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When party time comes, it's time to tear the house down! If they get caught, it's all over. But if they don't, it's just the beginning. Kid n' Play star in the uproarious comedy that launched the House Party craze.
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Critics Consensus: House Party is a light, entertaining teen comedy with an infectious energy.
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Common Sense Says
'90 hip-hop comedy marred by gay slurs. Lots of cursing.
What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that House Party is a 1990 comedy in which Kid and Play are teens who throw a house party. While some of the comedy has held up, using homophobia as a punchline hasn't. In a rap battle between Kid and Play, being gay is something to be mocked. One of the bullies often uses the word "f--got." In perhaps the most shockingly dated scene, Kid is in jail and spurns what appears to be a near prison rape by rapping about how he isn't gay while making jokey references to AIDS, Rock Hudson, and Liberace. Frequent profanity, including the "N" word, "f--k," and "p---y." There's some drinking at the party, and the one character who is the most enthusiastic about drinking is later shown to be stumbling and passing out while everybody else is having fun. Some sex; teens inadvertently witness a couple having sex in their bedroom and the man is very loud as he grunts and talks about his wife's "p---y." Teens almost have sex -- Kid takes out a condom while his girlfriend starts to remove her bra -- but they stop when her parents get home. Some bullying: Bullies verbally taunt Kid and then rough him up in the school cafeteria. This movie launched a series of sequels, and a remake is in the works via LeBron James' production company.
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- Release Date:March 9, 1990
- Audio Format:5.1
- Screen Pass Eligible:Yes
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