Let me start by apologizing to Lebron James, WB, SpringHill Entertainment, Kid N’ Play & whoever else was involved with making the House Party reboot. I was SLEEP!! I’m not a fan of reboots because about 80% of the time they screw up the original. THEY PROVED ME WRONG!!! This joint was DOPE!
For people my age that came up on the original House Party movies… DO NOT PRESS PLAY THINKING YOU GONNA GET THE EXACT SAME THING!! It’s definitely a modernized version of the classic. A lot of references to the original throughout the movie, including the classic dance scene in the middle of the party. No cap, within the first 5 min I was DYING laughing because of Allen Maldanado (The Last OG, Black-ish), Melvin Gregg (Snowfall, The Way Back) & Rotimi (Power, Coming 2 America) who basically play the bullies like Full Force did in the OG movies.
Tosin Cole (Doctor Who, Star Wars: The Force Awakens) who played Damon stole the show as the hood party promoter! Definitely was one of the funniest & best characters in the movie. Jacob Latimore (The Chi, Sleight) did his thing too as the ‘responsible one’. Several random superstar cameo appearances throughout the movie… I ain’t finna spoil ’em for you. Definitely a weird twist towards the end that I think they coulda done without. If it wasn’t for Kid Cudi being HILARIOUS during that scene then it woulda made ZERO sense. Lebron was funny too! It seems like he couldn’t WAIT to cuss on screen for whatever reason.. get that Space Jam Lebron out your head because THIS ain’t THAT!
This is actually the first feature film from director Calmatic. He’s mostly known for directing music videos such as Lil Nas X’s ‘Old Town Road’, Kendrick Lamar’s ‘Rich Spirit’ and a few of my boo Jhene Aiko’s videos. In an interview with Yahoo he said “I know there’s a lot of talk about remakes and you can’t touch a classic and all that kind of stuff, but I feel like a property like House Party should be remade every 10 years.” Also saying that this movie is for today’s kids not necessarily for the people who grew up on the OG. Calmatic is also directing the reboot of ‘White Men Can’t Jump’ with Jack Harlow & to be honest.. I’m wayyyy more excited about it than I was before.
I say allat to say this… this new House Party is DEFINITELY worth the watch. Get comfortable, get some snacks & just enjoy it! I give it 4 outta 5!