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House Party (2023) DVD Review

2023’s “House Party” isn’t worth attending. 

In this 2023 reboot/remake of 1990’s Kid ‘n Play starring comedy, the story revolves around friends Kevin and Damon. Kevin is a broke wannabe musician who has a daughter. Damon is his broke pal who is in debt. The two work at a cleaning service but they have dreams of being party promoters. The two plan on plotting a big party to make some money but they’re in dire need of a venue. When the two discover they are cleaning the home of LeBron James, they decide to throw a big party at his residence while he’s away. Will this party be the life changing event that turns their lives around or will it be an utter disaster? Will you even care what happens?

Aside from seeing the old New Line Cinema logo at the start, this new version of “House Party” is a poorly paced joyless comedy. The original is an influential and landmark hip-hop comedy. There’s nothing inspiring about this new take written by Stephen Glover and Jamal Olori which frequently feels like it was written on the spot. Unless you find yourself amused by a drug taking Koala, a DJ with a life crisis, and Kid Cudi in the Illuminati, you’re unlikely to find any laughs here either. You can practically hear each joke landing with a thud. Director Calmatic (best known for music videos) seems out of his league here as he tries to cram as many cameos into the movie as possible instead of focusing on story, characters, or even creating a party that isn’t tremendously lame. 

Speaking of the cameos, expect to see the likes of Kid Cudi, Walter Emanuel Jones, Mya, Odell Beckham Jr., Lil Wayne, Juvenile, Mark Cuban, Snoop Dogg, Anthony Davis, Lena Waithe  and LeBron James (who is somehow even worse in this than “Space Jam: A New Legacy”). Kid ‘n Play also makes an all too brief cameo. In terms of the main cast, Jacob Latimore is rather bland while Tosin Cole steals the show as Damon. It’s hard to believe this is the same actor who played Ryan in Doctor Who. He showed real range here.


Presentation: 1.85:1. Grade: A-

Audio Track: Dolby Digital 5.1. Grade: B+

No extras have been included.


February 26, 2023 - Posted by | DVD review | , , , ,

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