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Not as 'Dope' as hyped, but it has its moments

Not as 'Dope' as hyped, but it has its moments

Sundance is some pusher. Arriving on a wave of buzz following its film festival debut, "Dope," about a trio of Inglewood geeks caught up in a drug heist, seems poised to ride its pop culture cachet (music-loving African American nerds, or blerds, plus a Pharrell-produced soundtrack) to summer indie glory. But "Dope" has its own trafficking problem: tired stereotypes, shallow humor and lip service to the complexities of racial identity and expectation. Writer-director Rick Famuyiwa's movie, though inspired by his own Inglewood childhood, is such a pandering mess, it raises the question: Whom is this for? Sweet-faced, likable newcomer Shameik Moore plays...

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