If you’re a 90s baby, the OG House Party series was a definitive picture of what you wished your young adult experience to be like. They are a pivotal part of the millennial Black experience and are solidified within the list of movies you have to see to keep your Black card. Plus, do you really know how to dance if you can’t do the “Kid ‘n’ Play” with your bestie?
So, how does the 2023 remake stack up? I give it: 4 out of 5 stars, or “Ariel Coverage clouds” in this case.
Synopsis: Aspiring club promoters and best buddies Damon [Jacob Latimore] and Kevin [Tosin Cole] are barely keeping things together. Out of money, down on their luck and about to lose the roofs over their heads, they need a huge windfall to make their problems go away. They soon decide to host the party of the year at an exclusive mansion, which just happens to belong to none other than NBA superstar LeBron James.
My thoughts: In a world where remakes seek to emulate the same things that made their predecessor successful, House Party 2023 forges its own path with solely a similar premise and updated presentation. With writing from Atlanta FX’s own Stephen Glover and James Olori- paired with cameos from some of the most legendary artists of the past several decades – the film had a sardonic, self-aware quality that made it hilarious. Where other party films try to make their events more outrageous than the last, House Party brought an almost satirical approach to the genre itself; like Atlanta, the social commentary behind the laughs was satisfying. It was deeply comforting as a millennial and fan of the culture to see some of my favorite musicians and athletes make an appearance, and make fun of themselves while clearly having fun in the process.
Well-written buddy comedies are my fave, and this one is definitely going in the arsenal for when I need a laugh.
Watch the trailer, and go see #HouseParty – out in theaters today, and check out pics from the premiere below!
What do you think?