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We the Party (2012)

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Average Rating: 5.1/10
Critic Reviews: 12
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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

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Jul 31, 2012

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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.

April 6, 2012 Full Review Source: USA Today
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Mario Van Peebles' self-produced project comes frustratingly close to his high-minded aims.

April 6, 2012 Full Review Source: New York Daily News
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Heavy-handed teen drama mixes moralizing and partying to uneven effect.

April 6, 2012 Full Review Source: Hollywood Reporter
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A good-natured high school dramedy that borrows from many others...

April 6, 2012 Full Review Source: New York Post
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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.

April 6, 2012 Full Review Source: Washington Post
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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.

April 5, 2012 Full Review Source: New York Times
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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.

August 22, 2012 Full Review Source: CraveOnline
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[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.

April 8, 2012 Full Review Source: ColeSmithey.com
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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.

April 6, 2012 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
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.

April 5, 2012 Full Review Source: RedEye
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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.

April 1, 2012 Full Review Source: AALBC.com
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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.

March 29, 2012 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
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