Rolling Stone - 03/22/1990
"...Fast and lively, the film sweeps you along on a tide of music and laughs..."
New York Times - 03/09/1990
"...Effervescent....The [actors] bounce and weave through HOUSE PARTY with the high spirits of performers in a live concert..."
Los Angeles Times - 03/09/1990
"...A catchy, often hilarious teen-age sex comedy....The breezy self-assurance carries it along....The charm comes from a number of sources: the actors, the brassy camera style, the new territory being tapped..."
Description by OLDIES.com:
House Party is a fast and fresh look at one teenager's pursuit of life, liberty and happiness. Kid (Christopher Reid) has three things going for him -- a tall fade, a wide grin and a way with women. But three equally powerful things are against him, trio "Full Force," as the pumped-up punks who want to put an end to Kid's fun, an over-protective father (Robin Harris), and the very beautiful best friends who want Kid to choose between them.
The minute Play learns his folks are leaving town, he plans a house party to show off his rapping talents. Kid wants to be a rapper too, but his pop forbids him from attending the party. Kid's adventure begins when pop falls asleep and he sneaks out to the party.
Adolescent knaves Kid 'n Play -- two handsome homeboys from around the way -- are planning the ultimate house party. There's only one hitch: Kid's super-strict dad forbids the star student to do anything but study. So he sneaks out of the house and over to Play's to get in on the fun. But to get there he has to dodge two hardened hoods from high school just itching to kick his butt; redneck cops cruising the 'Hood in search of a punching bag, and his irate old man who's angry Kid left the house in the first place. If he can clear these hurdles, he'll make the party in time to rock the mike and jam with a few of the buxom black beauties he and Play have invited to their lair.
Rap Music |
Shot in Metrocolor.
Directorial debut for Reginald Hudlin.
Shown at the U.S. Film Festival, Park City, Utah, January 20, 1990.