We The Party is a comedy film directed by Mario Van Peebles revolving around the story of contemporary youths and their view of the world today. We The Party was released in theaters last April 6th and received mixed reviews from critics and audiences alike. The tone of teenagers partying and living life as if there is no tomorrow may have raised a few eyebrows than expected. Let’s take a look at a couple of movie reviews for We The Party:
“We The Party: Something Good Despite All The Partying
It’s oversimplifying to compare “We the Party” to “The Breakfast Club,” because both involve teenagers thrown together into a situation that tests them and helps them grow. A better comparison would be with “House Party” (1990), not least because it also features so much music.
The movie’s excuse for most of the music is a house party, thrown by the hero and involving a hip-hop contest with a cash prize, and a talent show connected to the high school prom. But the movie is about a lot more, and despite its flashy cinematography and colorful sets, it contains a great deal that is serious about growing up in America today.
The movie was written and directed by Mario Van Peebles (“New Jack City”), who says he got the idea for this film when some of his kids threw a party at their house. Mario, I should add, has five children, and four of them appear here, including Mandela Van Peebles, as Hendrix Sutton, a graduating senior who gets good grades — perhaps because of — or even despite — his father (played by Mario) is one of his teachers.”
The rest of the review can be read at Suntimes
Here is another review from Cole Smithey
“We The Party: A Movie Review From Cole Smithey
There are a few moments during writer/director Mario Van Peebles’s overly didactic high school drama when you can almost glimpse the good film buried beneath all the artifice. Set in South Los Angeles, the story is centered on the imaginary Baldwin Hills High School where everything is just oh-so perfect. Golden-boy senior Hendrix (Mandela Van Peebles) is kept under constant surveillance by his teacher father Dr. Sutton (Mario Van Peebles) and his school principal mom. Dad has no intention of letting his son make any wrong moves en route to college. Hendrix is naturally obsessed with saving up to buy a car, and charming his way into the presence of the hot girl at school, Cheyenne (Simone Battle). The filmmaker bangs a drum about the importance of education. “Minimum effort now means minimum wage later,” Sutton tells his son. The oversimplified statement doesn’t allow for all of the unemployed college grads that can’t pay off their student loans. “We the Party” is a disappointing effort. It’s much too on-the-nose about teaching a young audience how to be better people. Such a controlling objective was doomed before it began.”
The original article can be seen at colesmithey.com
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