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House Party (1990)



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

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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
R (adult situations/language, violence)
Comedy , Musical & Performing Arts
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Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

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Christopher "Kid" Reid
as Christopher 'Kid' Harris
Christopher Martin
as Peter 'Play' Martin
Bowlegged Lou
as Pee-Wee
as Zilla
Edith Fields
as Principal
Clifton Powell
as Older Brother
Verda Bridges
as Sharane's Sister
Lou D. Washington
as Uncle Otis
Kimi Sung
as Sunni
Kelly Jo Minter
as La Donna
Barry Wiggins
as Waiter
as Sidney's Mom
J. Jay Saunders
as Sidney's Dad
Myra J.
as Guest
Barry Diamond
as Cop #1
Eugene Allen
as Groove
Belal Miller
as Herman
Shaun Baker
as Clint
Leah Aldridge
as Benita
Val Gamble
as La Shay
John Witherspoon
as Mr. Strickland
Bebe Drake-Massey
as Mrs. Strickland
A.J. Johnson
as Sharane
as Girl No. 1
Bentley Evans
as Tall Teen
Bebe Drake
as Mrs. Strickland
Rodney Hill
as Albert
Cliff Frazier
as Brutus
Stan Haze
as Hatchett
Warrington Hudlin
as Burglar #2
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All Critics (24) | Top Critics (8)

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.

Full Review… | August 16, 2007
Time Out
Top Critic

All of the performances are good and the soundtrack pulses with humor as well as decibels.

Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

[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.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
Top Critic

House Party isn't a great movie, but it's heartfelt and enormously winning.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
Top Critic

House Party is silly and high-spirited and not particularly significant, and that is just as it should be.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Sun-Times
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Audience Reviews for House Party

Entertaining and terrible funny.

Lucas Martins
Lucas Martins

Super Reviewer

Ah this was a great funny film when I saw it years ago about a big house party. It is very funny in places.

Dean King
Dean King

Super Reviewer

Good lines

Lenny Muggsy
Lenny Muggsy

Super Reviewer

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