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House Party

House Party captures contemporary black teen culture in a way that's fresh, commercial and very catchy. Filmmaking team of Reggie and Warrington Hudlin make a strikingly assured debut feature blending comedy, hip-hop music and dancing in a pic that moves to a kinetic, nonstop rhythm.

House Party captures contemporary black teen culture in a way that’s fresh, commercial and very catchy. Filmmaking team of Reggie and Warrington Hudlin make a strikingly assured debut feature blending comedy, hip-hop music and dancing in a pic that moves to a kinetic, nonstop rhythm.

Rap duo Kid ‘N’ Play (Christopher Reid and Christopher Martin) play colleagues in rhyme, trying to get away with throwing a booming house party the night Play’s parents are away and Kid is grounded by his Pop (Robin Harris) for getting in a fight at school.

En route to the party, Kid is pursued by the school thugs (rap trio Full Force), and all of them are pursued by the neighborhood cops. Then unwitting Kid becomes an object of desire for both of the young ladies Play is trying to impress (Tisha Campbell and A.J. Johnson).

Writer-director Reggie Hudlin, who expanded House Party from a short he made while a student at Harvard, injects pic with the cartoonish style and captivating rhythm of today’s rap scene.

House Party

  • Production: New Line. Dir Reginald Hudlin; Producer Warrington Hudlin; Screenplay Reginald Hudlin; Camera Peter Deming; Editor Earl Watson; Music Marcus Miller Art Dir Bryan Jones
  • Crew: (Color) Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1990. Running time: 100 MIN.
  • With: Christopher Reid Robin Harris Christopher Martin Martin Lawrence Tisha Campbell A.J. Johnson