• R, 1 hr. 44 min.
  • Comedy
  • Directed By:
    Mario Van Peebles
    In Theaters:
    Apr 6, 2012 Limited
    On DVD:
    Jul 31, 2012
  • Xlrator Media


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We the Party Reviews

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Witney Seibold

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 Source: CraveOnline | Original Score: 6.5/10

August 22, 2012
Alison Willmore
AV Club
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How to resist a film in which one kid taunts another by quoting Mo'Nique's monologue from Precious?

Full Review Source: AV Club | Original Score: B

April 5, 2012
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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Despite its flashy cinematography and colorful sets, it contains a great deal that is serious about growing up in America today.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 3.5/4

April 5, 2012
Kam Williams

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 Source: AALBC.com | Original Score: 3/4

April 1, 2012
Diego Costa
Slant Magazine

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 Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 3/4

March 29, 2012
Cole Smithey

[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 Source: ColeSmithey.com | Original Score: c-

April 8, 2012
Scott Bowles
USA Today
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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.

Full Review Source: USA Today | Original Score: 2/4

April 6, 2012
David Noh
Film Journal International

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 Source: Film Journal International

April 6, 2012
Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
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Mario Van Peebles' self-produced project comes frustratingly close to his high-minded aims.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 2/5

April 6, 2012
Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter
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Heavy-handed teen drama mixes moralizing and partying to uneven effect.

Full Review Source: Hollywood Reporter

April 6, 2012
Kyle Smith
New York Post
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A good-natured high school dramedy that borrows from many others...

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 1.5/4

April 6, 2012
Stephanie Merry
Washington 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.

Full Review Source: Washington Post | Original Score: 1.5/4

April 6, 2012
Neil Genzlinger
New York Times
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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.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 2.5/5

April 5, 2012
Robert Abele
Los Angeles Times
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A colorful but superficial mess.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 2.5/5

April 5, 2012
Matt Pais

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 Source: RedEye | Original Score: 2/4

April 5, 2012
Robert Koehler
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The pic feels like a quickie knockoff between major projects, offering the writer-director's handsome son Mandela and other younger Van Peebles loads of screentime.

Full Review Source: Variety

April 4, 2012
Andrew Schenker
Time Out New York
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It's an uneasy mixture of crude yukking and mixed-message uplift that satisfies on neither level.

Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 2/5

April 3, 2012
Karina Longworth
Village Voice
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Van Peebles's heart is probably in the right place, but his attempt to wed his kids' generational moment to a classic coming-of-age template falters in its message-obsessed execution.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

April 3, 2012
John Hazelton
Screen International
May 15, 2012
Drew Taylor
The Playlist
April 6, 2012
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