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Watch: Trailer for Sundance Sensation ‘Dope’ Feels Like ’90s “Hood” Classics on Speed

Watch: Trailer for Sundance Sensation 'Dope' Feels Like '90s "Hood" Classics on Speed

In one of the buzziest buys of the Sundance Film Festival so far, Open Road Films and Sony Pictures jointly won the bidding battle for “Dope,” Rick Famuyiwa’s hip-hop-addled, coming-of-age comedy for the millennial set. Trailer below.

“Dope” centers on the subcultures, gangsters and drug dealers dwelling in a hardscrabble Inglewood, CA. Shameik Moore plays Malcolm, frontman of a nerdy punk band called The Bottoms, who’s pulled into a debauchery-filled netherworld of offbeat characters and bad behavior after scoring a chance invite to a big underground party. Drawing comparisons to “Superbad,” “Go,” “Pulp Fiction,” as well as “Boyz n the Hood” and the “Friday” series, the film has already captured strong reviews and great word-of-mouth.

TWC, A24, Fox Searchlight and Focus were among distributors bidding into the wee small hours this weekend. Deadline pitches the Open Road/Sony deal at $7 million, and with a very healthy prints and advertising budget of $15 million, the distributors are eagerly throwing their weight behind what looks to be an indie hit.

Open Road will handle stateside release, with Sony Pictures taking care of international distribution.

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