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House Party (1990)



Critic Consensus: House Party is a light, entertaining teen comedy with an infectious energy.

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House Party is an infectious, engaging comedy starring the rap duo Kid 'N Play. Kid (Christopher Reid) decides to throw a party where he plans to blow the roof off the joint with his rhyming skills, so he and his friend Play (Christopher Martin) throw a huge party while Play's parents are away. The day of the party, Kid is grounded by his father (Robin Harris) and he has to sneak out of the house to get to the party, where he is confronted by several rival rappers, as well as a bevy of adoring girls. Though House Party follows a standard plot-line straight out of the '50s rock & roll films, the script is inventive, providing many different twists and turns, while Reginald Hudlin's direction is assured and very, very funny. Kid 'N Play are both terrific, but the true standout is legendary comedian Robin Harris in one of his few screen roles. House Party later spawned two sequels and an animated television series. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine, Rovi

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Christopher "Kid" Reid
as Christopher 'Kid' Harris
Christopher Martin
as Peter 'Play' Martin
as Zilla
Edith Fields
as Principal
Clifton Powell
as Older Brother
Verda Bridges
as Sharane's Sister
Kimi Sung
as Sunni
as Sidney's Mom
J. Jay Saunders
as Sidney's Dad
Myra J.
as Guest
Randy Harris
as Roughouse
Val Gamble
as La Shay
John Witherspoon
as Mr. Strickland
Bebe Drake-Massey
as Mrs. Strickland
A.J. Johnson
as Sharane
as Girl No. 1
Bentley Evans
as Tall Teen
Bebe Drake
as Mrs. Strickland
Stan Haze
as Hatchett
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Critic Reviews for House Party

All Critics (29) | Top Critics (11)

It's a view often lost in Hollywood's Wonder Bread world. That's why the Hudlins are a welcome pair. They celebrate modern black culture with no needless apologies.

August 18, 2021 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

Clearly this is no masterpiece, but as its US reception indicated, it is a product overdue in the market, and it compares well with its anaemic counterparts.

August 16, 2007 | Full Review…
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All of the performances are good and the soundtrack pulses with humor as well as decibels.

May 20, 2003 | Rating: 3.5/5

This is the only House Party that counts.

March 10, 2003 | Full Review…

An aged piece of ghetto-lore that has become less black-counterpart to Heathers and Dazed and Confused than pristine example of serendipity in film.

August 14, 2001 | Rating: 62/100

There's a lot more energy and social reality in this picture than one is accustomed to finding in teen exploitation movies; the cutting is often dynamic, and Hudlin generally does a good job of keeping things moving.

January 1, 2000

Audience Reviews for House Party

Entertaining and terrible funny.

Lucas Martins
Lucas Martins

Super Reviewer

Ah this was a great funny film when I saw it years ago about a big house party. It is very funny in places.

Dean King
Dean King

Super Reviewer

Good lines

Lenny Muggsy
Lenny Muggsy

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