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‘HOUSE PARTY’ AT 30: WRITER-DIRECTOR REGINALD HUDLIN ON ALMOST CAST WILL SMITH, HOLLYWOOD’S RESISTANCE TO BLACK TEEN MOVIES, AND MORE

“Thirty is the age of a grown ass person,” Reginald Hudlin declared on Monday, the day his directorial debut and cult classic House Party celebrated the 30th anniversary of its theatrical release. That means House Party, which starred popular rap duo Kid-N-Play as high school friends who plot a raucous blowout when one’s parents leave town,…

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“WHO CAN’T GET ON BOARD WITH THAT?”: HOW ‘HOUSE PARTY’ BROUGHT THE BLACK TEENAGE EXPERIENCE TO THE MAINSTREAM

Released 30 years ago on Monday, the movie is best remembered for Kid ’n Play and an infamous dance battle. But the breakout hit was also one of the most important films of the 1990s.  “The fact is, these black kids are just like every other kid in America,” Reginald Hudlin…

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EXCLUSIVE: DIRECTOR REGINALD HUDLIN ON CELEBRATING HOUSE PARTY 30 YEARS LATER

Today marks the 30th anniversary of the coming-of-age, romantic comedy classic House Party. Released by New Line Cinema on March 9th in 1990, the film was written and directed by Reginald Hudlin and starred the rap duo Christopher “Kid” Reid and Christopher “Play” Martin of Kid ‘N Play  Also featured in the comedy were Martin Lawrence, Tisha Campbell, A.J. Johnson,…

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HOUSE PARTY AND THE ART OF THE DANCE-OFF

Upon its 30th anniversary, the dance-off in Reginald and Warrington Hudlin’s teen comedy offers a rosetta stone for the rest of the film’s enduring charms. Arriving at the end of the decade in which teen movie conventions were minted, House Party made a handful of notable – even essential – changes to…

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‘HOUSE PARTY’ IS A CLASSIC COMEDY THAT SHOWED BLACK KIDS BEING THEMSELVES

Reggie Hudlin’s classic comedy’s enduring appeal lies in its specific cultural voice. It’s been 30 years since the release of House Party, the enduring Reginald Hudlin-directed teen rap comedy starring Kid ‘N Play. In those three decades, the popular movie has spawned an entire franchise (with an expected reboot on the way),…

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