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With: Christopher "Kid" Reid, Christopher "Play" Martin, Robin Harris, Martin Lawrence, "Paul Anthony" George, Lucien "Bowlegged Lou" George, Jr., Brian "B-Fine" George, Tisha Campbell, A.J. Johnson, Gene "Groove" Allen, Daryl "Chill" Mitchell, Lou B. Washington, Kelly Jo Minter, John Witherspoon, Bebe Drake, Clifton Powell, Verda Bridges, Desi Arnez Hines II, Barry Diamond, Michael Pniewski, Norma Donaldson, Shaun Baker, Anthony Johnson, Cliff Frazier, Jaime Cardriche
Written by: Reginald Hudlin
Directed by: Reginald Hudlin
MPAA Rating: R
Running Time: 100
Date: 03/09/1990

House Party (1990)

3 Stars (out of 4)

To Da Break of Dawn

By Jeffrey M. Anderson

Reginald Hudlin's House Party came during an amazing influx of African-American-made films, and remains one of that period's best, perhaps largely because it doesn't feel at all important. Though it's rated "R," it feels fairly innocent today; the only character that drinks alcohol pays a price for it. Rap duo "Kid 'n Play" (Christopher Reid and Christopher Martin) are re-invented as a comedy duo, with the former as the goofy ne'er-do-well and the latter as the responsible straight man. Tisha Campbell and A.J. Johnson are the cute girls, and Martin Lawrence and Robin Harris provide extra comedy. Members of the R&B group Full Force appear as bullies. Hudlin's direction is cheerful and energetic, while remaining rooted in the real.

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