Dope by Forest Whitaker and Nina Yang Bongiovi
Dope by Forest Whitaker and Nina Yang Bongiovi

Dope by Forest Whitaker and Nina Yang Bongiovi

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The dope is a crime comedy drama that was released in 2015. In this crime comedy film, a high school senior named Malcolm Adekanbi and his two best friends namely Diggy and Jib live in California in a neighborhood called Bottoms where crime scenes are frequent and not something to exasperate. Malcolm being a high school senior, he wishes to join his dream college (Harvard University). However, when Malcolm is biking home, a drug dealer named Dom stops him on the way and asks him to invite a lady called Nakia to his party. During the party, Dom and his friends meet at the backroom for a conversation. In few minutes they are interrupted by a gang which makes Dom to hide behind the bar near Malcolm bag. Dom being in possession of drugs, iPhone and a gun, he hides them in Malcolm’s back as soon as he notices the arrival of the police. Next day in school, Malcolm notices the drugs, iPhone and a gun in his bag of which he notices a stranger calling from the iPhone and claiming to know Malcolm’s identity and asks him to turn over the drugs that day.

Immediately, a call from Dom interrupts and tells Malcolm that he is being lured into a trap and advises him to run away to an address he has just texted. In the next day, Malcolm meets with a college student called will who promises to link him with the money laundering gangster called Fidel. As soon as they meet as planned, Malcolm is assaulted and the money taken away by the bullies. For self-defense, Malcolm pulls a gun for self-defense and g

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ets the money back. The next day Malcolm attends a college interview at Jacob’s place who is an alumni of Harvard and writes a college application letter. Later in the week, Malcom enters his room and finds an envelope from Harvard University, he opens it and finally he smiles with emotions all over him (“Dope Official film #1 (2015)

The movie dope conforms stereotypes of African-American through using nostalgic obsession of its characters. In the film, Dope, the narration describes the nostalgic obsession of Dope’s characters and frustratingly their blank roles throughout the film. Example is that Malcolm is reasonably an expressive performer who frustratingly plays a blank role by being Humorous in order to exhibit stereotypes of African-Americans.
The Dope film’s characters have constant nostalgic obsession throughout the film in various aspects in the movie aiming at broadening the main art of the film.

For instance, Malcolm being the main actor, he is nostalgic in the fact that throughout the film he is found to reminisce his dream of joining the Harvard University for a while. In the same note, Malcolm is an optimism because in the initial stage of the film, he sounds sure and certain in attaining admission in Harvard. The film explains based on the choreography of the movie, the ironic development of the film in the fact that Malcolm is a black American geek solely starring a movie with the whites. Moreover, the dope film implies, a sort or racial ethnicity in

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the scene where Willy and other college students decides to assault a black student and decides to loop away with his belongings. The revenge of Malcolm when he decided to take a gun and fire in return when he was assaulted by the white college students clearly explains the strength of an African in the leading role to support blacks and power to take revenge Bogle (121).

Secondly, Malcom is an expressive performer who frustratingly plays a blank role by being Humorous in the fact that does not mind being called a drug trafficker instead he walks all around with his backpack with the drugs inside without fear. He performs being a moderator (teacher) as he teaches Nakia on how to pass her exams, he possess a gun of which he can mistakenly be called a robber. Malcolm is a murderer in the fact that he decided to retaliate when he was assaulted. Dope film clearly describes Malcolm as being a fine expressive performer who frustratingly plays an indefinite, unstable and different roles but so much funny.

Thirdly, the African-American consolidation of the film connotes the art of nostalgia in the case where Malcolm is the main character in the film. Malcolm demonstrates a constant nostalgic obsession throughout the film showing that Africans are not so much inferior in the presence of white people. This clearly is depicted when he receives an academic appointment letter from a white-state based university trailing him to have received a chance of admission in Harvard University. According to Guerrero (201), modern white films use African characters to portray a given cross ethnic cultural, political and social identity. Moreover he argues that white people use black characters in suitable positions of acting such as being armed robbers and drug trafficking. Therefore in the film Dope, Malcolm is used to nostalgically demonstrate how Africans are poor enough to engage themselves in money laundering business.

Moreover, this movie possesses an accurate and powerful message. It is known that young African American males are looked down upon, and being African American and from a rough neighborhood emphasizes this idea Boyd (094). In this movie, Malcolm lists several academic accomplishments and how attending a drug dealer’s party contributed to his growth. He directly states, “So why do I want to attend Harvard? If I was white would you even have to ask me that question?” (Dope Official film #1 (2015) this line appeals to sensitivity for all audiences, but particularly to African American males because they know the struggles that they have overcome.

A fourth way in which Dope exhibits characteristics of a nostalgic obsession in the film is how Nakia expresses the art of female comic relief, beauty and how female beings used to be perceived there before the geek and hip hop life. This can be seen throughout the movie in the case where the cinematography uses only a white woman who is symbolically a comic relief in the presence of men. The beauty of Nakia in the film brings about a comic relief to men who likes white women. Moreover, the dope film’s characters are described as being putative and

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