A really sweet, good natured movie. No doubt it rates higher simply in comparison to the shoddy, often violent other urban youth films. The first 10 minutes kinda blow, but once they get to the party it is, as they say, all good. There’s even some subtle anti-Establishment stuff in there. “House Party” is marred by the awful B-story of the three bad guys, one of whom affects an awful Curly Joe voice, who are out to “kick some fuckin’ ass.” Great performances from Robin Harris, John Witherspoon, Martin Lawrence and “Kid.” Where the hell is “Kid” now? He’s a genius!
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