House Party
House Party (1990)

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… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: March 9, 1990
DVD Release Date: September 5, 2000
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Critic Score: 96% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

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

Time Out

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.

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

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.

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Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

An energetic and hilarious party film with charming stars, a killer soundtrack, and some great moments...

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Vincent Canby
New York Times

All of the performances are good and the soundtrack pulses with humor as well as decibels.

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Desson Thomson
Washington Post

[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.

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This is a feel-good no-brainer with a party-loving cast and flat-top hairdos you could play pool on.

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Hal Hinson
Washington Post

House Party isn't a great movie, but it's heartfelt and enormously winning.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

House Party is silly and high-spirited and not particularly significant, and that is just as it should be.

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TV Guide

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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 82% Flixster User Reviews
Lucas Martins
Entertaining and terrible funny.
Jason Spencer
I liked it. This was what you wanted your parties to be like when I was younger. They never were though and it was never as easy to hook up with the girls as… More
Dean King
Ah this was a great funny film when I saw it years ago about a big house party. It is very funny in places.
danny d
classic. i worked on that dance move at the end for months. fun movie
Lenny Muggsy
Good lines
Nani Vang
I can watch this movie over and over as a kid.