House Party is a 1990 American comedy film released by New Line Cinema. It stars Kid and Play of the popular hip hop duo Kid ‘n Play, and also stars Paul Anthony, Bow-Legged Lou, and B-Fine from Full Force, and Robin Harris (who died of a heart attack nine days after House Party was released). The film also starred Martin Lawrence, Tisha Campbell, A.J. Johnson, Daryl “Chill” Mitchell and Gene “Groove” Allen (of Groove B. Chill), Kelly Jo Minter, John Witherspoon, with a cameo by funk musician George Clinton. This was Robin Harris’ last on-screen performance before his untimely death, shortly after the film was completed.
The film was written and directed by Reginald Hudlin, based on his award-winning Harvard University student film. The film grossed $26,385,627 in its run at the box office with its widest release being 700 theaters. The film has since become a cult classic. Upon its initial release, the film garnered critical acclaim.
House Party was met with critical acclaim. On Rotten Tomatoes, the film has a 96% “fresh” rating, based on 24 reviews, with an average rating of 6.9/10. The site’s critical consensus reads, “House Party is a light, entertaining teen comedy with an infectious energy”. Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times gave it three out of four stars and commended its “energy and exuberance”. He called the film “wall-to-wall with exuberant song and dance” and stated, “the musical is a canvas used by the director, Reginald Hudlin, to show us black teenagers with a freshness and originality that’s rare in modern movies”.
House Party Soundtrack