House Party
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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 &… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 96%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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."
‑ , Time Out
"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."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"An energetic and hilarious party film with charming stars, a killer soundtrack, and some great moments..."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"The first--and best--of the three black comedies made of the same concept, this joyful picture was far less cloying than its white counterpart movies of the 1960s."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"good-natured, raunchy fun"
‑ James Sanford, Kalamazoo Gazette
"All of the performances are good and the soundtrack pulses with humor as well as decibels."
‑ Vincent Canby, New York Times
"[It's] fast-moving, never dull, extremely funny, and manages to touch, with lighthearted (and R-rated) profundity on almost every youthful issue you can imagine, including police harassment, teenage sex, the all-too-easy road to jail and alcohol drinking."
‑ Desson Thomson, Washington Post
"This is a feel-good no-brainer with a party-loving cast and flat-top hairdos you could play pool on."
‑ , Film4
"This is the only House Party that counts."
‑ Marjorie Baumgarten, Austin Chronicle
"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."
‑ Ed Gonzalez, Apollo Guide
"House Party isn't a great movie, but it's heartfelt and enormously winning."
‑ Hal Hinson, Washington Post
"House Party is silly and high-spirited and not particularly significant, and that is just as it should be."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Crude and cartoony but hypnotic in its infectious energy, this low-budget comedy about a night in the lives of some black teenagers is an auspicious debut from brothers Reginald (directing) and Warrington (producing) Hudlin."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"What is most appealing about House Party, and what sets it apart from many movies in the same genre, is that there is an energy and exuberance, a joy of living being celebrated here that is absolutely infectious."
‑ Chris Hicks, Deseret News, Salt Lake City
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