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We the Party (2012)



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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 finding themselves. Evoking such classic teen comedies as The Breakfast Club and House Party but with an attitude and style all its own, We the Party captures the hopes, confusion, challenges and dreams of today's teenagers as they plunge headlong into an uncertain future. -- (C) Official Site
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Salli Richardson-Whitfield
as Principal Reynolds
Simone Battle
as Cheyenne
as C.C.
Moises Arias
as Quicktime
Patrick Cage
as Chowder
Michael Jai White
as Officer Davis
as Rej3ctz Member
Pee W33
as Rej3ctz Member
as Rej3ctz Member
Cammy B.
as Pink Dollaz Member
as Pink Dollaz Member
Nilla K
as Pink Dollaz Member
as Pink Dollaz Member
Melvin Van Peebles
as Original Baadasssss
China Walker
as Shauniqua
Darris Love
as D-Money
Corde Broadus
as Chowder's DJ
Adam Paul
as Finklestein
Christopher Michael
as Security Guard 1
Gerald Walker
as Security Guard 2
Darlynn Moore
as Homeless Woman
Marley Van Peebles
as Mrs. Chavez Grandson 1
Jaimeson H. Johnson
as Mrs. Chavez Grandson 2
Michael Reddick
as Basketball Player 1
Antonio James Cinotto
as Basketball Player 2
Gregg Wayans
as Basketball Player 3
Neil Rodney
as Muslim Brother
Tori Irons
as Guitar Twin
Troi Irons
as Guitar Twin
Leah Marie Clark
as Blond Girl DJ
Donna Morgan
as Female Executives
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All Critics (18) | Top Critics (12)

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

Audience Reviews for We the Party


It's not the worst movie. The cast was too much i couldn't keep track. It is like every other high school movie out there nothing new here. The movie does grow on you after a while though.

Morgan Bane
Morgan Bane

The problem with this movie is that it didn't know what it wanted to be. At various points it felt like "American Pie" (1999), while at others it felt like "Dangerous Minds" (1995), and yet at times the dialogue felt like I was watching "High School Musical" (2006). Or was this supposed to be a music movie? If so, it didn't work too well. It had a really long rap battle scene, where you couldn't even understand what they were saying. If you want a movie like that, watch "8 Mile" (2002). I really didn't like most of the music in this movie--really it's not my preferred genre, so it's hard for me to judge if it was good or bad. I did like "Truth" by YG--mixing in Canon in D makes everything sound good. I think the movie would've been better if it stuck to a particular style. If they were aiming for cheesy teen movie, than they should've done that. If they were aiming for urban hardship and coming of age, they should've stuck with that. All mixed together, it ended up being mush. The movie deals with a socioeconomically diverse high school, and the teen problems within it. But again, it tried to deal with too much. It felt like there was no centralized plot, it dragged on, and there was often a feeling of "where are we going with this?" I think they should consider making this movie into a television series, that way they can deal with all the different characters and all the different situations one episode at a time.

Vincent D'Aniello
Vincent D'Aniello

A movie with good intentions that has alot to say about youth. Unfortunately it has too many cheesy elements to recommend. It seems Mario Van Peebles directed this movie as a hipster rather than a serious filmmaker. Grade: C

Jimmy Rivera
Jimmy Rivera

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