House Party

1990

House Party

Critics Consensus

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

96%

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Total Count: 27

82%

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User Ratings: 38,535
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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 girls. Though House Party follows a standard plot-line straight out of the '50s rock & roll films, the script is inventive, providing many different twists and turns, while Reginald Hudlin's direction is assured and very, very funny. Kid 'N Play are both terrific, but the true standout is legendary comedian Robin Harris in one of his few screen roles. House Party later spawned two sequels and an animated television series. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine, Rovi

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Critic Reviews for House Party

All Critics (27) | Top Critics (8) | Fresh (26) | Rotten (1)

  • 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.

    Aug 16, 2007 | Full Review…
    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 | Rating: 3.5/5
  • 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.

    Jan 1, 2000 | Full Review…
  • [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.

    Jan 1, 2000 | Full Review…
  • House Party isn't a great movie, but it's heartfelt and enormously winning.

    Jan 1, 2000 | Full Review…
  • House Party is silly and high-spirited and not particularly significant, and that is just as it should be.

    Jan 1, 2000 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for House Party

  • Jul 29, 2012
    Entertaining and terrible funny.
    Lucas M Super Reviewer
  • Jan 30, 2010
    Apparently this movie was popular enough to spawn several sequels. I don't particularly get it. Silly and trite.
    John B Super Reviewer
  • Jan 04, 2009
    This is a pretty good flick, Great dance and rap scenes during the party sequences. Martin Lawrence is hilarious in this.
    Lee K Super Reviewer
  • Nov 23, 2008
    Old school movie! Crazy comedy about High school house parties, with great dance music and more. ;) I loved this movie when I was in highschool.
    Donna D Super Reviewer

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