hardly qualifies as progressive, intellectual comedy.

Full Review… | April 5, 2012
RedEye

Unfolding like a 21st Century update of African-American coming-of-age classics House Party (1990) and Love Jones (1997), We the Party might very well come to serve as the seminal adventure capturing the angst and aspirations of the Millennial Generation.

Full Review… | April 1, 2012
AALBC.com

While We the Party can be insensitive, or blind, to the misogyny and homophobia of the general culture (the token gay teen is a finger-snapping, head-bobbing fashionista), it takes the issues of race and class quite seriously.

Full Review… | March 29, 2012
Slant Magazine

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