The plot is simple: a grounded teenage boy sneaks out of the house while his father is asleep. He ends up at an epic bash with dance contests, rap battles, and beautiful women who love to flirt. Hilarity ensues, aided by an all-star cast, including hip-hop duo Kid ‘n Play, funk master George Clinton, and legendary comedian Robin Harris, who died nine days after the movie’s release in 1990.
“House Party” is now a cult classic, and with its day-glo colors and old-school hip-hop soundtrack, it remains a reference to the music, fashion and spirit of the late 1980s. Plus, the comedy’s commercial success opened the door for 1990s films with rappers in the starring roles (i.e. “Juice” with Tupac Shakur and “Belly” with Nas and DMX). It also launched Martin Lawrence’s career.
On Friday, June 26, the Museum of the Moving Image will present a 25th anniversary special screening of “House Party,” as part of Changing the Picture, an ongoing series exploring African-Americans in film. Set to begin at 7 p.m., many cast and crew members — including Full Force, the group that made part of the soundtrack — will take part in a discussion moderated by the film’s producer, Warrington Hudlin.